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Rosenworcel Receives Nod for FCC Chair, Additional Term

This morning, President Joe Biden designated FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, 50, as chair of the Commission, the first woman to serve in that capacity. He also announced his intention to nominate Rosenworcel to another term on the Commission. Rosenworcel has served as a commissioner since 2012.

“During her time at the agency, she has worked to promote greater opportunity, accessibility and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success,” a statement issued by the White House reads. “From fighting to protect an open internet, to ensuring broadband access for students caught in the homework gap through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund, to making sure that households struggling to afford internet service stay connected through the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, she has been a champion for connectivity for all.”

The White House called Rosenworcel a leader in spectrum policy who has developed new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things. She has fought to combat illegal robocalls and enhance consumer protections in our telecommunications policies, the White House said.

Prior to joining the FCC, Rosenworcel served as senior communications counsel for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under the leadership of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV and Sen. Daniel Inouye, the White House said. It said that before entering public service, Rosenworcel practiced communications law. She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law, the White House said.

A representative of a membership organization of communications infrastructure contractors extended congratulations to Rosenworcel. Todd Washam, director of government relations and Wireless Industry Network at NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, also said that NATE welcomes the opportunity to work with her to expand broadband services, improve telehealth services and other contractor priorities.

Speaking for an association of independent, community-based telecommunications companies, Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, called Rosenworcel a tireless advocate for overcoming barriers to broadband access for all Americans.

“We have long appreciated her focus on closing the digital divide, and, especially during the pandemic, to giving families and students greater ability to get and stay connected,” Bloomfield said. “We look forward to her confirmation and to continuing to work with her to advance these goals and sustain the progress already made in rural America and across the country.”

The head of a membership organization of public safety communications professionals, Derek K. Poarch, said that Rosenworcel has proven her devotion to promoting the best interests of public safety.

“She has made a point to truly understand the needs of the public safety community, including through her many visits to 9-1-1 centers throughout the country,” said Poarch, executive director and CEO of APCO International. “With her expertise and commitment, I am confident she will serve the country well.”

The Wireless Industry Association represents businesses that build, develop, own and operate wireless infrastructure. Its president and CEO, Jonathan Adelstein, said that Rosenworcel’s knowledge, experience, and commitment to bridging the digital divide and the homework gap would be crucial as the FCC guides America through the expansion of 5G.

“We look forward to working with her to increase broadband access and accelerate 5G deployment,” Adelstein said.

Spectrum Policy Stakes Never Higher: Rosenworcel

By Don Bishop

Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the FCC

Speaking during an online symposium Sept. 21, Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the FCC, said that when it comes to radio-frequency spectrum policy, the stakes never have been higher. She spoke during the 2021 NTIA spectrum policy symposium, “Modernizing U.S. Spectrum Strategy and Infrastructure for 21st-century Global Leadership.”

“Mobile technology has already reshaped almost every facet of our lives and our economy,” the agency chief said. “Now, 5G is poised to unlock the potential of countless technologies that we’ve been talking about and slowly developing for years: the internet of things, telemedicine, virtual and augmented reality, precision agriculture, smart transportation networks, smart energy grids, I could go on. This, in turn, will drive the future of industry and expand the potential for machine learning and the possibilities of artificial intelligence.”

Rosenworcel said that to guide the future of 5G wireless communications, the FCC focuses on freeing up more spectrum, especially in the mid-band frequency range. The agency also focuses on expanding the reach of fiber facilities and diversifying equipment in 5G wireless communications networks, she said. Additionally, she said the FCC focuses on building security and resiliency in the supply chain, and on fostering American leadership in setting the technology standards of the future.

“In each of these principles — whether it is freeing spectrum, expanding broadband, diversifying networks, securing communications, or leading internationally — we have embraced the idea that no single entity can meet this challenge alone,” Rosenworcel said. “We need a whole-of-government approach to get this done and one that is open to commercial innovation and opportunity. To do this, we need to draw on the strengths in our national DNA — our hard-wired belief in the creative possibilities of the future, the power of coordination, and the rule of law. This is how we turn spectrum scarcity into spectrum abundance.”

Rosenworcel said that it is vital that the FCC keep an open door and an open mind and advance policies that are consistent with the facts, the law and its most critical mission, which she said was to ensure that world-leading communications reaches everyone, everywhere in the United States.

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Don Bishop is executive editor and associate publisher of AGL Magazine.

FCC Grants C-band Spectrum Licenses Worth $81 Billion

By Don Bishop

The FCC granted 5,676 licenses today for wireless operations in mid-band radio-frequency spectrum, also known as C-band spectrum in the range from 3.7 GHz to 3.98 GHz. The licenses went to high bidders in the FCC Auction 107 that concluded on Feb. 17. Twenty-one bidders spent about $81 billion for the licenses. “Today’s action keeps the transition of this band to flexible use on track, paving the way for carriers to use this spectrum to provide 5G and other advanced wireless services,” a statement from the FCC reads.

The FCC’s acting chairwoman, Jessica Rosenworcel, said, “These mid-band licenses are the sweet spot for 5G deployment. That’s because they have the right mix of capacity and propagation that will help us reach more people in more places faster. With these licenses in hand, more carriers can deploy mid-band 5G, which means faster speeds over much wider coverage areas and more robust competition.”

Among the bidders, Verizon Wireless, under its business name of Cellco Partnership, spent $45.5 billion for 3,511 licenses. AT&T spent $23.5 billion for 1,621 licenses. T-Mobile spent $9 billion for 142 licenses. U.S. Cellular spent $1.3 billion for 254 licenses. NewLevel II, a bidding entity for Grain Capital, spent $1.2 billion for 10 licenses. Canopy Spectrum, a joint venture of Jennifer Fritzsche and Ed Moise, spent $197 milllion for 84 licenses.

The initial authorizations have a term not to exceed 15 years from the date of initial issuance or renewal, the FCC said. The FCC imposed lengthy, detailed construction requirements upon the license-holders in an effort to see to it that they build facilities to put the spectrum to use.

Licenses in the A Block in 46 of the top 50 partial economic areas (PEAs) are subject to the accelerated relocation deadline of Dec. 5, 2021. Licenses in the B and C Blocks in the 46 PEAs and in the A, B, and C Blocks in the remaining 360 PEAs are subject to the Phase II accelerated relocation deadline of Dec. 5, 2023. Source: FCC

 

Satellite operators Intelsat, SES, Telesat, Eutelsat and Star One are working to clear the portion of the C-band that was auctioned, according to a story in Via Satellite. “The operators have agreed to clear the spectrum in exchange for relocation costs and incentive payments for clearing the spectrum on an accelerated timeline,” the story reads. “The FCC decided on $9.7 billion of accelerated relocation payments, most of which will go to Intelsat ($4.87 billion) and SES ($3.97 billion). The operators must first clear 120 megahertz of spectrum in 46 partial economic areas by Dec. 5, 2021. In a second phase, they must clear the lower 120 megahertz in the remaining areas, plus an additional 180 megahertz nationwide, by Dec. 5, 2023.”

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Don Bishop is executive editor and associate publisher of AGL Magazine.

Scalise, Eshoo Introduce Bill to Protect U.S. Telecom Networks Against Chinese National Security Threats

Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) introduced the Secure Equipment Act of 2021 to prohibit the FCC from reviewing or issuing new equipment licenses to companies on the FCC’s Covered Equipment or Services List that pose a national security threat.

This legislation would prevent equipment manufactured by Chinese state-backed firms such as Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua from being further used and marketed in the United States.

As directed by Congress, in 2020, the FCC published a list of telecommunications companies deemed to be a national security threat, prohibited the use of federal funds for purchasing equipment made by those companies and authorized funding for U.S. telecommunications carriers to rip and replace equipment made by those companies. Yet, carriers can still privately purchase this equipment on the open market. The Secure Equipment Act adds an extra layer of security that slams the door on Chinese actors from having a presence in the U.S. telecommunications network.

“For far too long, we’ve allowed manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE – backed by the Chinese Communist Party – to have access to American networks, which has jeopardized our national security and threatened the individual safety of the American people,” said Scalise. “China must be stopped from doing further damage to our telecommunications network, and I’m proud to sponsor this important legislation with Rep. Eshoo to strengthen our national security and stand up to subsidiaries of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Eshoo said that, for more than a decade, she has fought to address vulnerabilities telecommunications infrastructure that affect national security.

“Sadly, in the intervening years, providers have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, Chinese state-directed companies that sell compromised equipment,” she said. “Our legislation would further strengthen U.S. telecommunications networks by prohibiting equipment manufactured by entities that are a threat to our national security. I’m proud to work across the aisle with Rep. Scalise on this critical legislation to make our nation safer.”

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said that he commended Scalise and Eshoo for their leadership in securing America’s communications infrastructure.

“Their bipartisan Secure Equipment Act would close a glaring loophole that Huawei and other entities are exploiting today to place their insecure gear into our networks,” Carr said. “I applaud their work to eliminate the threats posed by this equipment.”

FCC Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel said that the introduction of the Secure Equipment Act of 2021 is welcome news.

“This legislation will help protect our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders,” Rosenworcel said. “We’re not wasting time. Last month, I shared a plan with my colleagues to update the FCC’s equipment authorization procedures consistent with this effort. I thank Congresswoman Eshoo and Congressman Scalise for their work — having this policy written into the law will send a strong, bipartisan signal that the United States is committed to developing a market for secure 5G alternatives.”

Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced similar legislation in the Senate last month.

Source: Office of Congressman Steve Scalise

 

FCC Secures Live-saving Commitments From Wireless Carriers to Deliver 911 Vertical Location Information Nationwide Within Seven Days

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has announced what she called breakthrough agreements with America’s three largest mobile phone providers to start delivering vertical location information in connection with 911 calls nationwide in the coming days.

“This information will help first responders quickly locate 911 callers in multistory buildings, which will reduce response times and ultimately save lives,” a statement from the federal agency reads..

The FCC adopted rules to improve location information for 911 wireless calls in 2015. Those rules required nationwide wireless providers to deploy dispatchable location or meet certain z-axis location accuracy requirements in the nation’s largest 25 markets by April 3, 2021, and to certify to such deployment by June 2, 2021. According to the statement, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon sought an extension of these deadlines, based in part on challenges with testing z-axis solutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the FCC announced an Enforcement Bureau inquiry into these providers’ compliance with the FCC’s deadlines as well as the current capabilities of z-axis solutions.

“To improve public safety and greatly speed up nationwide implementation of vertical location information, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau reached settlements with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon that resolve the investigations,” the statement reads. “The settlements require each company to start providing wireless 911 callers’ z-axis location information to 911 call centers within seven days; to implement a compliance plan that includes specific testing, reporting, and public interest conditions; and to pay a $100,000 settlement amount.”

According to the FCC, these enforceable commitments extend beyond the 25 largest metropolitan areas required under FCC rules and instead assure that vertical location information will be made available to public safety entities nationwide. The settlements also will provide public safety stakeholders with greater visibility into industry progress toward dispatchable location and floor-level accuracy and guidance on receiving and using z-axis information. Under these agreements, the FCC, carriers, and public safety can move forward collaboratively to better protect American lives.

“Six years is too long to wait for 911 vertical location information that can save lives,” said Rosenworcel. “These settlements accomplish what has evaded the agency for too long: They ensure that the FCC, public safety and wireless carriers work together to immediately start delivering this information to first responders without further delay. They also ensure that we are improving our 911 location accuracy capabilities everywhere in the country and not just in the top 25 markets. This progress will advance important public safety objectives and benefit all Americans.”

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The settlements, formally called Consent Decrees, are available at:

Source: FCC