Good afternoon from Washington, DC! Below you will find our Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up, your update on the wireless telecommunications regulatory landscape, important wireless decisions, and more! Here is your wrap-up:
- Last week, the Enforcement Bureau released an Enforcement Advisory reminding all facilities-based providers of fixed or mobile broadband internet access service of their duty to timely file complete and accurate data in the Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”) on a biannual basis. Providers can begin submitting data on June 30, 2022 and must complete submissions on or before September 1, 2022. The Advisory reminds providers that they are required to continue to submit their FCC Form 477s on a biannual basis and that failure to comply with either the BDC or Form 477 filing requirement may result in enforcement action. For more information, view a copy of the Advisory here.
- Also last week, the FCC released a News Release announcing that Chairwoman Rosenworcel shared with the other Commissioners new draft rules to improve the reliability and resiliency of wireless networks during emergencies. The Release indicated that the rules would codify the Wireless Network Cooperative Framework by: (1) requiring facilities-based wireless providers to enter into mutual aid arrangements that enable them to request, or receive a request, for assistance during emergencies; (2) requiring facilities-based wireless providers to enter into bilateral roaming agreements in advance of disasters to help the public communicate; and (3) expanding triggers for activation of these provisions and providing for testing and reporting of roaming during disasters. Commissioner Carr released his own News Release supporting the circulation of a set of rules on wireless resiliency and providing a list of organizations who support updated resiliency requirements. A copy of the Chairwoman’s New Release can be found here, and a copy of Commissioner Carr’s News Release can be found here.
- This morning, the FCC published in the Federal Register the Public Notice seeking comment on mandating the use of the FCC’s new Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (“CALEA”) Electronic Filing System (“CEFS”) for the filing of System Security and Integrity Policies and Procedures (“SSI Plans”) six months after CEFS is activated, thereby setting the comment and reply comment dates. Comments are due on or before July 22, 2022 and reply comments are due on or before August 8, 2022. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
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