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Wi-Fi Deployment to Accelerate after FCC Allocates 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives, Wireless

As we reported in our recent DWT Alert, cable operators and other Wi-Fi service providers are likely to deploy additional broadband network facilities following yesterday’s FCC action to adopt an order setting aside an additional 100 MHz of unlicensed spectrum for Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices operating in the 5150-5250 MHz portion of the… Continue Reading

FCC Promotes Wireless Backhaul by Relaxing Microwave Rules

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

Yesterday, the FCC released an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relaxing its rules to facilitate the use of microwave spectrum, particularly in the 7 GHz and 13 GHz bands (6875-7125 MHz and 12700-13150 MHz, respectively), for wireless backhaul.  The FCC’s action opened up 650 MHz of spectrum in rural areas where TV pickup operations… Continue Reading

Agenda for March Open Meeting Released, Includes Rules on Video Description and Advanced Communications Services, Retransmission Consent, and Lifeline/Link Up Reform

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities), High-Cost Universal Service, Spectrum Initiatives

Yesterday the FCC released a tentative agenda for its March 3rd open meeting that includes seven matters for discussion, including rules for video description and advanced communications services, as required under the recent federal disability legislation known as the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). (See earlier DWT Advisory on the CVAA here.) The… Continue Reading

FCC Plans January Agenda Item on Public Safety Wireless, but Will Not Address 700 MHz D Block

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

At its January 25 open meeting, the FCC expects to adopt an order and FNPRM addressing the need for state and municipal public safety wireless networks to use uniform or interoperable standards. The FCC’s goal in this proceeding is to ensure public safety agencies make use of the best possible technologies and networks in times… 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

FCC Proposes New Airwaves Rules for Broadband Era

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

On Tuesday, the FCC followed through on its earlier announcement by adopting three wireless spectrum items intended to facilitate wireless broadband deployments. The items were: 1) a broadcast spectrum reorganization NPRM; 2) an experimental licensing NPRM; and 3) a “dynamic” spectrum access NOI. While the first item seeks to make new spectrum available in the… 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

November Open Meeting Will Be Focused on Spectrum Issues – Broadband On VHF/UHF; Wireless Experimental Licenses; Underdeveloped Spectrum Use

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

The FCC has released its tentative agenda for its next open meeting on November 30, and it appears that this month’s meeting will be focused entirely on spectrum issues.  First, the Commission intends to consider an NPRM to facilitate use of the VHF and UHF TV bands for mobile broadband use.  Second, the Commission will consider an NPRM to make its… 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

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 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

FCC Takes Steps to Free Satellite Spectrum to Enable More Wireless Broadband Network Deployments

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

Last Thursday, the FCC voted to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry to encourage investment and deployment of terrestrial wireless facilities. This FCC action represents the first step in implementing the National Broadband Plan recommendation to provide Mobile Satellite Service (“MSS”) licensees with increased flexibility aimed at encouraging terrestrial spectrum build-out… 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

FCC Releases Technical Paper on Reallocation of TV Spectrum and Announces June 25th Engineering Forum to Discuss Options

Posted in Spectrum Initiatives

On Tuesday, the Commission’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative (OBI) released a technical paper addressing the options for reallocating a portion of the spectrum currently used for broadcast television.  Entitled “Spectrum Analysis: Options for Broadcast Spectrum“, the technical paper presents the analyses supporting the reallocation proposal outlined in the National Broadband Plan and addresses options for repurposing spectrum from the broadcast… 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

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