Table of Contents - February 9, 2018

FCC Creates Office of Economics Over Democrats' Dissents, Eliminates Planning & Policy Office

Over the dissents of Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC's Republican majority voted on Jan. 30 to establish an Office of Economics and Analytics, with four divisions: economic analysis, industry analysis, auctions, and data.

In doing so, it eliminated the existing Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and will move the Wireline Competition Bureau's Industry Analysis Division and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's Auctions and Spectrum Access Division to become divisions in the new office.

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FCC Clears Way to Start CAF II Auction on July 24

The FCC has finalized rules for its upcoming reverse auction to distribute as much as $1.98 billion over 10 years in Connect America Fund Phase II support to bring voice and broadband to fixed locations in unserved areas, eased its rules so as to lower the cost of maintaining letters of credit, and addressed petitions for reconsideration on various issues.

The FCC set July 24 as the start-date for the CAF Phase II auction (Auction 903) and March 19 to March 30 as the window for filing short-form applications.

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