On June 24, 2020, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice seeking comment on a Petition for Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling (“Petition) filed jointly by CTIA – The Wireless Association (“CTIA”) and USTelecom, which asks the Commission to simplify filing requirements for pro forma assignment and transfer of control applications. Specifically, the Bureau seeks comment on how the Petition comports with the Commission’s statutory obligations related to the assignment and transfer of station licenses set forth in section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
CTIA and USTelecom propose that the Commission remove the existing prior approval requirement for all pro forma transactions that are currently subject to prior approval procedures by automatically deeming all pro forma transactions to be in the public interest and allowing the transactions to be filed as 30-day-post-closing notifications, regardless of license types. As an alternative option, the parties request that all pro forma filings that are currently subject to prior approval procedures be approved automatically. The Bureau also seeks comment on the Petition’s other requests to streamline, expedite, or clarify the Commission’s pro forma transaction procedures, including changes to the Universal Licensing System.
- Comments are due July 24, 2020.
- Reply comments are due August 10, 2020.
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