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Telecom Alert: ULS Filing Deadlines Extended; PSAP Notification Pleading Cycle; $930 Million in Middle Mile Grants; ECF Funding [Vol. XX, Issue 25]

Filing Deadlines Extended Due to ULS Outage

The FCC issued a Public Notice last week announcing an extension on all filings that need to be made in the Universal Licensing System (“ULS”), Tower Construction Notification System (“TCNS”), E-106 System, and Antenna Structure Registration System (“ASR”) (Vol. XX, Issue 24).  These systems have been unavailable since June 9 due to technical issues and the Commission is working to resolve the problems as soon as possible.  All filing deadlines that needed to be made or will need to be made beginning June 9 will be extended for at least three business days after access to the systems resumes. 

PSAP Notification Report and Order Pleading Cycle

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a Public Notice last week announcing filing deadlines for oppositions and replies to a Petition for Reconsideration of its Second Report and Order proposing rules to ensure Public Safety Answering Points (“PSAPs”) receive timely notifications of network outages (Vol. XIX, Issue 44).  The Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) filed the Petition for Reconsideration asking the Commission to reconsider its proposals requiring service providers notify PSAPs with all available information they have about an outage thirty minutes from the time of discovery, even if not all information is available, and maintain up-to-date contact information for 911 special facilities.  CCA encourages the Commission to retain its “as soon as possible” requirement for notifying PSAPs or at least begin the thirty-minute limit when actual OSP notification occurs and to establish a centralized database with information provided by 911 special facilities.  Oppositions are due by June 26 and replies to oppositions or due by July 5.  

$930 Million in Middle Mile Grants

Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) announced the award of over $930 million in support for middle-mile fiber broadband projects through the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program (the “Program”).  The projects will deploy over 12,000 miles of new fiber across thirty-five states and Puerto Rico, with awardees investing an additional $848.46 million of outside match funding.  The Program will allocate up to $980 million to expand middle mile infrastructure and reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. 

ECF Funding

The FCC announced that it is committing over $21 million in a new funding round through the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (the “Program”).  The commitment will support applications from the third application window and will support approximately 40,000 students in states including Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin.  To date, the Program has provided support to roughly 11,000 schools, 1,000 libraries, and 120 consortia.

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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,...

Gregory E. Kunkle, Keller Heckman, regulatory attorney, FCC lawyer

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...

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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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.

Sean has...