March 2, 2022 Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up

Good afternoon from Washington, DC!  Below you will find this week’s Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up, your update on the wireless telecommunications regulatory landscape, important wireless decisions, and more!  Of note this week, the FCC announced the filing dates for the Inaugural Broadband Data Collection and released the Tentative Agenda for the March Open Meeting.  Here’s your wrap-up:

FCC:

  • Late last Tuesday, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing the filing dates for the Inaugural Broadband Data Collection. All facilities-based providers of fixed and mobile broadband internet access service must submit data depicting deployment as of June 30, 2022 using the new rules and procedures for the Broadband Data Collection on or before September 1, 2022.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • Also late last Tuesday, the Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order extending the Emergency Connectivity Fund service delivery date to June 30, 2023, for all applicants who applied for support for equipment, other non-recurring services, and recurring services during the first or second application filing windows. The extension does not apply to requests for construction of new networks or the provision of customer premises equipment for datacasting services.  For more information and to view a copy of the Order, see our post here.
  • And also late last Tuesday, the FCC released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”), adopted at the February Open Meeting, that seeks comment on revisions to the Rural Health Care Program’s funding determination mechanisms and administrative processes.  For more information and to view a copy of the FNPRM, see our post here.
  • Late last Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the FCC released the Tentative Agenda for the March Open Meeting, scheduled for March 16, 2022 at 10:30 AM. The Commission is tentatively scheduled to consider five items.  For more information and to view a copy of the Tentative Agenda, see our post here.

Nominations:

  • The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has scheduled a nominations hearing tomorrow, Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 10:00 AM. The Committee is expected to hold a vote on several nominations, including Gigi Sohn’s nomination to be a Commissioner of the FCC.  For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.

Congress:

  • Yesterday, March 1, 2022, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing entitled “Holding Big Tech Accountable: Legislation to Protect Online Users.” Witnesses included Laurel Lehman, Policy Analyst at Consumer Reports, Katie McInnis, Senior Public Policy Manager at Duck Duck Go, Mutale Nkonde, CEO at AI for the People, and Mike Duffey, Special Agent Supervisor at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  For more information see the Committee’s website here.

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