March 9, 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 released the specifications for the biannual Broadband Data Collection submission and the Senate Commerce Committee voted Gigi Sohn to the Senate floor for a full vote on her nomination to the FCC.  Here’s your wrap-up:

FCC:

  • Last Friday, the Broadband Data Task Force and Office of Economics and Analytics (“OEA”) released a Public Notice announcing the release of the data specifications for the biannual submission of subscription, availability, and supporting data for the Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”).  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • Yesterday, March 8, 2022, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (collectively “Bureaus”) released a Public Notice reminding incumbent fixed microwave operators in the 6 GHz band of the importance of maintaining accurate information in the Universal Licensing System (“ULS”). The automated frequency coordination (“AFC”) systems rely upon ill the information in ULS to determine which channels are available in an operating area so that unlicensed users may operate without causing harmful interference to nearby microwave links.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.

Nominations:

  • Last Thursday, March 3, 2022, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a vote on Gigi Sohn’s nomination to be a Commissioner of the FCC. The Committee voted 14-14 to move Sohn’s nomination to the Senate floor for a full confirmation hearing.  For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.

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