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FCC Staff Deny 5 State Requests for Lifeline NV Delay, Blame States

The FCC Wireline Bureau denied petitions from Connecticut, Georgia, Nebraska, New York and Vermont to postpone launch of the Lifeline national eligibility verifier scheduled for Wednesday, in an order Tuesday on docket 11-42. States worried the Lifeline NV…Subscribe to Read >>

STELA Lobbyists Watching Renewal Time Frame Debate at Senate Commerce Hearing

Communications sector lobbyists and officials say they will be watching during and after the Senate Commerce Committee's planned Wednesday hearing on Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act reauthorization (see 1910160036) for any new signs of the direction committee…Subscribe to Read >>

Trade Groups Press FCC for More Revisions to CAF Broadband Performance Measurements

Trade groups representing Connect America Fund ISP auction participants urged in interviews and filings with the FCC to fine-tune a draft order on reconsideration that would update broadband performance measurements for the rural, high-cost USF program. Commissioners vote on…Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Considers 6 GHz Band Critical to Future of Wi-Fi, Pai Tells MWC

The FCC sees 6 GHz as critical to the future of Wi-Fi and unlicensed, said Chairman Ajit Pai at the Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles Tuesday. The band will provide “huge 160 MHz channels that could be used…Subscribe to Read >>

State AG Offices Investigating Google to Convene in Colorado

Offices of state attorneys general leading an antitrust investigation of Google plan to meet in Colorado to determine next steps, a state official told us Tuesday. The gathering could take place Nov. 11, though the date is in flux…Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Urged to Delay First RDOF Auctions Until Better Broadband Mapping Data Ready

ISPs and state telecom authorities asked the FCC to delay the first-round auction for its $20 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund until it gets better broadband mapping data. In replies posted through Tuesday in docket 19-126, the California…Subscribe to Read >>

NAB, NPR, EMF Question FCC Low-Power FM Proposals

NPR, NAB and the Educational Media Foundation (EMF) have concerns about FCC proposals to update technical rules on low-power FM stations, posted through Tuesday in docket 19-193 for Monday’s NPRM comment deadline (see 1907310044). Representatives for LPFM entities…Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

‘Early Success’ in 2020 Critical for ATSC 3.0, and ‘We Need to Build on That,’ Says Noland

ATSC’s goal at NAB Show New York is “keeping the momentum going” for ATSC 3.0, “but also education,” which is why the “theme” of ATSC’s booth will be “Get Ready!” President Madeleine Noland told us Friday. As the 3.0…Read More >>

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23
Public Knowledge program on net neutrality and tech regulation, 5:30 p.m., Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St., New York — see here
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23
FCC commissioners’ meeting, 10:30 a.m., Commission Meeting Room — see here
Oct
23
House Financial Services Committee hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn — see here
Oct
23
Senate Commerce Committee hearing on reauthorizing Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, 10 a.m., 216 Hart — see here
Oct
24
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Oct
24
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24–25
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