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The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) provides outreach to state and local governments, as well as other federal regulatory agencies, for the purpose of fostering an understanding of FCC programs, policies, rules and decisions. We attend and participate in conferences, seminars and industry meetings to further our mission. IGA is responsible for overseeing the work and activities of the commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and various ad hoc special projects.
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State, Local Governments Can Challenge Eligibility Determinations for Mobile Wireless Buildout Funding
Background: Last year, the FCC adopted rules governing a Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction to award universal service support for mobile wireless carriers. The Commission established a budget of $4.53 billion over ten years to provide ongoing support for the provision of service in areas that, absent subsidies, lack adequate mobile voice and broadband coverage. Geographic areas lacking unsubsidized, qualified 4G LTE service have been initially deemed "eligible areas" for MF-II support; those with such service have been deemed initially "ineligible." On February 27, the FCC released a map showing areas across the United States presumed eligible to receive support for the deployment of 4G LTE service. This map was based on the coverage maps provided by the service providers, but if state or local government officials believe the map is incorrect, they now have an opportunity to provide input to help correct the map. The process for submission of evidence to correct the map is called the "challenge process." The Commission announced the procedures for the challenge process in which governmental entities and other interested parties will have an opportunity to challenge an initial determination that an area is ineligible for MF-II support.
The window for submitting a challenge is scheduled to open on March 29, 2018, and to remain open until August 27, 2018. A link to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) challenge process portal is at www.fcc.gov/mobility-fund-phase-2.
- Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) will make available up to $4.53 billion in support over 10 years to primarily rural areas that lack unsubsidized 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. MF-II is critically important to supporting mobile voice and broadband coverage, incentivizing the deployment of mobile wireless service through a reverse auction, and ensuring that 4G LTE service is preserved and advanced in those areas of the country that lack unsubsidized service.
- State and local officials who believe that particular locations currently lack LTE service can examine whether those locations are included in the map of eligible areas and challenge the initial determination, if the map shows that they are currently deemed ineligible.
- Beginning on March 22, 2018, any party that submits contact information to the portal access request form (at www.fcc.gov/MF2-Challenge-Portal/form) and obtains login credentials will be able to test its credentials by logging in to the portal. All parties interested in participating in the challenge process must fill out the Portal Access Request Form in order to receive access the USAC challenge process portal once the portal is live.
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Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Emergency Alerting Webinar on July 25
July 25, 2018 Public Notice
Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts Webinar for State and Local Government Officials
Thursday, June 21, 2018
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An Introduction to the Mobility Fund II Challenge Process for State, Local and Tribal Governments
Wednesday, May 3, 2018
Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State and Local Government
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Infrastructure Deployment Webinar for State & Local Governments
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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