Telecom Alert - 3.65 Public Notice; FirstNet, AT&T Ensure Preemption for Opt-In States; Auction Task Force & BDAC Members Announced; WiMax Forum Petition for Rulemaking; NTIA Workshop; Connected Product Intensive - Vol. XIV, Issue 15

Date: Apr 10, 2017

WTB Issues 3.65 GHz Public Notice

On April 7, the Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing the start of a four-month window for incumbent 3.65 GHz (3650-3700 MHz) license holders to file supplemental information necessary to define their Grandfathered Wireless Protection Zones within the parameters of the deployment of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (Vol. XII, Issue 31). The Public Notice outlines the process and procedures incumbent licensees must follow to establish a protection zone for incumbent operations.  The deadline for filing is August 7, 2017. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178).

FirstNet and AT&T Ensure Preemption for Opt-In States

FirstNet and AT&T officials announced that public safety entities in “opt-in” states will have preemptive priority on FirstNet’s 700 MHz Band 14 network and AT&T’s nationwide commercial networks. AT&T was awarded the $46.5 billion contract to build, deploy, operate, and maintain the nationwide public safety network (Vol. XIV, Issue 14). The network will be deployed in phases over the next five years, and prior to its completion, AT&T will grant preemptive access to 150 MHz of spectrum across various bands. AT&T already gives priority to public safety agencies to operate on commercial spectrum, and plans to implement preemptive access by the end of the year. States must either opt-in to the FirstNet-AT&T plan or build their own network, which must be interoperable with FirstNet.  State governors will make this decision by the end of the year. For more information, please contact Al Catalano (catalano@khlaw.com; 202.434.4207).

Chairman Pai Sets Auction Task Force & Broadband Development Advisory Committee Members

Last Week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to facilitate upcoming auctions relating to the Connect America Fund Phase II and Mobility Fund II. He also announced the members of the Broadband Development Advisory Committee that is focused on promoting broadband in rural and unserved areas. Jim Matheson, CEO of NRECA, is among those named to the Advisory Committee, ensuring electric cooperatives will have a voice in shaping future broadband policies. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).

WiMAX Forum Petitions FCC to Adopt Airport Communication Rules

The Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access Forum (WiMAX Forum) filed a Petition for Rulemaking to initiate the process for promulgating rules for the aeronautical mobile airport communication system (AeroMACS). As defined by the WiMax Forum, “AeroMACS is a standardized airport surface communications system for high capacity aeronautical mobile and fixed broadband communications relating to safety and regularity of flight.” In 2015 and 2017 the FCC allocated spectrum in the 5 GHz band for AeroMACS services. The WiMax Forum states that although AeroMACS is being tested domestically and internationally, implementation in the U.S. has been delayed due to the Commission failing to adopt service rules. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178).

NTIA Technical Workshop Announcement

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced it will be hosting a technical assistance workshop to explain the funding and planning associated with broadband infrastructure projects for state and local governments.  The workshop will be held on April 19, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).

Join Us for The Connected Product Intensive

Keller and Heckman LLP will be holding a new seminar, The Connected Product Intensive: A Framework for Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management, May 2-3, 2017 in San Francisco, CA.  The seminar will focus on the regulatory and litigation risks affecting connected products, and offer practical tips for compliance, risk avoidance, and risk management.  Topics include drafting privacy policies, responding to data breaches, environmental considerations, FCC issues, handling product recalls and product liability litigation, energy efficiency considerations, advertising and marketing, and end-user license agreements.  For more information and to register, click here.

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