The FCC is seeking comment on a petition filed by the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) seeking a declaratory ruling to clarify that Broadband Data Collection filings may be certified by a qualified professional engineer that is not licensed. In the alternative, CCA seeks a limited waiver of the requirement that a certified professional engineer must verify submitted broadband maps for the BDC.
CCA reasons that the current radio frequency workforce generally does not pursue a PE license and thus there are not enough licensed PEs to ensure the submission of broadband maps at the pace required. CCA also argues that the FCC’s rules contemplate certification by qualified engineers who do not have PE licenses.
Comments on CCA’s petition are due 14 days after publication of the Public Notice in the Federal Register, which has not yet occurred, and reply comments are due 21 days after publication of the Public Notice in the Federal Register.