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Next Generation 911 Systems Policy Reform

Here are two actions last week in Washington, D.C. regarding Next Generation 911 Systems Policy reform:

(1) 10/12/11: FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Dates for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Next Generation 911 Proceeding.  Public Notice: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1012/DA-11-1703A1.pdf (Comments Due: December 12, 2011; Reply Comments Due: January 10, 2012)

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Next Generation 911 Systems Policy Reform

Here are two actions last week in Washington, D.C. regarding Next Generation 911 Systems Policy reform:

(1) 10/12/11: FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Dates for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Next Generation 911 Proceeding.  Public Notice: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db1012/DA-11-1703A1.pdf (Comments Due: December 12, 2011; Reply Comments Due: January 10, 2012)

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NTIA’s National Broadband Map Gets an Update

The National Broadband Map (Map), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), recently received its first significant update since it was launched in February 2011. The map has new data, current as of December 31, 2010, and the number of broadband providers supplying that data has increased to 1,731, up from 1,650 at launch.

The Map is an interactive tool that allows users to identify where sufficient broadband exists and many in the broadband development space are using it to focus resources on where it does not.

NTIA updates the map twice yearly in collaboration with the FCC, using data that every state, territory, and the District of Columbia (or their designees) collects from broadband providers or other sources.

In addition, NTIA welcomes input from users in order to identify any errors, which NTIA passes on to its BTOP grantees to support their ongoing data verification efforts.

US Gov Digital Literacy Portal Helps to Address "Digital Divide"

In order to foster collaboration to address the “digital divide,” the Obama Administration launched the Digital Literacy portal, which “organizes content conveniently, enables valuable discussion and collaboration among users and elevates best practices to improve the quality of digital literacy offerings.”

Those on the front line of teaching new users of computers and the Internet now have a national platform to share and learn from others in this important effort.

See: http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/

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FCC HQ Hosts Forum on Indoor Deployments of Small Cell Sites on 10-28-11 from 10:45 AM - 3 PM (10-6-11)

The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, in conjunction with the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee Small Cell working group and Spectrum Task Force, is organizing a forum focusing on indoor deployments of small cell sites on Friday, October 28, 2011, at the Commission’s Headquarters in Washington, DC. The event will begin at 10:45 AM and end at 3:00 PM.

The forum will provide an overview of small cell technologies currently available or soon to come on line, including software defined radios and enhanced Wi-Fi in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.  In addition, panelists will explore the business opportunities and challenges involved in expanding wireless data coverage.  Finally, the forum will assess the potential economic impact of small cell deployments, particularly with respect to job creation, and explore possible policy approaches.

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Will Discuss USF and Intercarrier Reforms on Oct. 6, 2011 at 10:30 am EDT

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will outline changes to the federal Universal Service Fund program and Intercarrier Compensation system on Thursday, October 6, 2011, in anticpation of the October 27, 2011, open meeting where the Commissioners will vote on the anticipated Report & Order.

Here is the FCC News Release announcing the details of the Chairman's speech: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-310202A1.pdf
 

FCC Publishes Final Rule for Preserving the Open Internet (9-23-11)

The FCC's Report and Order for Preserving the Open Internet (GN Docket No. 09–191; WC Docket No. 07–52; FCC 10-201) was published in the Federal Register on September 23, 2011.

See: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-23/pdf/2011-24259.pdf

The release of this Order triggers the filing window for legal challenges and for the consideration of a Resolution of Disapproval in the U.S. Senate.  We will keep you posted on important developments.

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FCC Wireline Competition Bureau Releases E-Rate Eligible Services List for Funding Year 2012 (9-29-11)

On 9-29-11, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released by Order (DA No. 11-1600) the Eligible Services List (ESL) to support E-rate recipients for Funding Year 2012.  See: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1600A1.pdf

The WCB adopted most of the clarifications proposed in the ESL Public Notice, with some minor modifications, for the following categories:

  • ESL Introduction
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Internet Access
  • Internal Connections
  • Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
  • Miscellaneous Clarifications

However, the WCB declined to add new services to the ESL and it emphasized that this proceeding was not intended to change the eligibility rules.

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Eligible Services List Released for Funding Year 2012 (9-29-11)

On 9-29-11, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released by Order (DA No. 11-1600) the Eligible Services List (ESL) to support E-rate recipients for Funding Year 2012.  See: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1600A1.pdf

The ESL for Funding Year 2012 can be found here: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-11-1600A2.pdf

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