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Telecom Alert - CAF II Auction Closes; FirstNet Interoperability Issues; Cybersecurity Certification Program for Cellular-Connected IoT Devices; Webinar: Key State and Federal 911 Developments - Vol. XV, Issue 35

CAF II Auction Closes

The FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II Auction concluded on August 21.  Official auction results will be released in a Public Notice that will set out the date on which the long-form application is due.  For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (; 202.434.4180) or Tim Doughty (; 202.434.4271).

FirstNet Interoperability Issues

On July 6, the Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body’s (CPSBGB) submitted a filing to the FCC seeking guidance on interoperability between FirstNet’s AT&T-supported network and existing public safety networks in the state (of which 65% are supported by Verizon).  As reported by Mission Critical, after hearing from FirstNet, the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) backtracked on the filing asking the FCC not to go forward.  Nevertheless, ex parte filings have already been submitted by Verizon, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), Southern Linc, and C-Spire Wireless, Inc. in support of Colorado’s initial filing.  For more information, please contact Al Catalano (; 202.434.4207).      

Cybersecurity Certification Program for Cellular-Connected IoT Devices

CTIA, the wireless industry association, announced the creation of the CTIA Cybersecurity Certification Program for cellular-connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  Leading wireless operators, technology companies, security experts, and test labs collaborated to develop the program’s test requirements, which build upon IoT security recommendations from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The program will begin accepting devices for certification testing starting October of this year.  For more information, please contact Tim Doughty (; 202.434.4271).

Webinar: Key State and Federal 911 Developments

Join Keller and Heckman attorneys Wes Wright and Tim Doughty on 9/11 for a complimentary webinar on current state and federal regulatory issues that directly impact the 9-1-1 industry.  The webinar will cover a range of 9-1-1 related topics, including 9-1-1 Network Reliability, NG9-1-1 Regulation, current state regulatory Issues, and US Telecom’s Forbearance Petition.  For more information and to register, click here.

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