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Keller and Heckman LLP | USA | 19 Feb 2021

Nearing a Tipping Point on USF Contribution Reform?

The 31.8% Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution factor for 1st Quarter 2021 and the ascendency of broadband to that of an essential service for…

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | 21 Apr 2020

FCC Initiates Rulemaking to Deregulate End-User Charges and Simplify Customer Bills

The FCC has proposed new rules to eliminate several obscure telecommunications charges that were either mandated or authorized for price regulated…

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | 27 Feb 2020

FCC Continues Supply Chain Protection Efforts; ETCs to Report on Huawei and ZTE Use by April 22, 2020

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is acting swiftly on efforts to protect the communications supply chain from entities posing a national…

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 24 Feb 2020

FCC Bans Use of USF Funds for Covered Equipment and Services From Designated Companies - Huawei and ZTE Targeted First

In its recent Report and Order (Order), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted a rule prohibiting the use of Universal Service Fund (USF)…

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | 12 Dec 2019

FCC Prohibits Carriers Receiving USF Support from Using Providers Deemed to Pose a National Security Risk; Further Notice to Explore Using USF to Replace Equipment Already Installed

In a strongly worded Report and Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order (the “Order”) released on November 26, 2019, the FCC adopted…

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | 9 Dec 2019

FCC Plans Major Overhaul of Suspension and Debarment Rules for its USF, TRS, and Other Funding Programs

The FCC proposed sweeping reforms to its process for suspending and debarring entities from participating in its largest funding programs, including…

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | 23 Apr 2019

USF Tracker - April 2019

The big news in April for the Universal Service Fund was the possibility of the FCC imposing for the first time a cap on the overall fund. We cover the content of the draft NPRM below (to the extent it is known at the moment), and it is important to recognize that placing an item on circulation is no

Keller and Heckman LLP | USA | 8 Apr 2019

Sprint Turns Off Cell Tower Amid Cancer Concerns; Broadband Deployment and USF Items on Circulation; Vertical Location Accuracy for Wireless 9-1-1 Calls; CAF II Auction Update- Vol. XVI, Issue 14

The 2019 Broadband Deployment Report and a document referred to as the Universal Service Fund (USF) Contribution Methodology are currently on…

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | 1 Apr 2019

FCC Plans to Eliminate Rural “Rate Floor,” Heading Off Potential Price Hikes

The FCC plans to adopt an order eliminating the controversial rural “rate floor” that restricts the amount of Universal Service Fund (“USF”) support…

Keller and Heckman LLP | USA | 19 Feb 2019

700 MHz Spectrum Relicensing Process; New Procedure for ASR Ownership Changes; CAF II Auction; Enforcement Advisory for Equipment Authorizations - Vol. XVI, Issue 7

On February 12, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) issued a Public Notice outlining the process for relicensing unserved areas in the…
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