Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel Commends Progress in 3.5 GHz Band Spectrum Sharing Regime, FCC to Hold Open Meeting March 17, 2021, USAC Election Window Open for EBBP
FCC Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel Commends Progress in 3.5 GHz Band Spectrum Sharing Regime
Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel applauded continued progress on the innovative sharing regime used in the 3.5 GHz band. This structure, established in 2015, allows for licensed and opportunistic commercial use of this mid-band spectrum while carefully protecting longstanding operations by the Department of Defense.
“It is exciting to see the rapid rise of the FCC’s Citizens Broadband Radio Service,” said Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “We are making history with this innovative band. The growing CBRS ecosystem is now supported by six competitive spectrum access database administrators. This is exciting for consumers, providers, and the future of spectrum policy.”
FCC to Hold Open Meeting March 17, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, which is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and related agency telework and headquarters access policies, this meeting will be in a wholly electronic format and will be open to the public on the Internet via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live and on the FCC’s YouTube channel.
FCC March Open Meeting agenda includes:
- Promoting Public Safety Through Information Sharing (PS Docket No. 15-80) The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would provide state and federal agencies with direct, read-only access to communications outage data for public safety purposes while also preserving the confidentiality of that data.
- Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding the Emergency Alert System (PS Docket No. 15-94); Wireless Emergency Alerts (PS Docket No. 15-91) The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry to implement section 9201 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is intended to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios.
- Facilitating Shared Use in the 3.45 GHz Band (WT Docket No. 19-348) The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order that would establish rules to create a new 3.45 GHz Service operating between 3.45-3.55 GHz, making 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum available for flexible use throughout the contiguous United States
- Auctioning Flexible-Use Service Licenses in the 3.45-3.55 GHz Band (AU Docket No. 21-62) The Commission will consider a Public Notice that would seek comment on application and bidding procedures for Auction 110, the auction of flexible use licenses in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band.
- Promoting the Deployment of 5G Open Radio Access Networks (GN Docket No. 21-63) The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry seeking comment on the current status of Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) and virtualized network environments, including potential obstacles to their development and deployment, and whether and how deployment of Open RAN-compliant networks could further the Commission’s policy goals and statutory obligations.
Other items to be addressed include National Security and Enforcement Bureau Action.
USAC Election Window Open for EBBP
Service providers who wish to participate the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) may submit their election notices with USAC beginning today, March 11. Service providers who are not eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) must apply for and receive FCC approvalto participate in the EBB Program before submitting their election to USAC. To submit an election notice, USAC instructs service providers to complete the EBBP Election Form and submit it with all required documentation to USAC at EBBElection@usac.org.
The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of an Inteserra Briefing.