Federal Communications Commission

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This is the first entry of three regarding the FCC’s ongoing proceeding addressing human exposure to radio-frequency (RF) fields.  Although the FCC proceeding has been pending for some time, Chairman Pai has informed Congress that further action is a Commission priority.  Thus, we expect the FCC to adopt one or more orders in this proceeding

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For several years, the major incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) have been heralding the benefits of transitioning their networks to IP technology. The FCC has supported this transition. Agreeing that “less is often more” and reviewing related decisions in one entry may be helpful, this entry highlights the FCC’s recent decisions on policies and procedures

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Despite an energetic reboot earlier this year, the FCC’s most recent effort to reform the rules and policies for funding the Universal Service Fund—USF contribution reform—has lost momentum.  In its Further Notice, the FCC raised every conceivable issue and policy question and sought comment on each of them.  To no one’s surprise, countless services

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Following the Department of Justice’s conditional approval of the spectrum transaction, including the so-called “Commercial Agreements,” under which Verizon Wireless acquires the AWS-1 licenses of by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks via Spectrum Co and those of Cox Communications, the FCC granted its consent to these license assignments and related applications calling

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The FCC’s USF/ICC Reform proceeding continues to generate a steady stream of ex parte meetings between FCC staff and interested parties.  This is understandable.  The redistribution of  $4 to $5 billion annually in Universal Service Fund/Connect American Fund (“USF/CAF”) support (“Support”) and major changes in intercarrier carrier compensation (“ICC”) are at stake.

On August 3,