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Consumer Signal Boosters, Internet of Things, Narrowbanding, Accessibility Certifications

FCC Seeks Comment on Consumer Signal Boosters

Last week, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau released a Public Notice seeking comment on the current state of consumer signal boosters. As the name implies, Consumer Signal Boosters are used to boost reception of commercial wireless services. The Bureau asks about the performance of new consumer signal boosters, whether additional safeguards are necessary, the effectiveness of the registration systems established by wireless providers and related enforcement efforts. Comments and Reply Comments are due March 30 and April 14, 2016 respectively.

The FCC has started distributing wideband removal reminder emails to licensees with Call Signs that still list wideband emissions. Moving forward, all applications submitted to the FCC that are associated with licenses with wideband emissions will be dismissed or returned automatically. If your station does not meet the FCC’s spectrum efficiency standard and does not list a narrowband emission, an application is required.

CVAA Certifications

Last week the FCC issued a reminder to service providers and equipment manufacturers subject to Section 255, 716, and 717 of the Communications Act of their obligation to maintain records of the efforts taken to implement accessibility requirements for disabled individuals.  The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) established requirements for certain providers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment not only to ensure accessibility for users with disabilities, but also that providers and manufacturers maintain records of their efforts to do so.  Annual recordkeeping certifications are required by April 1, 2016. 

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About this Author

Gregory E. Kunkle, Keller Heckman, regulatory attorney, FCC lawyer

Gregory Kunkle joined Keller and Heckman in 2006. Mr. Kunkle practices in the area of telecommunications, with an emphasis on assisting corporate clients and trade associations with various legal and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission.

Mr. Kunkle regularly counsels critical infrastructure companies, such as electric utilities, oil and gas companies, and railroads, public safety agencies, and commercial providers regarding FCC wireless licensing and compliance issues.  He assists clients in identifying and acquiring...

Timothy A. Doughty, Keller Heckman, Telecommunications Licensing Specialist, Lawyer, FCC Matters Attorney

Timothy Doughty joined Keller and Heckman in 2009 as a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Licensing Specialist.

Mr. Doughty assists clients with the preparation of FCC applications, modifications, special temporary authorities, requests for rule waiver, renewals and spectrum leases in various radio services including Private Land Mobile, Microwave, Coast and Ground and Aircraft. His capabilities also include the preparation of tower registrations with the FCC and Obstruction Evaluations and Aeronautical Studies with the Federal Aviation...

Wesley K. Wright, Keller Heckman, Telecommunications Lawyer, FCC Enforcement Attorney, DC

Wesley Wright joined Keller and Heckman in 2006 and practices in the areas of telecommunications law.  He assists corporate clients and trade associations with various legal and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, courts and state agencies.

Mr. Wright’s practice includes private wireless licensing, FCC enforcement, and related transactional matters.  He counsels clients on internal operations and governance matters and has drafted and negotiated asset purchase agreements,...