Telecom Alert - Circuit-Shopping Concerns for FCC Small Cell Order; Restoring Internet Freedom Order Oral Argument; Spectrum Frontiers Auction Closes; Form 477 Deadline Extended; NG911 Grant Funding; KH Broadband Webinar - Vol. XVI, Issue 5

Date: Feb 04, 2019

Circuit-Shopping Concerns for FCC Small Cell Order Persist

In light of recent speculations that FCC staff may have influenced CMRS licensees to file petitions challenging the FCC’s Small Cell Order, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Pai on January 30, seeking additional information about the FCC’s role in looking to avoid the Ninth Circuit’s review of the Small Cell Order.  The Senators’ letter raises abuse of power and ethical concerns that the FCC may have pressured interested parties to file frivolous petitions to consolidate the appeals before the Tenth Circuit.  The Senators ask that the FCC respond to their questions by February 8.  For more information, please contact Al Catalano (catalano@khlaw.com; 202.434.4207).

Restoring Internet Freedom Order Oral Argument

Last Friday, petitioners, the FCC, and intervenors, presented their oral arguments against and in support of the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Including a brief break, the trade press reports that oral argument continued for 4.5 hours.  While unusual, it is not surprising as the RIF Order reversed the basic policy decisions in the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order which the same court affirmed in 2016.  The D.C. Circuit is expected to issue its opinion later this year. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).

Spectrum Frontiers Auction Closes

On January 31 the FCC announced that bidding ended in Auction 101 (licenses in the 27.5-28.35 GHz band).  The auction raised a total of $702,572,410 in gross bids with a total of 2,965 licenses won.  The identities of winning bidders will not be disclosed until after the close of Auction 102, the upcoming auction of 24 GHz UMFUS licenses (24.25-24.45 GHz and 24.75-25.25 GHz bands).  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

Form 477 Deadline Extended from March 1 to March 8

The FCC has extended the filing deadline from March 1 to March 8, 2019 for submitting Forms 477  reporting service provider data as of December 31, 2018.  The FCC’s Form 477 filing interface is now accepting Forms 477 for this year-end data.  For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).

NG911 Grant Funding Allocated

On Friday the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it has reviewed initial applications for funding under the 911 Grant Program.  The program will allocate more than $109 million for next-generation 911 grants.  The program provides funding to states for the implementation and operation of 911 services, E-911 services, migration to an IP-enabled emergency network, and adoption and operation of NG911 services and applications.  Complete applications will be accepted until April 2, 2019.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

Register for Keller and Heckman’s Broadband Webinar

Please join us for KH’s Emerging Broadband Service Providers’ Compliance Webinar on Thursday, February 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET, which will focus on the regulatory compliance obligations applicable to fixed broadband service providers focused on meeting the 21st century broadband requirements of residential and business customers.  The webinar will be presented by Douglas Jarrett, Tracy Marshall, and Wes WrightClick here to register.

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