• On October 24, 2011, the FCC released its Second Report and Order in the Access Broadband Over Power Lines docket. Broadband over power lines (BPL) is used to deliver high-speed telecommunications over medium-voltage power lines and to monitor and manage electricity usage through remote devices – so-called SmartGrid devices. The item responds to the order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit which granted, in part, the appeal of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) in 2008. ARRL had challenged the FCC’s BPL rules on the ground that those unlicensed services could interfere with licensed radio services. The FCC, in response to the court of appeals’ mandate, released unredacted copies of the technical studies on which it relied and reconsidered its standards for measuring BPL emissions. The amended standards will be effective 30 days after Federal Register Publication. The Second Report and Order is available here.
  • The FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Next-Generation 911 (NG911) service has been published in the Federal Register. Comments are due December 12, 2011, and Reply Comments are due January 10, 2012. To view the Federal Register notice, click here. To read the NPRM, click here.