February 2, 2023 Weekly Wireless Wrap-Up

Good afternoon from Washington, DC!  Below you will find this week’s Wireless Wrap-Up, your update on the wireless telecommunications regulatory landscape, important wireless decisions, and more!  Here is your wrap-up:

  • FEBRUARY OPEN MEETING
    • On 1/25, the FCC released the Tentative Agenda for the February Open Meeting, scheduled for February 16, 2023 at 10:30 AM. The FCC is tentatively scheduled to consider three items, including a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on supporting the connectivity needs of domestic violence survivors.  For more information and to view a copy of the Tentative Agenda, see our post here.
  • BROADBAND DATA COLLECTION
    • On 1/25, the FCC Broadband Data Task Force released a Public Notice providing additional guidance on submitting bulk challenges to the most recent version of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (“Fabric”). Bulk challenges filed since January 3, 2023 are being filed against the second version of the Fabric and will be used to create the third version of the Fabric for the data collection window for data as of June 30, 2023.  For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
  • 988 OUTAGE REPORTING
    • On 1/27, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on 988 outage reporting rules, which was adopted at the January Open Meeting. For more information and to view a copy of the NPRM, see our post here.
  • RURAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
    • On 1/27, the FCC released an Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, Order, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Rural Health Care Program. The item was adopted at the January Open Meeting.  For more information and to view a copy of the Item, see our post here.
  • BROADBAND CONSUMER LABELS
    • On 1/31, the FCC published in the Federal Register three Petitions for Reconsideration of the FCC’s Broadband Consumer Labels Report and Order. Oppositions are due on or before February 15, 2023, and replies are due on or before February 27, 2023.  For more information and to view a copies of the Petitions, see our post here.
  • CONGRESS
    • On 2/1, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce held a hearing entitled “Economic Danger Zone: How America Competes to win the Future Verses China.” The hearing examined how to maintain American leadership in the digital economy, data privacy and protection, emerging technologies, and supply chain issues. Witnesses included Brandon Pugh, Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute, Jeff Farrah, Executive Director at the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA), Samm Sacks, Cyber Policy Fellow for the International Security Program at New America, and Marc Jarsulic, Senior Fellow and Chief Economist at the Center for American Progress.  For more information, view the Committee’s website here.
  • This morning, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled “Launching Into the State of the Satellite Marketplace.” The hearing examined satellite licensing issues, spectrum requirements, satellite to cellular communication, international issues, and recent developments at the FCC.  Witnesses included Tom Stroup, President at the Satellite Industry Association, Julie Zoller, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Project Kuiper at Amazon, Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar Corporation, Margo Deckard, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Lynk Global, Inc., and Kari Bingen, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow for the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  For more information, view the Committee’s website here.

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