Vol. 18, No. 30
July 18, 2022
INCOMPAS Urges FCC to Hit Pause on the Alternative Connect America Model NPRM
Today, INCOMPAS filed comments with the FCC in response to its NPRM that seeks public input on a proposal by the A-CAM Broadband Coalition to deploy 100/20 Mbps broadband service in the rural areas served by carriers currently receiving Alternative Connect America Model (A-CAM) support.

INCOMPAS stated that now, more than ever, Americans want access to faster, more robust and resilient broadband networks of the future, and Congress heard the people and allocated tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money to build high-speed broadband network to every American that currently is not served. The FCC should pause this proceeding until it can fully assess the results of those deployment programs before committing to any new High-Cost funding from the USF.
All 50 States, U.S. Territories and D.C. Join Internet for All Initiative
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that all states and territories have confirmed their participation in the Biden-Harris Administration’s Internet for All initiative announced in May. The Administration engaged in a comprehensive outreach and technical assistance campaign to ensure no state or territory was left behind.
“The Department of Commerce is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to the internet, which is vital for our economic future,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. “Beyond access, we also must enable meaningful internet use and provide people with tools to participate in education and training, access health care, and thrive in the digital economy. The Internet for All initiative will help states and territories accomplish both goals. I applaud America’s state and territory leaders who took these important first steps toward bringing equitable access to high-speed internet to the people they serve.”
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August 5 Open Meeting
The FCC announced items the FCC will consider at its August 5, 2022 open meeting:

  • Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program - A Second Report and Order that would establish the Affordable Connectivity Outreach Grant Program to provide eligible governmental and non-governmental entities funding to conduct outreach to increase awareness of and encourage participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program among eligible low-income households.

  • ‘Your Home, Your Internet’ Pilot Program – A Third Report and Order that would establish the one-year Your Home, Your Internet Pilot Program with the goal of increasing awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program among recipients of federal housing assistance and facilitating enrollment in the ACP by providing targeted assistance with the ACP application.

  • Space Innovation; Facilitating Capabilities for In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing – An NOI that would examine opportunities and challenges of in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM) that can support sustained economic activity in space. This NOI would develop an up-to-date record on current ISAM activities and seek input on steps the FCC might take to facilitate ISAM missions, including through updates to FCC rules and processes.
  • Freeing Up 17 GHz Spectrum to Support Satellite Broadband Service – A Report and Order and NPRM that would adopt a co-primary allocation for geostationary satellite orbit (GSO) fixed-satellite service (FSS) operations in the space-to-Earth (downlink) direction in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band, while protecting incumbent services, and inquire into whether the FCC should expand this FSS allocation in the 17.3-17.8 GHz band to include non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) FSS operations also in the downlink direction.
Energy & Commerce Holds Markup on Four Communications Bills
The House Energy and Commerce Committee met last Wednesday to markup a group of bills aimed at strengthening U.S. communications networks, including:

  • Safe Connections Act of 2022, (7132), which was introduced by Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), would require phone service providers to separate the lines of domestic violence survivors from their abusers no later than 2 business days after a request has been made. Companion legislation passed the Senate in March.