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:
- FCC OPEN MEETINGS
- This morning, the FCC held its September Open Meeting. The Commission considered five items, including a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the implementation of the 5G Fund for Rural America. For more information and to view a copy of the Agenda, see our post here.
- MANDATORY DISASTER RESPONSE INITIATIVE
- On 9/15, the FCC released an Order on Reconsideration addressing a Petition for Reconsideration on the FCC’s Report and Order adopting the Mandatory Disaster Response Initiative (“MDRI”). Notably, in this item,the FCC extended the compliance date for all elements of the MDRI to May 1, 2024 for all providers. For more information and to view a copy of the Order, see our post here.
- VOLUNTARY IOT DEVICE CYBERSECURITY LABELING PROGRAM
- On 9/15, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released an Order granting an extension of time to file comments and reply comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a voluntary cybersecurity labeling program for Internet of Things devices. Comments are now due by October 6, 2023 and reply comments are now due by November 10, 2023. For more information and to view a copy of the Order, see our post here.
- RIP AND REPLACE
- On 9/8, the Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice reminding recipients in the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Reimbursement Program that their next status reports must be filed by October 9, 2023. For more information and to view a copy of the Notice, see our post here.
- On 9/19, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing to examine the proposed budget estimates and justifications for fiscal year 2024 for the Federal Communications Commission. Chairwoman Rosenworcel testified at the hearing, highlighting the FCC’s work on the Affordable Connectivity Program, the broadband map, robocalls and robotexts, increasing access to emergency services, network security, and more. For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.
- This morning, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled “Connecting Every American: the Future of Rural Broadband Funding.” Witnesses included Jonathan Spalter, President and CEO of USTelecom, Justin Forde, Vice President of Government Relations at MidCo, Scott Wallsten, President and Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, and Sara Nichols, Senior Planner at Land of Sky Regional Council of Government. For more information and to view the hearing, see the Committee’s website here.
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