New FCC Rules Permit States to Lease 4.9 GHz Band Spectrum

Posted by CommLaw | Oct 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Federal Communications Commission on September 30, 2020 adopted new rules permitting states to lease spectrum in the 4.9 GHz (4940-4990 MHz) band. Under the new rules, states may determine the highest and best use for the band, and thus may continue to use the spectrum for their own public safety network operations; may enter into commercial arrangements for deployment of public-safety communications services; may lease spectrum to a commercial provider for deployment of mobile or fixed wireless Internet service, private land mobile radio service or critical infrastructure connectivity; or a combination of any of these or other arrangements allowed by FCC rules.

EBS License Transactions Picking Up in Advance of 2.5 GHz Overlay License Auction

Posted by CommLaw | Aug 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

New rules governing the licensing of Educational Broadband Service spectrum substantially increased flexibility regarding the sale or lease of current licenses and spectrum capacity in advance of an FCC auction of “overlay” EBS licenses. Since the rules took effect in April, the number of transactions seeking FCC approval to sell EBS licenses or lease spectrum has increased, with 42 applications seeking approval to assign EBS licenses and 33 new applications seeking approval of EBS spectrum leases.


Posted by Mark O'Connor | Jun 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

On June 9, the FCC approved final procedures for the upcoming Rural Development Opportunity Fund (RDOF) reverse auction, setting a deadline of July 15 for participants to file short-form applications with bidding to commence on October 29. Winning broadband providers will receive subsidies over a...

FCC Announces Coronavirus-Related Delays

Posted by Ash Johnston | Mar 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The FCC yesterday extended several deadlines as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The start date for Auction 105 (CBRS Priority Access Licenses for the 3.5 GHz band) is pushed back from June 25 to July 23, 2020, and deadlines for filing a Form 175 application and submitting an upfront p...

FCC's C Band Actions

Posted by Mark O'Connor | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The FCC has released a Public Notice proposing procedures for the auction of spectrum licenses in the C-Band (3.7 GHz to 3.98 GHz). The auction (FCC Auction 107) is scheduled to commence on December 8, 2020. The FCC also adopted a Report and Order setting final service rules for C-Band licensees ...

FCC Sets Comment Dates for Open Internet Remand Issues

Posted by Ash Johnston | Feb 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

The FCC is asking for public comment on issues remanded last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Mozilla Corp. v. FCC, which vacated the FCC's 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIF Order) to the extent the FCC expressly preempted state or local requireme...

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