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Telecom Alert:Fine for Violating Transactional Rules; NTIA Workforce Planning Guide; Tribal E-Rate Pilot Program; ECF Funding [Vol. XIX, Issue 43]

FCC Fines Licensee for Violating Transactional Rules

Last week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released an Order announcing that it entered into a Consent Decree with an industrial company that violated the FCC’s transactional rules.  The FCC found the company completed six substantial transfers of control without obtaining prior consent from the FCC.  The transactions included a total of 59 licenses.  The Consent Decree requires the licensee to pay a $50,000 civil penalty, implement a three-year Compliance Plan, and conduct an inventory of all its FCC licenses during each of the reporting periods.

NTIA Workforce Planning Guide

Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) released a new Workforce Planning Guide for states and territories to use when planning high-speed Internet deployment projects.  Individual states are responsible for awarding funding for rural broadband deployments under the Broadband Equity Access and Development (“BEAD” or the “Program”) program, and the guide offers strategies to assist states in developing workforce requirements under it and other Internet for All programs.  The guide addresses meeting the funding requirements and ensuring a skilled, competitive, and diverse workforce.

Tribal E-Rate Pilot Program

The FCC announced the formal launch of a new pilot program last week aimed at making it easier for Tribal libraries to apply for broadband funding through the E-Rate program.  The pilot program will initially target 20 Tribal libraries and will provide one-one-one help in all aspects of planning and applying for E-Rate support.  Applications to participate in the pilot program are due on November 18. 

Nearly $78 Million in ECF Funding

Last week, the FCC announced that it is committing nearly $78 million in new funding rounds through the Emergency Connectivity Fund.  These commitments support applications from the first and third application windows and will support over 190 schools, 30 libraries, and one consortium.  To date, the Commission has committed nearly $6.1 billion to schools and libraries.

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About this Author

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,...

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...

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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.

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Casey Lide Communication Attorney Keller & Heckman Washington, DC

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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Sean Stokes Communications Attorney Keller and Heckman Washington, DC

Sean Stokes represents clients nationally on a wide range of communications matters including broadband, cable television, wireless communications, right-of-way management, pole attachments, barriers to community broadband initiatives, and public-private partnerships. He counsels clients in developing and negotiating agreements involving access to poles, ducts, conduits, dark fiber, and towers. He has represented municipal utilities and local governments in complex negotiations developing city-wide fiber-to-the-home networks and wireless small cell siting agreements.

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