Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Coalition Fights NCTA Pole Attachment Petition
In response to NCTA’s petition asking the FCC to require investor-owned utilities to start paying the lion’s share of prices for changing poles to accommodate communications firm broadband deployments in “unserved” areas, and to hurry up these pole replacements, the Coalition of Involved Utilities (Arizona Public Service Co., Berkshire Hathaway Power, Evergy, Eversource Power, Exelon Corp., FirstEnergy, Minnesota Energy and NorthWestern Power) final week filed Feedback with the Fee, arguing that NCTA’s proposal would end in much less broadband deployment, no more, and is in any other case anticompetitive, deceptive and ill-informed.
CBRS Public sale Lengthy-Type Functions Due
Final week the FCC launched the CBRS Public sale Public Discover saying that 228 bidders received a complete of 20,625 licenses nationwide. The public sale raised a complete of $4,548,663,345 in gross bids. The Public Discover additionally confirmed that profitable bidders’ down funds and lengthy kind purposes are due September 17, and remaining funds are due on October 1.
$163,000+ Superb for Inaccurate Broadband Deployment Reporting
The FCC launched a Discover of Obvious Legal responsibility final week proposing a $163,912 forfeiture penalty (the statutory most) in opposition to Barrier Communications Companies d/b/a BarrierFree for apparently failing to file the FCC Type 477 27 occasions and for inaccurately submitting FCC Type 477 information on 4 different events. The Fee collects Type 477 information twice per yr on broadband connections to end-user areas, wired and wi-fi native phone companies, and interconnected Voice over Web Protocol (VoIP) companies and finally makes use of the information to “describe the deployment of broadband infrastructure and competitors to offer native telecommunications companies.” BarrierFree acknowledged that it had not submitted Type 477 filings from September 2005 via September 2017 as a result of it thought the requirement was voluntary. Accordingly, the Fee’s Enforcement Bureau started an investigation and finally proposed the utmost forfeiture in opposition to BarrierFree for the alleged violations. .
RDOF Part I Public sale Replace
On September 1, the FCC launched its Public Discover saying that 505 candidates filed to take part in Public sale 904, together with a number of bidding consortia. The FCC accepted 121 short-form purposes and located 384 short-form purposes to be “incomplete,” and offered the candidates three weeks (till September 23, 2020) to re-submit the purposes to handle deficiencies. The FCC will assessment the resubmitted purposes and launch a remaining checklist of certified bidders within the coming weeks. All certified bidders shall be eligible to take part within the mock public sale scheduled for October 23, 2020 with the descending-clock reverse public sale starting on October 29, 2020. As much as $16 billion in funding shall be made out there in Public sale 904. .
3.7 GHz Band Public sale Submitting Window Opens
Earlier this yr the FCC adopted a Report and Order re-allocating the C-Band (3.7 GHz – 4.2 GHz) for cell and stuck terrestrial operations, shifting all C-Band satellite tv for pc area stations, earth stations, and stuck service networks licensees to the 4.0 – 4.2 GHz frequency band (whereas retaining a 20 MHz guard band). The remaining 280 MHz of spectrum shall be auctioned on an unpaired foundation throughout partial financial areas (PEAs), consisting of two blocks of 100 MHz (divided into 5 20 MHz sub-blocks) and one block of 80 MHz (divided into 4 20 MHz sub-blocks). Successful bidders shall be obligated to contribute their respective professional rata parts of the estimated $9.7 billion price to relocate C-Band area station, earth station, and terrestrial fastened licensees to frequencies between 4.0 – 4.2 GHz, based mostly on their respective percentages of the overall gross bid quantity in Public sale 107. Final month the Fee launched a Public Discover confirming that the submitting window for submitting short-form purposes shall be open from September 9 to September 22. The Public Discover additionally detailed the bidding procedures for the public sale and different key dates.
2.5 GHz Band Public sale Replace
In its 2019 Report and Order, the FCC considerably revised the foundations governing the Academic Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum (2.5 GHz), and granted an 8-month Tribal Precedence Window for federally acknowledged Tribes or Alaska Native Villages to use for unassigned 2.5 GHz licenses for operations inside their Tribal lands. The Tribal Precedence window closed final week. In its Report and Order, the FCC established an “overlay” public sale of three broadband channels derived from 2.5 GHz band to be assigned on a county-wide foundation: a 49.5 MHz channel, a 50.5 MHz channel, and a 17.5 MHz channel. Current EBS licensees might proceed to function on their licensed spectrum and renew their licenses, or they could assign or lease spectrum to 2.5 GHz public sale winners or different entities. The two.5 GHz band public sale is projected to start in early 2021.
Timothy Doughty, Kathleen Slattery Thompson and Adam (AJ) Reust contributed to this text.