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Table of Contents - April 3, 2020

FCC Moves Swiftly On CARES Act Funding For Telehealth Projects

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on March 30 proposed to his fellow Commissioners a draft order for distributing $200 million in telehealth project support that was part of the COVID-19 relief bill that President Trump signed into law March 27, in the wake of earlier Commission actions under its existing authority aimed at ensuring Americans can access the Internet while sheltering at home, including various waivers for participants in the E-rate, low-income, high-cost, and telehealth programs that are funded by the Universal Service Fund.

The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (HR 748) on March 25, and the House passed it just hours before President Trump signed it.

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FCC Delays 3.5 GHz Band Auction To Allow Additional Prep Time

The FCC has delayed the start of its 3.5 gigahertz band auction (Auction 105) by nearly a month to protect the safety of agency staff and provide parties additional time to prepare for the sale given the coronavirus pandemic.

The auction, which had been scheduled to commence on June 25, has been rescheduled for July 23. The agency also has announced that a sale (Auction 106) of FM construction permits, which had been scheduled for April 28, would be postponed indefinitely.

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