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Telecom Alert: Colorado Emergency Service Network Reliability Rules; 3.45 GHz Band Waiver Granted; Terrestrial Providers Satellite Expansion NPRM; CPF Grants [Vol. XX, Issue 9]

Colorado Adopts Emergency Service Network Reliability Rules

Last week, the Colorado Office of the Attorney General approved new rules for basic emergency service network reliability.  In January, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved an order adopting rules that, among other things, establish a tariff-based mechanism for basic emergency service network reliability improvements and require each Basic Emergency Service Provider (“BESP”) to file an improvement plan application by April 3, 2023.  BESPs must file additional applications or amendments to the original application every two years by February 15.

Ericsson 3.45 GHz Band Waiver Granted

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued an Order last week granting Ericsson a waiver of the Commission’s rules governing out-of-band emissions in the 3.45 GHz band.  Ericsson requested waiver of FCC rules to allow it to manufacture, market, and sell a multiband radio to wireless carriers holding licenses in the 3.45 and 3.7 GHz bands with the capability of transmitting in standalone 3.7 GHz spectrum or with carrier aggregation.  The Bureau granted Ericsson’s waiver request subject to certain conditions on in-band emissions and testing and certification requirements. 

Terrestrial Providers Satellite Expansion Proposed

The FCC will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at its Open Meeting on March 16 proposing a new regulatory framework for Supplemental Coverage from Space (“SCS”).  Under the proposed framework, satellite operators collaborating with terrestrial service providers could obtain FCC authorization to operate space stations on currently licensed, flexible-use spectrum allocated to terrestrial services.  The goal is to expand coverage to terrestrial licensee’s subscribers, specifically in remote unserved and underserved areas, to increase the availability of wireless coverage and emergency communications.

CPF Grants

Last week, the Department of the Treasury announced the award of approximately $355 million in funding for ArizonaTennessee, and Wyoming for broadband projects through the Capital Projects Fund (the “Fund”) (Vol. XX, Issue 5).  The Fund provides $10 billion to states, territories, and Tribal governments to fund critical capital projects that enable work, education, and health monitoring.  To date, the Fund has awarded nearly $4.8 billion to states that will be invested in high-speed internet infrastructure estimated to reach over 1.4 million homes and businesses. 

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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,...

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...

Jim Baller Communications Attorney Keller & Heckman Washington, DC

James (Jim) Baller represents clients across the U.S. in a broad range of communications matters including high-capacity broadband network projects, public-private broadband partnerships, telecommunications, wireless facility siting, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments, and barriers to community broadband initiatives.

Jim was the founder and president of the U.S. Broadband Coalition, a diverse group of more than 160 communications service providers, high technology companies, labor unions, public interest and consumer groups, state and local government entities,...