Date: Jun 02, 2014
New FirstNet Chair
On May 28, the Department of Commerce announced that Sue Swenson has been appointed as Chair of the FirstNet Board. Ms. Swenson, who was Vice Chair, has had a large role in FirstNet’s spectrum lease negotiations and development of the strategic roadmap. FirstNet is scheduled to hold two days of meetings in Westminster, Colorado on June 2-3. The Public Safety Communications Research Program is holding its Conference at the same location on June 3-5. Al Catalano and Wesley Wright of Keller and Heckman will attend both the Conference and the FirstNet Board meeting. For more information regarding spectrum sharing opportunities, please contact Al Catalano (Catalano@khlaw.com; 202-434-4207).
FAA Drone Center of Excellence
On May 27, the FAA released a draft solicitation for a new FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. This Center is expected to become a consortium of public, private, and academic parties working in a cost-sharing relationship to research unmanned aircraft issues. The draft solicitation lays out the research areas, evaluation criteria, reporting requirements, and proposal submission mechanics under the Center of Excellence. Comments on the draft solicitation will be accepted through June 29. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (Kunkle@khlaw.com; 202-434-4178).
FCC Proposes Hefty Fine
On May 29, the FCC issued a notice of apparent liability for forfeiture of $294,400 against Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC. The violations stem from Constellium’s operation of eight Private Land Mobile Radio Service (“PLMR”) stations without authorization and subsequent transfer of twelve PLMR stations without FCC consent. Under the FCC’s rules, operation of wireless radio stations must be authorized by the FCC and any transfers of control of wireless radio authorizations must receive prior Commission consent. For more information, please contact Wes Wright (Wright@khlaw.com; 202-434-4239).
Keller and Heckman UTC iPad Air Drawing Winner: Paul Thompson
In May, Keller and Heckman held a drawing for an iPad Air at the Utilities Telecom Council ("UTC") conference in Phoenix. Of the many visitors to the Keller and Heckman booth who entered the drawing, we are pleased to announce that Paul Thompson, Engineering Designer at Salt River Project, is the winner!
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