July 13, 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:

  • BEAD PROGRAM
    • On 7/5, NTIA released a Request for Comment (“RFC”) seeking input on the application of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards to the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (“BEAD”) Program. For more information and to view a copy of the RFC, see our post here.
  • LIFELINE
    • On 7/7, the Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order extending its waiver of the implementation of the phase-out of Lifeline support for voice-only support and the increase in Lifeline minimum service standards for mobile broadband data capacity for an additional year (until December 1, 2024). For more information and to view a copy of the Order, see our post here.
  • 12 GHz
    • On 7/10, the FCC published in the Federal Register the Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order on the 12.2-12.7 GHz and 12.7-13.15 GHz bands, thereby establishing effective and comment dates for the items. For more information and to view a copy of the notices, see our post here
  • NG911
    • On 7/10, the FCC published in the Federal Register the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposals to expedite the NG911 transition. Comments are due on August 9, 2023; replies are due on September 8, 2023.  For more information and to view a copy of the notice, see our post here.
  • ROBOCALLS
    • On 7/10, the FCC published in the Federal Register Seventh Report and Order, Eighth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Third Notice of Inquiry extending call blocking requirements to certain providers and seeking comment on additional actions the FCC can take to combat illegal robocalls, thereby setting the effective and comment dates. For more information and to view a copy of the notices, see our post here.
  • NOMINATIONS
    • On 7/12, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held an Executive Session Nominations Hearing on the appointments of Anna Gomez, Geoffrey Starks, and Brendan Carr to be Commissioners at the FCC. All three nominations were approved and will proceed to the full Senate.  For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee website here.

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