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...

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...

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