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Telecom Alert: FCC Bans Authorization of Covered Devices; ECP Data Collection; FCC Removes Provider for Robocall Failures; NTIA Grants [Vol. XIX, Issue 48]

FCC Bans Authorization of Covered Devices

Last week, the FCC adopted a Report and Order prohibiting communications equipment deemed to pose a national security threat from being authorized for importation or sale in the United States.  The rules prohibit the authorization of equipment on the Covered List (Vol. XIX, Issue 39) and make clear that such equipment cannot be imported or marketed under any exemptions.  The Commission also adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on additional revisions that could be made to the rules prohibiting authorization of covered equipment.

ACP Data Collection

The FCC adopted a Report and Order last week creating the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”) Transparency Data Collection, a statutorily mandated annual data collection describing all internet service plans subscribed to by households enrolled in the ACP (Vol. XIX, Issue 46).  The Report and Order requires ACP providers annually to submit data on price, plan coverage, and plan characteristics, such as speed and latency, subscribed to by ACP-enrolled households.  These providers must also provide a unique identifier associated with a broadband label if applicable, as well as certain subscriber data.

FCC Removes Provider for Robocall Failures

Last week, the FCC issued an Order removing a voice service provider from access to other networks for failing to meet the FCC’s requirements for protecting consumers against robocalls and caller ID spoofing.  All voice service providers must file certifications in the Robocall Mitigation Database (the “Database”) regarding their efforts to fight illegal robocalls.  According to the Order, Global UC Inc failed to correct its deficient Database certification after requests from the Commission.  Upon its removal from the Database, all intermediate providers and terminating voice service providers must cease accepting Global UC’s traffic. 

NTIA Awards Internet for All Grants

Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) announced the award of five grants under the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (“BEAD”) Program and the Digital Equity Act program.  The BEAD Program provides grants to fund planning, infrastructure deployments, and other adoption programs to expand high-speed Internet access.  The Digital Equity Act provides grants to equip people and communities with the required skills, technology, and capacity to promote digital equity and inclusion.  The five states that were awarded grants are Delaware ($5,511,209.05), Georgia ($6,429,207.61), Iowa ($5,708,924.00), North Carolina ($6,415,614.32), and Rhode Island ($5,506,100.07). 

© 2023 Keller and Heckman LLPNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 332
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Gregory E. Kunkle, Keller Heckman, regulatory attorney, FCC lawyer
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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...

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Casey Lide Communication Attorney Keller & Heckman Washington, DC
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Casey Lide represents clients on a broad range of communications matters including telecommunications, cable television, broadband Internet access service, wireless communications, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments, and barriers to community broadband initiatives.

Casey counsels public- and private-sector clients on contract drafting and negotiation matters, including fiber optic IRUs and leases, easements, franchises, attachment agreements, ISP service agreements, interconnection and collocation agreements, strategic MoUs and others.   

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

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Jim Baller Communications Attorney Keller & Heckman Washington, DC
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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,...

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