April 20, 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!  Here’s your wrap-up:

FCC:

  • Last Thursday, the FCC released the Agenda for the April Open Meeting, scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:30 AM. The Commission will consider three items, including a Notice of Inquiry on improving receiver performance and a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on strengthening the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts.  Five items were originally set for consideration, however, this morning, the FCC removed two restricted adjudicatory matters from the agenda in this Deletion Notice.  For more information and to view a copy of the Agenda, see our post here.
  • Also last Thursday, the Broadband Data Task Force (“BDTF”) and Office of Engineering and Technology (“OET”) released a Public Notice announcing procedures for third-party mobile speed test application developers to submit, for OET review and approval, proposals for mobile speed test applications for use in collecting and submitting mobile network performance data as part of the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”). For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • In addition, last Thursday, the BDTF, OET, Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”), Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”), and Office of Economics and Analytics (“OEA”) released a Public Notice providing details on the procedures for state, local, and tribal governmental entities to submit verified broadband availability data through the FCC’s BDC system. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • Last Friday, OEA and WTB released a Public Notice announcing an updated inventory list for Auction 108 (2.5 GHz Band), which reflects the removal of the 19 licenses. The licenses involved county/channel block combinations that had been listed in the March 21 inventory but in fact had no unassigned spectrum.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice and updated inventory, see our post here.
  • On Monday, Commissioner Carr announced that Michael Nemcik has joined his office as Acting Legal Advisor. Nemcik will be standing in for Danielle Thumann, Commissioner Carr’s Legal Advisor since March 2021, while she is on maternity leave.  For more information, see the announcement here.
  • Finally, as a reminder, non-de minimis telecommunications carriers that provide interstate telecommunications services are required to file a FCC Form 499-Q Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet with the FCC on or before Monday, May 2, 2022 (the deadline is May 1, but as May 1 is a Sunday this year, the deadline falls on the next business day). For more information and to view a copy of the instructions, see our post here.

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