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FAA Drone Forecast; DHS Cyber-Sharing Portal; Tower Compliance; CPNI and Lifeline Changes

FAA Drone Forecast

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report for Fiscal Years 2016 to 2036, which states that as of March 16, 2016, over 4,000 exemptions have been granted for commercial UAS operations in the U.S.  The report also includes a model aircraft and hobbyist forecast, noting that since it began requiring registration for UAS weighing under 55 pounds, the FAA has received approximately 408,000 registration applications.  The FAA forecasts hobbyist UAS sales to reach 4.3 million annually by 2020. 

DHS Cyber-Sharing Portal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented its Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) portal, which allows for the exchange of cyber threat indicators between and among the federal departments and agencies and the private sector.  AIS is part of DHS’ mandated requirements under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA).  According to DHS, several private sector entities have already joined AIS. 

Tower Compliance

The FCC will hold a training session on Environmental Compliance and the Historic Preservation Review process on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the FCC’s Headquarters, Commission Meeting Room, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington D.C.  At the workshop, FCC staff and invited experts will provide guidance on a variety of topics including the Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS), the National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance under the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement.  The workshop will be webcast at www.fcc.gov/live

CPNI and Lifeline Changes

At its March 31 Open Meeting, the FCC is expected to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to extend customer propriety network information (CPNI) rules to consumer broadband services, consistent with the  2015 Open Internet Order.  The FCC is also expected to adopt a major revision to its Lifeline Program by extending USF support to low income individuals for broadband service.

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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 Administration (FAA). He maintains a wide-ranging knowledge of the FCC's rules and procedures and regularly interfaces with various certified frequency coordinators.

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,...

C. Douglas Jarrett, Keller Heckman, telecommunications lawyer, procurement law

Douglas Jarrett joined Keller and Heckman in 1979. Mr. Jarrett specializes in telecommunications law, policy and procurement matters.

Mr. Jarrett is a recognized expert in representing enterprises in negotiating telecommunications services agreements with the major wireline and wireless carriers, domestically and globally.  He also advises enterprises on M2M services, cloud computing and IVR technology procurements. 

Mr. Jarrett represents technology companies in securing amendments to the FCC rules to enable the...