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ACRP 11-01/Topic 13-01 [Completed]

Legal Considerations for Telecommunications at Airports
[ ACRP 11-01 (Legal Aspects of Airport Programs) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $75,000
Research Agency: Del Ray Solutions
Principal Investigator: Sean Cusson
Effective Date: 4/7/2020
Completion Date: 11/7/2020

BACKGROUND
 
Airports face a multitude of issues related to telecommunications, an area that requires airports to have a depth of knowledge of the subject and the relevant regulatory requirements. These areas include cell phone towers, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), fiber (for airport use, tenant use and just passing through airport property), and implementation of both 5G and telephone systems. Research is needed because this area is not only ever changing but it is also growing, especially with the implementation of 5G. Most, if not all, airports, will face these issues and will benefit from guidance on how to approach these issues and the legal framework to assure compliance with federal regulatory requirements.
 
OBJECTIVE
 
The objective of this research is to produce a legal digest that examines the federal regulatory requirements and best practices for the various areas of telecommunications at airports, important emerging trends, and current issues. This should include, without limitation, regulations implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   The digest also should include alternative approaches on interactions with various telecommunications companies and the various types of business deals and legal provisions, the interplay with state and local ordinances, and a summary of relevant resources.   
 
RESEARCH IMPLEMENTATION
 
This research will be conducted in two phases and four tasks in a firm fixed price agreement. At the conclusion of Phase I, ACRP will make a determination whether to proceed with Phase II. The tasks will be as follows:
 
Phase I
 
Task 1a. Kick-off call. Participate in a call with the panel to discuss the scope of work.
 
Task 1b. Conduct background research and collect relevant material. Based on the initial but complete review of the source materials, propose a detailed report outline. The outline should contain sufficient detail to describe what a report of appropriate length will contain. This outline should also contain the estimated pagination for each proposed section and/or subsection. This material will be submitted for ACRP consideration and approval. Participate in a conference call with the ACRP project review panel 3 weeks after submission of the outline.
 
Phase II
 
Task 2. After ACRP approval of the detailed outline, conduct additional research, and case and statutory/regulatory analysis. Collect additional primary data to the extent necessary.
 
Task 3. Submit an initial draft report in accordance with the approved outline (including any modification required by ACRP). Participate in a conference call with the ACRP project review panel 3 weeks after submission of the initial draft report.
 
Task 4. Revise the initial report as necessary and provide a red-line and clean version of the draft final report (DFR). The ACRP will provide written comments to which each comment will need a point-by-point response and the report will be revised as appropriate, and submitted as the final report.
 
FUNDING  $75,000
            25% paid upon submission and approval of the Task 1b outline
            50% paid upon submission and approval of the Task 3 report
            25% paid upon submission and approval of the Task 4 final report
 
STATUS: The research has been completed; final editing is underway.

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