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April Open Meeting to Include Orders to Reform Pole Attachments, CMRS Data Roaming; and Inquiries on Access to Government ROW, Wireless Siting, Network Reliability Standards

Posted in Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Mobile Broadband

The FCC has released its agenda for its April 7 Open Meeting.  As announced in its tentative agenda, the April 7 meeting will include adoption of an order altering FCC regulations governing pole attachments.  As we wrote earlier, this order will likely address most of the outstanding issues left over from the FCC’s May 2010 pole attachment order, including attachment… Continue Reading

DWT ADVISORY: FCC Releases Details on Net Neutrality Rules

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

 On Dec. 23, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Report and Order (R&O), and the text of the net neutrality rules it adopted on Dec. 21, 2010. The rules are summarized in our prior advisory, but the R&O contains many important details and nuances. (For the full text of the order, see Report and Order).   Transparency… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules; Relies on Title I Ancillary Jurisdiction

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This morning at its monthly open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality rules which largely adopt existing Internet traffic and management practices, impose new non-discrimination and transparency rules, but leave room for specialized or managed services and usage based billing. The order is notable for basing jurisdiction mostly on Title I and ancillary… Continue Reading

Notes on Chairman’s Open Internet Remarks – Rules Will Preserve Reasonable Network Management Practices; Distinguish Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband; No Reclassification of Broadband Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Earlier today, Chairman Genachowski held a press conference to deliver his remarks on his proposed Open Internet rules, which are scheduled for vote at the FCC’s December 21 open meeting.  The Chairman prefaced his summary of the rules by noting that they are in principle rooted in policy statements of past "Republican" Chairmen Powell and… Continue Reading

FCC to Release Order on “Open Internet” Rules at December Meeting; Chairman To Discuss Issue Today at 10:30 am

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Last night the FCC released its tentative agenda for its next open meeting to be held December 21.  Two items are scheduled for consideration, the first being an Order (not a rulemaking or inquiry) adopting Open Internet rules, also known as net neutrality.  The text summarizing the agenda item is as follows: Open Internet Order:… Continue Reading

Action on Wireless Spectrum for Broadband: NTIA Proposes Reallocation, FCC Plans November Spectrum NPRMs

Posted in Mobile Broadband

Last week saw announcements by NTIA Administrator Strickling and FCC Chairman Genachowski which turn the current broadband plan focus back towards freeing up airwaves for wireless broadband services. The NTIA will recommend that the federal government reallocate 115 MHz of spectrum – currently used for weather satellite and military radar systems – for wireless broadband…. Continue Reading

FCC Proceeds with White Spaces Plan for Unlicensed “Super Wi-Fi” Service; Cable Operators Must File within 90 Days to Protect Certain Headends

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

In adopting its Second Memorandum Opinion and Order during yesterday’s open meeting, the FCC is pressing forward with its plan to allow unlicensed fixed and mobile wireless devices to operate in unused parts of TV spectrum (the TV “white spaces”).  According to FCC Chairman Genachowski, this is the first significant block of spectrum made available for… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment On “Business Broadband Marketplace,” Signaling Potential Establishment of Competition Policies for Broadband Business Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Today the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comments on what the FCC calls the “business broadband marketplace.”  While this comment cycle is not directly related to any current FCC proceeding (the docket number – WC Docket No. 10-188 – was only created yesterday), the magnitude of information sought hints at the establishment of future regulatory policies, if not… Continue Reading

Comment Dates Set for Further Inquiry of Open Internet Proceeding Regarding Managed Services and Wireless Broadband–Comments Due Oct 12; Replies Due Nov 4

Posted in Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Mobile Broadband

Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission announced that its recent Open Internet Public Notice, which seeks comment on two “under-developed issues” in the Open Internet Proceeding, was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the comment cycle for this public notice.  Comments are due October 12 and reply comments are due November 4. As we discussed earlier… Continue Reading

Further Inquiry in Open Internet Proceeding Focused on Managed Services and Wireless Broadband Practices; Pole Attachment Proceeding Replies Extended to October 4; Tentative Agenda Set for September Open Meeting Released

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This week the Federal Communications Commission issued three important items related to the National Broadband Plan, and broadband services generally.  On September 1, the Commission issued a Public Notice to initiate a Further Inquiry Into Two Under-Developed Issues In The Open Internet Proceeding (GN Docket No. 09-191, and WC Docket No. 07-52).  The original Open Internet NPRM (which we discussed at length… Continue Reading

Spectrum Efficiency and Rapid Deployment are Focus of FCC’s Wireless Backhaul Proposals

Posted in Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

Following up on our post from last week, the FCC’s NPRM and NOI on ways to improve regulation of microwave wireless spectrum used for the “backhaul” transport of network traffic focuses in many parts on the need to balance efficient use of the wireless spectrum with measures to ensure facilities can be deployed quickly. Last… Continue Reading

FCC Initiates Wireless Backhaul and Hearing Aid Compatibility Proceedings; Also, House and Senate Pass New Accessibility Legislation, Full Passage Expected Shortly

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Mobile Broadband

The FCC has commenced a proceeding to facilitate the use of spectrum for wireless backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications, increasing the efficient use of spectrum for backhaul, and providing for the more flexible use of microwave frequencies to promote the deployment of wireless broadband and other services.  In an NPRM, the Commission seeks… Continue Reading

Commission Releases August 5 Agenda to Adopt Hearing-Aid Compatibility FNPRM on Heels of House Adoption of Markey Accessibility Bill; and Wireless Backhaul NPRM/NOI

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Mobile Broadband

As anticipated from the Commission’s earlier tentative agenda, the agenda for the August 5th open meeting, released on Thursday, confirms that the Commission intends to initiate two proceedings this month.  The first is a hearing-aid compatibility Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will seek to require modern advanced telephone voice communications devices… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Tentative Agenda for August Open Meeting

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

The FCC has released its tentative agenda for its August 5th open meeting.  Like its July meeting, this one is fairly light, with only two agenda items scheduled for adoption.  One is a proposed NPRM and NOI which will “seek to remove regulatory barriers to the use of spectrum for wireless backhaul and other point-to-point and… Continue Reading

Agenda Released for Commission’s July 15 Open Meeting

Posted in High-Cost Universal Service, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

As expected from its tentative agenda released in late June, the Commission’s July 15 open meeting will address three agenda items, including an NPRM to reform the Universal Service Rural Health Care Fund, and an NPRM and NOI to "increase value, utilization, and investment in the 2 GHz, Big LEO, and L-bands of the Mobile Satellite Service."   (The… Continue Reading

Tentative Agenda for July Open Meeting Released

Posted in High-Cost Universal Service, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

Last week the Federal Communications Commission released its tentative agenda for its July 15 open meeting.  According to the agenda, the Commission plans to discuss three items, two of which are related to the Commission’s broadband efforts to implement the National Broadband Plan.  Specifically, the Commission intends to adopt a Rural Health Care Reform NPRM to "expand… Continue Reading

Reclassification NOI Update – Comment Dates Already Set

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This morning the Federal Communications Commission held its monthly open meeting, this time to discuss the Commission’s proposed reclassification efforts for broadband services.  In a three-to-two vote (Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissented), the Notice of Inquiry was adopted, and will seek comment on three ways to regulate broadband – under the Commission’s Title I ancillary authority; under… Continue Reading

NOI on Broadband Reclassification Scheduled for Release at June 17 Open Meeting

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

This is a reminder that the FCC will hold its next open meeting on Thursday, June 17.  As we noted earlier, and as confirmed by the Commission’s recent Meeting Agenda released this past Friday, this open meeting is expected to be quite entertaining, as it is dedicated to discussing a Notice of Inquiry to initiate… Continue Reading

FCC Agenda for June Open Meeting Dedicated to…Reclassification of Broadband Services

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

The FCC has released its tentative agenda for its June 17, 2010 open meeting.  Unlike recent agendas for April and May, this one is written such that the June meeting will be dedicated to one, and only one, issue – the reclassification of broadband access service as a telecommunications service.*  According to the agenda, the Commission intends to adopt… Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Proceedings on E-Rate Reform, Pole Attachments and Wireless Broadband

Posted in E-rate, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Mobile Broadband, Spectrum Initiatives

At its May 20 open meeting today, the Commission continued its efforts to implement the recommendations of the Broadband Plan by unanimously adopting three more broadband-related proceedings to accompany the handful of proceedings adopted in April. As expected, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to initiate reforms to the Schools and Libraries Universal… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Commission Meeting Agenda for May 20 Open Meeting

Posted in E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Mobile Broadband

The FCC has released the final agenda for its May 20 open meeting, which will begin at 10:30 am in Room TW-C305. As indicated in its tentative agenda released late last month, the Commission will consider five new agenda items, including three broadband-related items concerning mobile broadband use in the WCS band, reforms to the E-Rate program… Continue Reading

Opinion on the FCC’s Third Way Regulation of the Internet

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, DWT Advisory, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

In publicizing his decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II telecommunications service, FCC Chairman Genachowski took some pains to try to reassure the investment community that he was not making any sudden moves that should discourage broadband investment. But despite his efforts to try to limit the impact of his move, he has crossed… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Statement to Regulate Internet Networks Under Limited Title II Authority

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), Broadband Adoption, Broadband Deployment, Consumer Disclosure Requirements, E-rate, High-Cost Universal Service, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Intercarrier Compensation, Mobile Broadband, Navigation Devices, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Spectrum Initiatives, Tribal Communities

Following reports yesterday that Chairman Genachowski was now prepared to assert FCC jurisdiction over the Internet, the FCC released the Chairman’s statement proposing a "third way" to regulate the Internet.  As anticipated by earlier reports, the Chairman’s statement reveals that the FCC would not seek to impose Title II on Internet services in its entirety.  Rather,… Continue Reading

Comment Dates Set for Mobile Data Roaming Rulemaking

Posted in Mobile Broadband

Last week, the FCC’s Order on Reconsideration and FNPRM regarding Mobile Voice and Data Roaming (formally adopted at the Commission’s April 21 open meeting) were published in the Federal Register.  As a result, the clock has started for comments to the FNPRM, with initial comments due June 14 and reply comments due July 12.  (As for the Order on… Continue Reading