Date: Aug 18, 2014
August 18, 2014, Volume XI, Issue 33
Title: Text-to-911, Pole Attachment Rules, E-Rate Report
At its August 8th Open Meeting, the FCC adopted new rules requiring wireless carriers and certain text messaging providers to be capable of supporting text-to-911 services by December 31, 2014. The new rules also require these “covered text providers” to implement text-to-911 for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) by June 30, 2015, or six months after a request by a PSAP. The FCC also adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comment on enhanced location information, support for text-to-911 roaming, and future texting services. Please contact Wes Wright (email@example.com; 202.434.4239) with questions.
Louisiana Adopts Pole Attachment Rules
The Louisiana Public Service Commission recently adopted comprehensive pole attachment rules that lift a 15-year rate freeze, establish an attachment rate higher than the FCC rate, impose make-ready deadlines, and establish other access and dispute resolution processes. For additional information, please contact Tom Magee (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-434-4128).
E-Rate Staff Report
Last week, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Strategic Planning and Policy released a staff report regarding the Commission’s E-Rate program. The report estimates the E-Rate program will need $2.5 Billion to fund broadband connections for 10 million students and 3,000 libraries annually. The report also estimates that 65% of public schools have access to fiber, with a majority of the schools without fiber located in rural areas. The report projects that the savings due to the phase out of non-broadband services will largely cover the $1 Billion funding target. For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (Jarrett@khlaw.com; 202-434-4180).
NTIA Community Broadband Workshop
NTIA, the division of the Department of Commerce responsible for advising the President on telecommunications issues, announced it will hold a workshop on September 4, 2014 to discuss the lessons learned in community network build-outs. The workshop also will discuss partnership models that have been used in the build-outs.
New Frequency Coordinator
Last week the FCC announced it has certified the Association of American Railroads (AAR) as a certified frequency coordinator in the 806-816/851-861 and 896-901/935-940 MHz bands. The Association also is certified to coordinate certain frequencies below 500 MHz. For more information, please contact Wes Wright (email@example.com; 202.434.4239).
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