Posted by CommLaw | Mar 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

On March 4, 2024, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing that the last full month of reimbursements for low-income households enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will be April 2024. Providers are required to send three written wind-down notices to all ACP subscribers. The ...

FCC Seeks Comment on Access to Spectrum Inventory

Posted by CommLaw | Mar 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

The FCC is seeking public comment on ways to facilitate access to spectrum in light of the lapse, effective March 9, 2023, of its authority to utilize auctions to issue spectrum licenses. Comments are due April 8, 2024, and reply comments are due April 22, 2024. Specifically, in a March 7, 2024 ...

FCC Updates Rules for 70/80/90 GHz Bands

Posted by CommLaw | Feb 06, 2024 | 0 Comments

The FCC recently revised its rules governing operations in the 70/80/90 GHz band to allow for more intensive use of these bands, including allowing services to endpoints in motion. With certain exceptions, the rules adopted in the Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket No. 20-133 will become effecti...


Posted by CommLaw | Nov 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

On November 9, 2023 the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) released an updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) clarifying the use of Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.  Under the NTIA'...

FCC Proposes to Re-Institute Net Neutrality Rules

Posted by CommLaw | Oct 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

At its next monthly meeting, scheduled for October 19, 2023, the FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (WC Docket No. 23-320) to reestablish its authority over broadband Internet access service (BIAS) by classifying it as a telecommunications service subject to regulation under Title ...

FCC Adopts Enhanced ACP Broadband Discounts for High-Cost Areas

Posted by CommLaw | Aug 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

On August 3, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Sixth Report and Order reforming the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) rules to provide for an enhanced benefit of up to $75 per month for broadband services to eligible households located in high-cost areas.  To receive the b...

FCC Initiates Proceeding on Measuring Spectrum Use

Posted by CommLaw | Aug 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission recently released a Notice of Inquiry (WT Docket No. 23-232) seeking comment on whether and how the FCC should improve its understanding of spectrum usage by FCC licensees and others subject to FCC jurisdiction. Comments on the NOI are due October 3, 2023, and reply comments are due November 2, 2023.

BEAD Milestone Met: What’s Next?

Posted by CommLaw | Jun 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

On June 26, 2023, the U.S. National Telecommunications Information Agency (NTIA) announced the allocation of $42.45 billion among the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories, for infrastructure projects to deliver broadband to unserved and underserved communities under t...


Posted by CommLaw | Feb 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

The FCC adopted rules prohibiting providers from entering into enforcing two types of revenue sharing agreements -- graduated revenue sharing agreements and exclusive marketing arrangements -- with MTE owners that amount to de facto exclusive access agreements and require providers to disclose the existence of exclusive marketing arrangements. The FCC also clarified that existing cable inside wiring rules prohibit “sale-and-leaseback” arrangements.

Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy Includes Recommendations Urging FCC to Reinstate Open Internet Rules

Posted by CommLaw | Jul 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

President Biden on July 9, 2021 issued an Executive Order establishing a “whole-of-government” framework to coordinate Federal government efforts to address overconcentration, monopolization, and unfair competition affecting the U.S. economy. Policies. The Order finds that industry consolidation...

FCC Relaxes Equipment Importation and Marketing Rules

Posted by CommLaw | Jun 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission last week adopted a Report and Order updating its equipment rules to allow more radiofrequency devices to be imported prior to equipment authorization for pre-sale activities, and to expand the scope of conditional sales contracts prior to equipment authoriza...

Auction 110 to Begin October 5, 2021

Posted by CommLaw | Jun 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The FCC announced procedures and key dates for Auction 110, which will offer ten 10 MHz licenses in each of 411 Partial Economic Areas (PEAs) in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia, covering the 3450-3550 MHz band, for a total of 4,060 mid-band spectrum licenses. A single licens...

FCC Grants Stay of 4.9 GHz Leasing Rules

Posted by CommLaw | Jun 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

The FCC, by a 3-1 vote, last week granted a request to stay a rule that would allow a single statewide licensee in each state (“State Lessor”) to lease some or all of its 4.9 GHz spectrum rights to third parties, regardless of whether or not they are engaged in public safety operations, as the ru...

NTIA Launches $300 Million Program to Support Rural Broadband

Posted by CommLaw | May 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

On May 19, 2021, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity regarding the availability of grants under the $288 million Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP) to support the build out of broadband network infrastructure in rural ...

FCC Seeks Information About Impact of Computer Chip Shortage

Posted by CommLaw | May 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

The FCC this week released a Public Notice seeking comment on the potential impacts of a continuing global shortage of semiconductor chips on the U.S. communications industry and on FCC initiatives. Specific questions on which the FCC seeks input include the extent to which the shortage has spre...

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