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BEAD: State Challenge Process

February 5, 2024

Vantage Point’s Mikaela Burma, J.D., Manager of Regulatory and Legal, discusses the BEAD State Challenge Process. She highlights how locations play a role in the BEAD awards and the role you can play in promoting the accuracy of those locations.

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Memo: Broadband Serviceable Locations

February 1, 2024

Broadband Serviceable Locations: Validate and Update! Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) are reported bi-annually in the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) filing. The Federal Communications Communication (FCC) recently released several Public Notices providing additional guidance on the implications of utilizing the BSLs to determine how federal High-Cost funds are disbursed in addition to new funding opportunities. Vantage…

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Memo: ACP Funding Wind-down Procedures

January 16, 2024

FCC announced final full month is April 2024. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) wind-down guidance in DA 24-23. This order projects the last fully funded month for the ACP will be April 2024. The ACP claims snapshot on May 1, 2024, will identify the households eligible to receive the last…

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Memo: ACP Funding Projected to Run Out in April 2024

January 11, 2024

The FCC will provide wind-down procedures. FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel released The Future of the Affordable Connectivity Program fact sheet this week. It is anticipated the funding for the program will run out in April 2024 unless Congress acts on the requested $6B requested by the Biden Administration for the ACP, or the $7B bipartisan bill,…

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Memo: FCC Defers Next Five-Year Deployment Obligation for CAF BLS

December 29, 2023

Second Report and Order released on December 27, 2023. On December 27, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Second Report and Order deferring the commencement of the next five-year deployment obligation term for legacy rate-of-return carriers receiving Connect America Fund Broadband Loop Support (CAF BLS) in 2024 until January 1, 2025. Legacy carriers…

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Memo: Action Required by International 214 Authorization Holders

December 21, 2023

One-Time Information Collection Regarding Foreign Ownership On December 13, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice reminding all international section 214 authorization holders (Authorization Holders) to respond to a One-Time Information Collection regarding foreign ownership in the One-Time Information Collection Filing System no later than 11:59 ET on January 22, 2024. The…

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Memo: New LNP & CPNI Requirements for CMRS Providers

December 20, 2023

CMRS Providers: Are your CPNI Manuals and Training out of date? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order on November 16, 2023, designed to bolster Local Number Portability (LNP) rules and Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules for Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers (including resellers of wireless service) due to increased subscriber identity…

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Memo: Cybersecurity Reminder for Enhanced ACAM Electors

December 14, 2023

Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management plans must be submitted to USAC. Enhanced ACAM electors are required to implement operational Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management plans as outlined in the Enhanced ACAM order, FCC 23-60. According to the order, plans are to be submitted to USAC by January 1, 2024, and certified by January…

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Memo: Performance Measures Updates

December 12, 2023

USAC Announces New Samples Required, FCC Provides Additional Guidance for Carriers Transitioning to Enhanced ACAM. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) recently announced new sample locations MUST be obtained and used beginning first quarter 2024 through calendar year 2025 for carriers currently participating in any of the following funding programs: CAF BLS (must continue to…

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Memo: FCC Releases Rules Regarding Digital Discrimination

December 11, 2023

The 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “adopt final rules to facilitate equal access to broadband Internet access service, taking into account the issues of technical and economic feasibility presented by that objective, including – (1) preventing digital discrimination of access based on income level, race, ethnicity,…

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