April 27, 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:

WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS

  • On 4/21, the FCC released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposals to improve the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts (“WEA”), specify performance metrics, and increase transparency regarding WEA use and performance. The item was adopted at the April Open Meeting.  For more information and to view a copy of the FNPRM, see our post here.

SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT

  • On 4/21, the FCC released a Policy Statement that will guide the FCC’s spectrum management policies going forward. The item was adopted at the April Open Meeting.  For more information and to view a copy of the Policy Statement, see our post here.

CONGRESS

  • On 4/19, the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a legislative hearing entitled “Breaking Barriers: Streamlining Permitting to Expedite Broadband Deployment.” The hearing reviewed current permitting and regulatory barriers that are delaying broadband infrastructure deployment.  Witnesses included Michael Romano, Executive Vice President, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, Michael Saperstein, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Infrastructure Association, Honorable Michael O’Rielly, President, MPORielly Consulting, LLC, Louis Finkel, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Ernesto Falcon, Senior Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation.  For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.

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