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Telecom Business Alert – FAA Drone Forecast; DHS Cyber-Sharing Portal; Tower Compliance; CPNI and Lifeline Changes; Privacy Webinar, Vol XIII, Issue 13

Date: Mar 28, 2016

FAA Drone Forecast

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report for Fiscal Years 2016 to 2036, which states that as of March 16, 2016, over 4,000 exemptions have been granted for commercial UAS operations in the U.S.  The report also includes a model aircraft and hobbyist forecast, noting that since it began requiring registration for UAS weighing under 55 pounds, the FAA has received approximately 408,000 registration applications.  The FAA forecasts hobbyist UAS sales to reach 4.3 million annually by 2020.  For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178).

DHS Cyber-Sharing Portal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented its Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) portal, which allows for the exchange of cyber threat indicators between and among the federal departments and agencies and the private sector.  AIS is part of DHS’ mandated requirements under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) (Vol. XIII, Issue 8).  According to DHS, several private sector entities have already joined AIS.  For more information or to join AIS, please email taxiiadmins@us-cert.gov or contact Tim Doughty (doughty@khlaw.com; 202.434.4271).

Tower Compliance

The FCC will hold a training session on Environmental Compliance and the Historic Preservation Review process on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the FCC’s Headquarters, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington D.C.  At the workshop, FCC staff and invited experts will provide guidance on a variety of topics including the Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS), the National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement.  The workshop will be webcast at www.fcc.gov/live.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

CPNI and Lifeline Changes

At its March 31 Open Meeting, the FCC is expected to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend customer propriety network information (CPNI) rules to consumer broadband services, consistent with the  2015 Open Internet Order.  The FCC is also expected to adopt a major revision to its Lifeline Program by extending USF support to low income individuals for broadband service.  For additional information, please contact Douglas Jarrett 202.434.4180; Jarrett@khlaw.com.

K&H/Mackrell Privacy Webinar:  Are You Prepared for the New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?

This Thursday, March 31, from 11:00 AM to noon EDT, Keller and Heckman LLP Partners Tracy Marshall and Sheila Millar will join members of the firm’s international law firm referral network, Mackrell International (www.mackrell.net), to discuss the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and its impact on companies engaged in the transfer of data about EU citizens to the United States.  For more information and to register, click here.

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