Thursday, June 16, 2016

Telecommunications Law Professionals Recommended by Legal 500 Rankings

The Legal 500 United States 2016 is now available to view online. Telecommunications Law Professionals has been recommended in the following two practice areas: 

Media, technology and telecoms - Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

Media, technology and telecoms - Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

One TLP lawyer is also listed in elite "Leading Lawyers" list.

Media, technology and telecoms - Telecoms and broadcast - regulatory
 Carl Northrop

Media, technology and telecoms - Telecoms and broadcast - transactional
 -  Carl Northrop

 Three TLP lawyers are recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2016 editorial.
Media, technology and telecoms - Telecoms and broadcast - regulatory
  -  Carl Northrop, Michael Lazarus and
Ash Johnston

Media, technology and telecoms - Telecoms and broadcast - transactional
-  Carl Northrop, Michael Lazarus and Ash Johnston


Monday, June 6, 2016

Public Notice Seeking Comment on AT&T Construction Waiver Request

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment regarding request for relief of certain Wireless Communications Services (WCS) construction requirements.

On March 29, 2016, AT&T filed a Petition for Limited Waiver of Interim Performance Requirement for WCS C and D Block Licenses, requesting that the Commission waive the interim performance requirement for the 2.3 GHz WCS and D Blocks in section 27.14(p)(1)-(2) of the Commission’s Rules.  AT&T then filed a Supplement to its Petition to propose an alternative construction schedule and alternative metric by which AT&T’s planned smart grid deployment will satisfy the WCS construction requirements.  AT&T noted in its Supplement that the Commission has previously instructed licensees deploying “hybrid or nontraditional operations” to seek guidance regarding the appropriate construction benchmarks.  The original Petition was later withdrawn at the direction of the Commission, but is incorporated by reference in the attached Supplement.

Specifically, AT&T proposes:

  •  The September 13, 2019 final performance requirement deadline should be extended until September 13, 2021, and the requirement should be set at 30 links per million persons.
  • The March 13, 2017 interim performance requirement should be replaced with a semiannual report on AT&T’s progress – in particular, the number of links deployed in each REAG as of each June 30 or December 31 (as applicable) – starting on January 31, 2018.

Comments are due June 22, 2016.
Reply Comments are due July 5, 2016.

Please contact us with any questions.

Friday, June 3, 2016

OMB Approves the Revised FCC Form 481

The Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice announcing that OMB has approved the revised FCC Form 481 and accompanying instructions (Carrier Annual Reporting Data Collection Form).

As a reminder, Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) must file Form 481 by July 1, 2016 each year to continue receiving High Cost Program support or to begin receiving support in the near future.  The revised form can be found here.

Please contact us with any questions. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

TLP Ranked as "Leading Firm" in Chambers USA 2016

TLP is proud to have been ranked in Chambers USA 2016 as a "Leading Firm".  The list, which may be found on the Chambers and Partners' Website, ranks TLP in Band 4 for Telecom, Broadcast, and Satellite in Washington, D.C. 

TLP would also like congratulate Carl Northrop, who was listed as a ranked lawyer having a "great deal of experience in the field."

Incentive Auction Task Force Reporting System Announced

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) and the Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public Notice announcing the Incentive Auction Public Reporting System (PRS) and described the bidding and timing information that will available through the PRS during the reverse and forward auctions.

Consistent with the Commissions’ rules, policies, and procedures, the auction bidding information will be made public through the PRS as soon as possible.  The Commission will take reasonable steps to keep confidential all Commission-held data of reverse auction applicants, and keep non-winning bids and bidder information confidential for another two years after the auction.  For the forward auction, the Commission will continue to limit the availability of bidder-specific information, but will release the results of the auction and other previously withheld information on the PRS following the close of the auction.

The PRS will include the following sections: 
  • Dashboard: The Dashboard will include information about the current schedule of the incentive auction, including the status, clearing target, and amount of licensed spectrum available.  It will also display information about progress toward meeting the final stage rule and indicate when it has been met.  The Dashboard will display bidding schedules and cost of clearing during the clock phase and conclusion of the reverse auction, respectively.  It will provide updated bidding schedules, round-by-round proceeds, and status information during the forward auction. 
  • Reverse Auction: This section will provide announcements related to the reverse auction that have been made public. 
  • Forward Auction:  In addition to status updates, this section will provide a Product Status screen that will be updated after every forward auction clock round for each category of the blocks in each Partial Economic Area.  It will include downloadable data regarding opening and clock prices for the round, aggregate demand and posted price after bid processes, and clock price for the next round. 
  • PRS User Guide: Available on the Commission’s Auction 1001 and Auction 1002 web pages.

The PRS is directly accessible here.

Please contact us with any questions.