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Checking In @ The FCC - The August 2019 Open Meeting

Posted by Cory Garone

when-opportunity-knocksIs Opportunity Knocking?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the August 1, 2019 meeting is “When Opportunity Knocks” and draws from various movie and television sequels in the pop culture landscape.  The focus this month will be on several items intended to close the digital divide.  The “tentpole” of this effort is a proposal to adopt the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund intended to connect millions more rural homes and small businesses to high-speed broadband networks.  The FCC wants to build on the success of the Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction.  Another item will focus on updating the way Form 477 data is collected through the Digital Opportunity Data Collection, an all-new approach to mapping that will collect granular broadband availability maps from service providers using shapefiles.  Read More
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Topics: high-cost universal service support, caller ID spoofing, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC August Open Meeting, reporting on Form 477, FCC CAF Phase II, Kari’s Law/RAY BAUM’S Act, MLTS Calls to 911, Sunsetting the Form 477

Checking In @ The FCC - The July Open Meeting

Posted by Cory Garone

Pai SpeaksGiant leaps at the FCC?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the July 10, 2019 meeting is “A Giant Leap For 5G.”  The focus will be on taking important steps towards advancing 5G coverage and capacity.  The FCC plans to accomplish this by opening up the 2.5 GHz band for 5G as well as conducting a high-band spectrum auction.  The meeting will also concentrate attention on closing the digital divide by considering a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Declaratory Ruling covering what the FCC calls “multiple tenant environments,” or MTEs.

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Topics: Lifeline Recertification, Business Data Services, BDS, Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments, FCC July Open Meeting, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, 2.5 GHz Band, 5G, 5G Incentive Auction, Access to Connected Care Services

Checking In @ The FCC - The April Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

large ajit-paiWhat will the FCC be tackling next?

Chairman Pai’s theme for the April meeting is “The Next Big Thing,” taken from a Vince Gill song. Vince GillChairman Pai explains that the first part of the agenda takes inspiration from the refrain that “[e]verybody's waiting for the next big thing, “which, for the Chairman’s purpose, is 5G, the “next big thing in wireless.” 

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Topics: Checking In @ The FCC, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, FCC Open Meeting for April, Cutting the cord, OTARD, UNE Forbearance Petition

Checking In @ The FCC - The March Open Meeting

Posted by Amy Gross

What will the FCC be tackling next?

fcc front doors.jpgChairman Pai’s theme for the March (3/22/18) meeting is “Winning the Wireless Future.”  The  agenda is designed to advance the FCC’s strategy for 5G leadership and delivering next-generation wireless connectivity to American consumers using a three-part approach: forward-thinking spectrum policy, modernized rules for infrastructure deployment, and light-touch network regulation.  Read More
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Topics: robocalls, Consumer Signal Boosters, NHPA, Wireless Infrastructure Deployment, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, "Winning the Wireless Future", NEPA, #CheckingIn@TheFCC, 4.9 GHz Band, Wireless 911 Calls

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