July 20, 2022 Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up

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:

  • FCC OPEN MEETINGS
    • On 7/14, the FCC held its July Open Meeting. The FCC considered and adopted five items, including the ones highlighted below.  For more information and to view a copy of the Agenda, see our post here
    • Highlights:
      • A Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing and seeking additional comment on the Enhanced Competition Incentive Program (“ECIP”) and spectrum reaggregation. For more information and to view a copy of the item, see our post here.
      • A Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on updating the intercarrier compensation regime to eliminate access arbitrage. For more information and to view a copy of the item, see our post here.
      • A Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on ways the FCC can modify its Lifeline or Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For more information and to view a copy of the item, see our post here.
    • On 7/15, the FCC released the Tentative Agenda for the August Open Meeting, scheduled for Friday, August 5, 2022 at 10:30 AM. The FCC is set to consider six items, including two items on the Affordable Connectivity Program.  For more information and to view a copy of the Tentative Agenda, see our post here.
  • RIP AND REPLACE
    • On 7/18, Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice (“Notice”) announcing approved applications for reimbursement submitted in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program. A list of the approved applicants is included in the Appendix attached to the Notice.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • AUCTION 105
    • On 7/15, the FCC released five separate Orders adopting Consent Decrees with five parties, (SAL Spectrum, LLC, Cable One, Inc., NorthWestern Corporation, United States Cellular Corporation, and Shenandoah Cable Television, LLC, collectively the “Parties”) resolving their violations of the FCC’s Priority Access License (“PAL”) aggregation limit rules during Auction 105 (the 3.5 GHz Auction). For more information, and to view a copy of the Orders, see our post here.
  • ANNUAL STATE OF BROADBAND REPORT
    • On 7/15, Chairwoman Rosenworcel announced that she has circulated a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) that would initiate the FCC’s annual evaluation of the state of broadband across the country. The announcement indicates that the NOI will be seeking comment on increasing the national standard for minimum broadband speeds and setting a long-term goal for broadband speed, among other things.  For more information, see the announcement here.

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