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Telecom Alert: Wireless Emergency Alerts Rulemaking; 2.5 GHz Auction Licenses Removed; 911 Job Reclassification; RDOF Support Authorized [Vol. XIX, Issue 16]

Wireless Emergency Alerts Rulemaking

The FCC will consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at its Open Meeting on April 21 seeking comment on how to improve the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts (“WEA”).  WEA has been used more than 61,000 times since its launce a decade ago to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations, through alerts on mobile devices.  Specifically, the Commission seeks comment on how participating providers should measure performance of WEA and ways to improve WEA’s reliability and speed. 

Licenses Removed from 2.5 GHz Auction

Last week, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced that it removed 19 licenses from the inventory if its 2.5 GHz band auction (“Auction 108”) (Vol. XIX, Issue 13), which will commence in July.  The inventory released in March did not account for all canceled, terminated, or expired licenses that were granted waivers for late-filed renewals, and the Commission found 19 instances where county/channel block combinations had no unassigned spectrum.  Bidding in Auction 108 will begin on July 29, 2022, and parties may submit short-form applications between April 27 and May 10.  

Rosenworcel Supports 911 Job Reclassification

Last week, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wrote a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) offering her support in reviewing the current employment classification of 911 professionals in the Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) system.  The SOC system is the federal statistical standard used by federal agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data.  911 professionals have historically been classified as an “Office and Administrative Support Occupation,” but Chairwoman Rosenworcel suggests grouping them in the “Protective Service” category.

RDOF Support Authorized

The FCC issued a Public Notice last week authorizing support for 1,345 winning bids (Vol. XIX, Issue 14).  Applicants authorized in this round of authorizations must report their first set of location data by March 1, 2023 and continue to report this information by March 1 of each year until all build-out requirements are satisfied.  The Commission also granted a waiver of its rules to allow applicants to default on certain census blocks that raised concerns about whether funding in those areas would be the best use of funds.  

© 2022 Keller and Heckman LLPNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 108
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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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Sean Stokes Communications Attorney Keller and Heckman Washington, DC
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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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Kathleen Slattery Thompson D.C. Telecommunications Lawyer Keller and Heckman LLP
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Kathleen Slattery Thompson practices in all areas of telecommunications law assisting corporate clients, trade associations, critical infrastructure companies and commercial providers with licensing, regulatory and transactional matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the courts and state agencies. 

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Ms. Slattery worked for government agencies, associations, and the United States House of Representatives and Senate, where she gained experience...

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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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