June 15, 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 is your wrap-up:

FCC:

  • Last week, the FCC released several items that were adopted at the June Open Meeting, including:
  • A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on the broadband transparency rules governing the annual collection of information relating to the price and subscription rates of internet service offerings received by households enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program. For more information and to view a copy of the NPRM, see our post here.
  • A Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) seeking comment on facilitating access to spectrum for offshore uses and operations. For more information and to view a copy of the NOI, see our post here.
  • A Public Notice seeking to update the record on Wireless 911 Location-Based Call Routing. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • Last Thursday, the Office of Economics and Analytics (“OEA”) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”) released a Public Notice announcing the status of and providing additional information on short-form applications received for Auction 108, which will offer flexible-use overlay licenses in the 2.5 GHz band. In total, OEA and WTB received 93 short form applications for Auction 108.  For more information and to view a copy of the item, see our post here.
  • Also last Thursday, the Office of Managing Director (“OMD”) released a Public Notice announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the third quarter of 2022 will be 0.330 or 33.0%. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • On Monday, the Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice reminding non-facilities-based small voice service providers that their STIR/SHAKEN implementation deadline is at the end of this month, June 30, 2022. By June 30, 2022 non-facilities-based small voice service providers must have implemented STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication in the Internet Protocol portions of their networks.  A copy of the Notice is available here.

CONGRESS:

  • Last Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.” Alan Davidson, head of NTIA, was the sole witness.  He reported on the status of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act programs that were delegated to NTIA, in particular focusing on concerns with broadband maps and how that affects funding allocations and on the technology, labor and purchasing requirements contained in the NTIA program Notices of Funding Opportunity.  For more information, and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.

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