Telecom Alert: Broadband data collection window opens; GAO study NG9-1-1; Decision on BDC’s request; Enhanced Competitive Incentive Program [Vol. XIX Issue 28] – Telecoms, Mobile & Cable Communications

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The broadband data collection window opens

The FCC announced that the Broadband Data Collection (“BDC”) filing window opened on June 30, allowing facilities-based service providers to begin filing location-related data. where they make available the consumer Internet access service (Vol. XIX, number 26). Providers must submit data by September 1, 2022. Broadband providers must file broadband and voice availability and subscription data as of June 30, 2022 (Vol. XIX, Issue 27). For more information, please contact Sean Stokes ([email protected]; 202.434.4193) or Kathleen Slattery-Thompson ([email protected]; 202.434.4244).

GAO commissions study of federal efforts to boost NG9-1-1 services

On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee approved a report (and amendment) to the Departments of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill of 2023 that directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study of the efforts federal agencies undertake to promote the deployment of NG9-1-1 services. The report will include (i) a summary of how NHTSA and NTIA are jointly executing the charge to facilitate coordination and communication among federal, state, and local entities and provide grants to eligible entities, including states, for the implementation of 9-1-1 and improvements; and (ii) the progress made by Federal 9-1-1 call centers in implementing NG9-1-1. For more information, please contact Wes Wright ([email protected]; 202.434.4239).

Ruling on Broadband Data Collection Petition

In response to a petition filed by the Competitive Carriers Association (Vol. XIX, Issue 22), the FCC issued a declaratory ruling and limited waiver of technical certification requirements for the BDC. Specifically, the FCC clarified that the requirement to submit a certification as to the accuracy of broadband submissions from a “corporate engineering officer” does not require the company is a certified PE, if it has “direct and responsible knowledge of the design and construction of the carrier’s network. Additionally, the FCC has found that the current lack of broadband-certified professional engineers warrants a temporary waiver of the certification requirement. Accordingly, for the duration of the exemption period, a supplier may satisfy the certification requirements by using an individual with “(i) a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree in electrical engineering, electronics technology or other discipline similar technical background, and at least seven years of relevant experience in the design and/or performance of broadband networks; or (ii) relevant specialized training in engineering and design, deployment and/or broadband network performance, and at least ten years of relevant experience in broadband network engineering, design and/or performance.” For more information, please contact Sean Stokes ([email protected]; 202.434.4193) or Kathleen Slattery-Thompson ([email protected]; 202.434.4244).

Enhanced Competitive Incentive Program

The FCC will consider a report and order and a second supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking at its July 14 public meeting that would establish the Enhanced Competitive Incentive Program (“ECIP” or the “Program”) to encourage transactions beneficial to small carriers and rural interests. . The program would encourage licensees to partition, disaggregate or lease spectrum to smaller carriers, tribal nations and a range of entities to provide services in rural areas. Some proposed ECIP benefits include a five-year license term extension for assignee and assignor in partitioning and disaggregation operations, as well as a one-year extension of build criteria for all parties. For more information, please contact Wes Wright ([email protected]; 202.434.4239).

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