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Telecom Alert—Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements; T-Band Bill Reintroduced in Senate; Joint Proposal of C-Band Auction Principles; Lifeline Recertification Deadline Waived; Broadband Policy Webinar- Vol. XVI, Issue 44

Date: Nov 04, 2019

FCC Proposes Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a proposed Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would adopt a z-axis location accuracy metric of plus or minus three meters for 80 percent of wireless E911 calls from capable handsets (Vol. XVI, Issue 21).  The Order would require carriers to deploy this technology in the top 25 CMAs by April 3, 2021, and in the top 50 CMAs by April 3, 2023.  The FNPRM seeks comment on whether there should be a long-term timeline for establishing more stringent metrics and whether carriers should ultimately be required to also report the caller’s specific floor level.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

T-Band Bill Reintroduced in Senate

Five senators introduced a bill (S.2748) last Wednesday that would repeal a section of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act) that requires the FCC to reallocate and auction the T-Band spectrum.  Similar legislation was introduced in the House and Senate in 2018 and 2019, but were not enacted (Vol. XVI, Issue 25).  The specific section of the Act mandates the FCC to commence an auction of public safety spectrum in the T-Band by 2021 and relocate users within two years of the date the auction is complete.  For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178). 

Joint Proposal of C-Band Auction Principles

Last week, the C-Band Alliance, along with five wireless carriers, proposed a set of principles to guide the FCC in any potential auction of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band (C-Band).  The principles emphasize the need for transparency and fairness, urging the Commission to make bids and their corresponding data public and to open the auction to all qualified bidders.  Some of the other principles include prohibiting joint bidding agreements, setting a reasonable aggregate reserve price, and returning a portion of auction proceeds to the U.S. Treasury.  The five wireless carriers that signed onto the proposed principles are AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Pine Belt Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).   

Lifeline Recertification Deadline Waived for Certain Subscribers

On October 30, the Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order granting a limited, one-time waiver to Lifeline subscribers who received incorrect information about the recertification deadline from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).  These subscribers were informed that they had 90 days to recertify their Lifeline eligibility, instead of the required 60-day deadline.  Subscribers who received letters from USAC with the incorrect information may recertify by the 90-day deadline.  For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).

Register for Keller and Heckman’s Broadband Policy Webinar

KH’s Fall 2019 Broadband Policy Webinar will update emerging broadband services providers on legal and regulatory developments impacting the domestic broadband industry.  This complimentary webinar will focus on the implications of Mozilla v. FCC, the RDOF Phase I Auction, broadband reporting and mapping, and broadband testing.  The webinar is on Thursday, November 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, and will be presented by Doug Jarrett, Tracy Marshall, and Kathleen Slattery Thompson.  Please click here to register.

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