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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...

Supreme Court Affirms Broad Deference Is Owed to the FCC

Posted by CommLaw | Apr 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

On April 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project, 141 S.Ct. 1150 (2021), affirming the FCC's deregulation of certain media ownership restrictions. The decision affirms the deference owed to FCC decision making, including its reliance on predic...

FCC Adopts 3.45 GHz Service Rules

Posted by CommLaw | Apr 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted rules implementing the Beat CHINA for 5G Act, enacted in December 2020, which requires the FCC, by December 31, 2021, to begin an auction for new licenses authorizing flexible use of the 3.45 GHz (3450-3550 MHz) band. The new rules establish...

ARPA Provides $7.2 Billion to Address the “Homework Gap”

Posted by CommLaw | Mar 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021 provides $7,171,000,00.00 for an Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) to assist schools and libraries to bridge the “Homework Gap” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying schools and libraries may obtain fundin...

FCC Opens Inquiry on Open Radio Access Networks

Posted by CommLaw | Mar 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission last week announced that it has established GN Docket No. 21-63, Promoting the Deployment of 5G Open Access Radio Networks (ORAN), and released a draft Notice of Inquiry that the Commission will vote on at its March 3, 2021 monthly meeting. The Notice of Inq...

Chairman Pai Takes Victory Lap in His Final FCC Meeting

Posted by CommLaw | Jan 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

FCC Chair Ajit Pai, in what he termed his Grand Finale, presided over his final monthly meeting of the agency on January 13, 2021. The agenda focused on the agency's significant achievements during the past four years. Presentations summarizing those efforts were delivered by current heads of the...

Biden-Harris Announce FCC Review Team

Posted by CommLaw | Nov 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris have announced their review team for the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies, in preparation for the transition to their administration. As noted by the Biden-Harris transition news release, the review teams...

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