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Does the Universal Service Fund Need a Cap? A Divided FCC Begins its Inquiry

USA - June 6 2019 On Friday, May 31, 2019, the FCC released a much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) to consider the adoption of an overall budget cap…

FCC Starts Rulemaking on Commercial Mobile Access in 1675-1680 MHz Band, Similar to 2012 Ligado Petition

USA - May 16 2019 By unanimous vote, the FCC launched a rulemaking this past week to consider allocating the 1675-1680 MHz band for co-primary use by flexible…

1-833-AUCTION: FCC Proposes Procedures for First-Ever Auction of Numbering Resources

USA - May 15 2019 At its May 2019 Open Meeting, the FCC approved a Public Notice (“Notice”) that sets the stage for the auction of certain toll free numbers with the…

New Podcast: Tuning into Spectrum

USA - May 2 2019 Our “Tuning into Spectrum” podcast series takes a close look at hot topics and issues in radio spectrum. Thanks to technological advancements, a…

FCC Adopts Limited Sharing Arrangements in the Upper 37 GHz and 50 GHz Bands

USA - April 30 2019 At its April Open Meeting, the FCC approved a Fifth Report and Order (“R&O”) in the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding that adopted sharing rules in two…

FCC Seeks Further Information About Satellite Use of C-Band from FSS Space and Earth Station Operators

USA - April 29 2019 The FCC is requiring fixed-satellite service (“FSS”) operators to provide the Commission with information about their current use of the 3.7-4.2 GHz…

FCC to Deny Chinese Telecom Provider Access to U.S. Market, Citing National Security Concerns

China, USA - April 26 2019 The FCC plans to bar a Chinese telecommunications provider from offering international telecommunications service between the United States and…

4th Circuit Declares Government Debt Exemption to the TCPA Unconstitutional, But Leaves the Rest of the Statute Intact

USA - April 24 2019 Since its adoption, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) has periodically been attacked as unconstitutional on grounds that it violates the…

FCC Plans to Bar Chinese Telecom Provider from U.S. Market and Open Up More Shared Use Spectrum at May Open Meeting

USA - April 23 2019 Highlighting recent network security and corporate espionage issues involving foreign-owned carriers, the FCC plans to take the unprecedented step of…

FCC Adopts Procedures to Set the Stage for Second-Ever Incentive Auction in Late 2019

USA - April 18 2019 The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), at its April 12, 2019 Open Meeting, voted to adopt a Public Notice that proposes application and…