The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) took a major step forward on closing the “digital divide” in mobile broadband at its February meeting by unanimously adopting an Order resolving the remaining challenges to the Mobility Fund Phase II (“MF-II”) auction.  The order eases the letter of credit requirements and clarifies the collocation obligations for funding recipients, but generally preserves the MF-II auction budget, disbursement, and performance rules announced last year.  After clearing away these challenges, the FCC will focus on identifying the areas eligible for funding and conducting the auction later this year.

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Following on the heels of a voluntary commitment from the four nationwide wireless carriers to support text-to-911, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), on August 8, 2014, adopted a Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require all wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers – i.e., over-the-top (“OTT”) text

Randy Sifers contributed to this blog post.

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in Qwest v. FCC, Qwest’s appeal of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) June 2010 decision denying Qwest’s petition for forbearance from unbundling obligations and dominant carrier regulations pertaining to Qwest’s provision of mass