Monday, June 26, 2017

WTB Announces 600 MHz Applications are Accepted for Filing

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau ("WTB" or the "Bureau") released a Public Notice announcing that certain long-form applications for 600 MHz licenses have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing.  Those accepted applications are sorted by licensee in
Attachment A, and by market in Attachment B.  The initial review of the long-form application is ongoing, and subsequent public notice(s) will announce the acceptance for filing of additional long-form applications.

Petitions to deny the applications in Attachment A must be filed no later than July 3, 2017.  Oppositions to a petition to deny must be filed no later than July 11, 2017.  Replies to oppositions must be filed no later than July 18, 2017.

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Chairman Pai Picks Rosemary Harold to Lead Enforcement Bureau

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau.  Harold is an attorney with considerable experience both within the agency and in private practice, as well as a former journalist.  She rejoins the agency from Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, where she was a partner.  Prior to joining the firm in 2011, she was legal advisor to then- FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell for media and broadband issues and deputy chief of the FCC's Media Bureau.

Harold will be working closely with Michael Carowitz, who, having served as acting bureau chief, will continue to help lead the Enforcement Bureau as deputy bureau chief.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

FCC Open Meeting Agenda Released

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") has released the following agenda for the June Open Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.:

Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission's Rules Regarding Emergency Alert System
(PS Docket No. 15-94) - The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would amend the Commission's Emergency Alert System ("EAS") rules to add a dedicated event code, "BLU," for Blue Alerts, so that EAS alerts can deliver actionable information to the public when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured, missing in connection with his or her official duties, or if there is an imminent and credible threat to a law enforcement officer.

Procedures for Commission Review of  State Opt-Out Requests from the FirstNet Radio Access Network (PS Docket No. 16-269) - The Commission will consider a Report and Order that establishes the procedures and standards the Commission will use to review alternative plans submitted by states seeking to "opt-out" of the FirstNet network and to build their own Radio Access Networks that are interoperable with FirstNet.

Rules and Policies Regarding Calling Number Identification Service – Caller ID (CC Docket No. 91-281); Waiver of FCC Regulations at 47 C.F.R. § 64.1601(b) on Behalf of Jewish Community Centers The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would amend the Caller ID rules to allow disclosure of blocked Caller ID information to aid law enforcement in investigating threatening calls and continue the waiver of those rules that is currently in effect for Jewish Community Centers.

WorldVu Satellites Limited, d/b/a OneWeb (Call Sign S2963) - The Commission will consider an Order and Declaratory Ruling that recommends granting OneWeb's request to be permitted to access the U.S. market using its proposed global non-geostationary satellite constellation for the provision of broadband communications services in the United States.

Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments

(GN Docket No. 17-142) - The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on ways to facilitate greater consumer choice and enhance broadband development in multiple tenant environments such as apartment buildings, condominium buildings, shopping malls, or cooperatives.  The Notice of Inquiry further seeks comment on the current state of broadband competition in such locations and whether additional action in this area is warranted to eliminate or reduce barriers faced by broadband providers that seek to serve the occupants of multiple tenant environments. 

Electronic Annual Notice Declaratory Ruling (MB Docket No. 16-126) - The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling which would clarify that the "written information" that cable operators must provide to their subscribers via annual notices pursuant to Section 76.1602(b) of the Commission's rules may be provided via e-mail.

Modernization of Payphone compensation Rules (WC Docket No. 17-141); Implementation of the Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 96-128); 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations (WC Docket No. 16-132) - The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order that (1) proposes to eliminate the requirement that carriers that complete payphone calls conduct an annual audit of their payphone call tracking systems and file an associated annual audit report with the Commission, and (2) waives upcoming annual audit and associated reporting requirements.

Enforcement Bureau Action - The Commission will consider an enforcement action.

Drafts of the items listed above are available at: https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2017/06/june-2017-open-commission-meeting

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FCC Grants 600 MHz Licenses

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") has released a Public Notice announcing the completion of review of applications and granting new 600 MHz licenses pursuant to the Incentive auction.  These granted licenses are sorted by licensee in Attachment A, and sorted by market in Attachment B. 

The FCC reminds licensees that they should review all Commission orders and public notices establishing rules and policies for the 600 MHz band, including but not limited to spectrum use during the Post-Auction Transition Period, procedures for commencing operations, and performance requirements.

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Chairman Pai Picks Stockdale to Lead Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he intends to appoint Donald Stockdale to serve as chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  Stockdale is an economist and attorney with extensive FCC and private-sector experience.

Stockdale rejoins the Commission from Bates White Economic Consulting, where he has been a partner.  Prior to that, he worked on telecom regulatory and antitrust issues as a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP.  He first joined the FCC in 1994 as an attorney advisor and later as deputy division chief and associate bureau chief for economics and the then-Common Carrier Bureau.

Nese Guendelsberger, who has served as acting bureau chief, will work along side Stockdale as his senior deputy bureau chief.  James Schlichting, the current senior deputy bureau chief, will be appointed to the same position in the International Bureau.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Telecommunications Law Professionals "Recommended" by Legal 500 Rankings

TLP is pleased to have been included in The Legal 500 United States 2017's list of recommended law firms, and 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

TLP also congratulates the following attorneys for their recognition by The Legal 500:
Carl Northrop is listed in the elite "Leadings Lawyers" list, which is The Legal 500 United States 2017's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. Mr. Northrop is listed under the following practice areas: Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- regulatory; Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- transactional

Five TLP lawyers are recommended in the Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial:
Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- regulatory
-Ashton Johnston, Carl Northrop, Dennis Corbett, Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom and Michael Lazarus
Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- transactional
-Ashton Johnston, Carl Northrop and Michael Lazarus

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TLP Ranked as "Leading Firm" in Chamber USA 2017

TLP is pleased to have been ranked in Chambers USA 2017 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.  The Chambers USA guide recognizes that the TLP Team is "top-notch in terms of their effectiveness and their reputation among the FCC.  They come fully prepared to handle these matters and you get everything you need."

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Proposed Third Quarter 2017 Universal Service Contribution Factor

A Public Notice has been released announcing that the proposed USF contribution factor for the third quarter of 2017 will be 0.171 or 17.1 percent.  Last quarter, the contribution factor was 17.4 percent.

The contribution factor is calculated based on the ratio of total projected quarterly costs of universal service support mechanisms to contributors' total projected collected end-user interstate and international telecommunications revenues, net of projected contributions.  For the third quarter of 2017, the projected revenue requirement (or "costs") of universal service support is $1.896110 billion and the projected industry revenue is $13.110461 billion.  The quarterly contribution base is then adjusted to $11.102207 billion.  If the Commission fails to act within 14 days following the release of the Public Notice, then the calculation is deemed to be approved.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

WTB Reminds Wireless Licensees of Construction Obligations

The Federal Communications Commission's ("FCC" or the "Commission") Wireless Telecommunications Bureau ("Bureau") released a Public Notice reminding Wireless Licensees of their buildout obligations- in particular, their existing obligations to timely meet the construction and coverage deadlines set forth in the Commission's rules.  These obligations serve the important purpose of ensuring that scarce spectrum resources are put to use and deployed in a manner that serves all communities.

The Bureau asserts that the FCC has clearly stated requests to extend construction obligations will not be routinely granted- only when failure to meet construction requirements were due to causes beyond the licensee's control, or more broadly, when the underlying purpose of the rules would not be served or would be frustrated, and that a grant would be in the public interest.  The Commission makes no representations or warranties that a license is a guarantee of business success, and does not contemplate extension of construction deadlines for licensees that fail to meet obligations because of miscalculations or erroneous productions about costs, demand, or developments in the market.  These requirements are highlighted particularly given the Commission's recent and ongoing initiatives to ensure that wireless broadband is deployed in unserved or underserved areas, including rural and tribal areas.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 Data Update for the Mapping Broadband Health in America Platform

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") announced a data update for the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform through its Connect2Health Task Force.  The platform now reflects the latest complete annual fixed broadband dataset from the Commission and updated health data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings.  The platform allows users to visualize, overlay, and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state, and county levels.  Said Michelle Ellison, Chair of the Connect2Health Task Force: "This critical update to the Task Force's mapping platform unpacks the broadband health realities faced by communities nationwide and makes them easily accessible to the public and decision-makers."

The 2017 updated platform is available at http://www.fcc.gov/health/maps.  Sample maps include Rural Broadband and Physician Shortages, Broadband and Diabetes in Rural America, Broadband Gaps in America, and Broadband Access and Obesity.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wireline Competition Bureau Announces Infrastructure Deployment Webinar

The Wireline Competition Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus (the "Bureaus") released a Public Notice announcing a webinar on the recently-adopted Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry, Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment (NPRM/NOI) opened an examination of the regulatory barriers to wireline infrastructure investment and deployment, and the Commission solicited public comment on how it may remove or reduce such barriers consistent with the law and public interest.

A webinar for state and local governments will be conducted by the Bureaus and held at 2:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2017.  The webinar will focus on the NPRM/NOI issues that affect state and local government offices and agencies.

The Webinar will be available via WebEx.  To register, go to https://fccevents.webex.com/fccevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=e86049709729c5cc4c960604ccd5d33b5.

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Wireline Competition Bureau Announces LNPA Transition Outreach and Education Plan Webcast

The Wireline Competition Bureau ("WCB") released a Public Notice announcing the data and time of the seventeenth Local Number portability Administrator ("LNPA") Transition Outreach and Education Plan webcast.  The webcast is scheduled for 3:00-4:00 pm EDT, on June 14, 2017.  The webcast will be hosted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP, the Transition Oversight Manager ("TOM") for the LNPA transition.

The Transition Outreach and Education Program webcasts are designed to keep interested parties informed about the upcoming LNPA transitions.

The objectives for the webcasts are three-fold:
  • To provide transparent communications regarding the LNPA Transition;
  • To serve as an open forum to gather and understand needs and concerns; and,
  • To incorporate feedback to improve future connections
The agenda will be published on the LNPA Transition tab on the napmllc.org website one week prior to the webcast.  Interested parties may register for the webcast by visiting https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1150077.

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FCC Releases Updated Form 477 Data on Fixed Broadband Deployment from June 2016

The Wireline Competition Bureau ("Bureau") announced the release of updated data on fixed broadband deployment as of June 30, 2016.  This data was collected through FCC From 477, and is available on the "Federal Communications Commission's ("FCC's" or the "Commission's") Broadband Deployment Data- FCC Form 477" webpage: www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/broadband-deployment-data-fcc-form-477.  The June 30, 2016 version includes any revisions made by filers before May 16, 2017; and therefore updates the fixed broadband deployment data released in connection with the report Internet Access Services: Status as of June 30, 2016, released in April.  Coverage area shapeflies showing mobile broadband network deployment as of June 30, 2016 will be available at a later date.

Users can download data on census blocks where providers report offering fixed broadband services to at least part of the block.  These data tables also indicate the technology used to offer the service and maximum advertised download/upload speeds for both consumer and business services.  The data is available in a comma separated value ("CSV") format for both the entire United States and for individual states.

A description of the fields in the fixed broadband deployment data and an explanation of the modifications to the data made prior to its release are available on the "Explanations of the Broadband Deployment Data" webpage at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/explanation-broadband-deployment-data.

Addition information on Form 477 is available on the Form 477 Resources for Filers webpage at http://www.fcc.gov/form477.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Regulatory Fee FY 2017 NPRM Published

The Commission has released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  (“NPRM”) regarding the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal year (“FY”) 2017.  The Commission proposes and seeks comment on its proposal to collect $356,710,992 in regulatory fees for FY 2017.  The proposed regulatory fee schedule is available in Appendix A of the NPRM.

Comments are due June 22, 2017.
Reply Comments are due July 7, 2017.

As required by Congress, the Commission assesses regulatory fees each year in an amount that can be reasonably expected to equal the amount of its appropriation. To calculate regulatory fees, the Commission allocates the total collection target across all regulatory fee categories. The allocation of fees to fee categories is based on the Commission's calculation of full time employees (FTEs) in each regulatory fee category. FTEs are classified as "direct: if the employee is in one of the four "core" bureaus; otherwise, that employee is considered an "indirect" FTE. The total FTEs for each fee category includes the direct FTEs associated  with that category, plus a proportional allocation of the indirect FTEs. Each regulate within a fee category pays its proportionate share based on an objective measure, e.g., revenues or number of subscribers.
The NPRM seeks comment on the following:
  • The Commission proposes to collect $356,710,992 in regulatory fees for FY 2017.  (In FY 2016, the Commission proposed $384,012,497 in regulatory fees).
    • Of this amount, the Commission projects approximately $22.2 million in fees from the International Bureau regulatees, $88.7 million from the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“WTB”) regulatees, $130.3 million from the Media Bureau regulatees, and $115.5 million from the Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) regulatees.
  • The Commission believes that changes to USF regulatory landscape requires  a reevaluation of treating Universal Service Fund FTEs as direct FTEs, and seeks comment on its proposal to reallocate 38 FTEs associated with non-high-cost programs of the Universal Service Fund as indirect.
  • The Commission estimates that 7-8 FTEs in the WCB work on numbering issues, and proposes to reallocate four of these FTEs to the WTB as direct FTEs for regulatory purposes.
  • The NPRM also seeks comment on adjustments to Broadcaster and International Bearer Circuit ("IBC") regulatory fees.
  • The Commission seeks comment on increasing the de minimis threshold from $500 to $1,000 to improve the cost effectiveness of the Commission’s collection of regulatory fees and to provide regulatory fee relief to smaller entities, particularly those that have little Commission regulation or oversight.
    • The Commission seeks comment on whether it should include multi-year wireless licenses in the de minimis threshold; and if so, whether the threshold should be based on fee, number of licenses, frequencies, or paths the licensee holds. It also seeks comment on whether a de minimis threshold should be adopted based on number of cable television subscribers.
  • The Commission seeks comment on eliminating regulatory fee categories, such as CMRS Messaging (Paging), as its amounts to a negligible value in regulatory fees.
  • The Commission seeks comment on ways to further improve the regulatory fee process, to make it less burdensome for all entities; and seeks comment on ways it can communicate better with smaller regulatees, such as through mass emails.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Carl Northrop Inducted into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame


Telecommunications Law Professionals, PLLC congratulates Carl Northrop, Founding Member, for his induction into the inaugural Legal 500 US Hall of Fame.  The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence and law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession.  Mr. Northrop has been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for several consecutive years, and is now one of only 455 partners nationwide that have made it into the inaugural Hall of Fame list.

Mr. Northrop has been awarded the preeminent AV rating in both legal ability and ethical standards in the Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process for over twenty years.  He has been selected by his peers for over 10 years in a row for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of Communications Law and Corporate Law.  He has been recognized in the Washington Post as one of Baltimore and Washington DC’s Top Lawyers for Excellence in Communications Law and is currently listed as a Leading Lawyer in the Telecoms & Broadcast category of Legal 500 and in Super Lawyers in the Communications, Administrative Law and Mergers and Acquisitions specialties.  His firm, TLP, has a National Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 through 2017 editions of the US News – Best Law Firms


 





Monday, March 6, 2017

Public Safety Bureau Seeks Comment on a Privacy and Security Plan for National Emergency Address Database


The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the Privacy and Security Plan (“Plan”) for the National Emergency Address Database (“NEAD”) submitted by NEAD, LLC, along with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon (collectively, “Parties”).   The NEAD is being developed to identify the dispatchable location of wireless 911 callers when the caller is indoors, and as a database that will use media access control (“MAC”) address information of fixed indoor access points to locate nearby wireless devices.  NEAD, LLC, a non-profit entity established by CTIA, will oversee the development and operation of the NEAD platform and serve as the NEAD Administrator.

The Plan states that information in the NEAD on wireless access points will generally come from three sources:  1) service provider records of wireless access points; 2) records from large enterprise systems of wireless access points, including MAC address, PT-BDA and location information; and 3) “eventually, individual consumers, who will be able voluntarily to input information about their wireless access points not otherwise provided to the NEAD along with information necessary for verification.”  The Plan also describes the consumer privacy protections within the NEAD platform, and “comprehensive controls” incorporated to support the security of the NEAD platform.  The Bureau seeks comment on the proposed privacy and security methods, along with personnel management, privacy training, and all other aspects of the Plan.

Comments are due March 20, 2017.
Reply comments are due March 30, 2017.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wireless Bureau Extends Form 477 Filing Deadline


The Wireless Competition Bureau released a Public Notice extending the March 1, 2017 deadline for submission of Form 477 data due to unresolved technical difficulties with the filing interface.  The Bureau is extending the filing deadline until after March 1, 2017, and will release a subsequent Public Notice once the site reopens announcing the new filing deadline.

For more information on Form 477 information, visit http://www.fcc.gov/form477.

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Chairman Pai Seeking to Stay FCC Privacy Rules


The Commission released a statement from Mark Wigfield, Acting Director of the Office of Media Relations, stating that Chairman Pai has advocated “returning to a technology-neutral privacy framework for the online world and harmonizing the FCC’s privacy rules for broadband providers with the FTC’s standards for others in the digital economy.”  The statement notes that the previous privacy rules scheduled to take effect on March 2, 2017 are not consistent with the FTC’s privacy standards, and therefore the Chairman is seeking to act on a request to stay this rule before that date.

The rules referred to above as being scheduled to take effect on March 2 are the data security rules (Section 64.2005) of the Privacy framework.  However, as stated in the press release, it is now unlikely that such data security rules will take effect on March 2.  As noted in the press release, “if Commissioners are willing to cast their votes by March 2, then the full Commission will decide the stay request.  If not, then the Wireless Competition Bureau will stay that one element of the privacy rules pending a full Commission vote on the pending petitions for reconsideration consistent with past practice.”

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Monday, February 27, 2017

FCC to Host Post-Auction Broadcast Transition Workshop


The Commission released a Public Notice announcing that on Monday, March 13, 2017, the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau will host a public workshop to review procedures related to the post-auction broadcast transition.  The workshop will include presentations and panels by Commission staff focusing on post-auction procedures, including the transition of broadcast stations to post-auction channel assignments in the reorganized television band.

The workshop is open to the public and will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters.  The Commission will release additional details (i.e. time, registration, viewing remotely, etc.) at a later date.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February Open Meeting Agenda Announced


The Commission announced the Agenda for the February Open Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2017, beginning at 10:30 am.  The Commission will consider the following:

  • Universal Service Reform - Mobility Fund - The Commission will consider a Report and Order adopting rules to provide ongoing support targeted to preserve and advance high-speed mobile broadband and voice service in high-cost areas that the marketplace does not otherwise serve.

  • Connect America Fund; ETC Annual Reports and Certifications – The Commission will consider a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that (1) resolves a number of issues raised in the Phase II Auction Order FNRPM, including the adoption of weights to compare bids among service performance and latency tiers, and (2) considers several petitions for reconsideration for decisions made in the Phase II Auction Order.

  • Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard – The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to let television broadcasters use the “Next Generation” broadcast television transmission standard associated with recent work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC 3.0) on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

  • Revitalization of the AM Radio Service – The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would relax the siting rule for an FM fill-in translator rebroadcasting an AM broadcast station.

  • Small Business Exemption From Open Internet Enhanced Transparency Requirements – The Commission will consider an Order granting a five-year waiver to broadband Internet access service providers with 250,000 or fewer broadband connections from the enhanced reporting requirements adopted in the 2015 Title II Order.

  • Comprehensive Review of the Part 32 Uniform System of Accounts – The Commission will consider a Report and Order that would streamline and eliminate outdated accounting rules no longer needed to fulfill the Commission’s statutory or regulatory duties.

The Commission will also consider one consent agenda item that will not be presented individually.

The February 23rd meeting can be streamed live here: www.fcc.gov/live

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FCC Form 477 Due March 1



This is a reminder regarding the upcoming March 1, 2017 due date for the FCC Form 477 Broadband Report.  The purpose of the report is to provide the FCC with information regarding broadband connections to end-user locations and the data obtained from this form will be used to describe the deployment of broadband infrastructure and competition to provide local telecommunications services.  Form 477 must be submitted by: (i) facilities-based providers of broadband connections to end-user locations; (ii) providers of wired or fixed wireless local exchange telephone service; (iii) providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service; and (iv) facilities-based providers of mobile telephony services.  The data supplied must be current as of December 31, 2016. 

Form 477 is required to be filed electronically, and the filing can be made using the interface at https://apps2.fcc.gov/form477/login.xhtml.  The user guide for this interface can be accessed here.  You can also find the instruction manual for completing Form 477 here.  In addition, further instructions, tutorials and information on using the Form 477 electronic filing system are available at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/form-477-resources-filers

If you require our assistance in making this filing, please let us know no later than the close of business on Wednesday February 22, 2017.  As well, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the Form 477 filing.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces NORS Testing Window


The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice announcing that during a four week period, from February 2 to March 2, 2017, Version 3.0 of the Network Outage Reporting System (“NORS”) will be open for testing and production use.  NORS Version 3.0 has four new interfaces, and will enhance the overall security and reliability with better support for new technologies and analytic methods.  All four interfaces will be open for testing during this phase.

Providers of voice and paging communications are required under Part 4 of the Commission’s rules to report significant disruptions or outages to communication systems. 

During the testing phase, companies will continue to file their official NORS reports in the NORS 2.0 system.  Once the testing is successfully completed, the Commission will migrate all filings to the 3.0 system at the beginning of March.

For additional information on NORS 3.0 testing or to create a new test account and login, visit the NORS 3.0 Test Site at https://www.fcc.gov/network-outage-reporting-system-nors-test-environment.

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