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

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

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

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.
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.   
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
Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF with the following information in the following order:

·         Summary sheet. Here is the summary sheet;      


·         A research plan that describes each task in sufficient detail to allow the review panel to make an informed assessment of the likelihood of the proposer’s success. The plan must include:


o   An introduction that provides a concise overview of the proposer’s understanding of the topic and the issues presented, the proposed team’s experience and qualifications relevant to the topic, and the team’s proposed approach to conducting the research and preparing the report;


o   A brief outline of the proposed contents of the report;


o   Detailed information on the proposed research methodology for each task in sufficient detail to permit evaluation of achieving the objective(s);


o   Statement of resources (e.g., hours per person per task) allocated to this project, and timelines for each task;


·         Resumes of key team members along with a description of responsibilities;
·         Any additions, deletions, or changes you may wish to suggest to the scope of work for undertaking the work; and
·         A list of relevant prior publications (one or two samples may be enclosed);
Proposers will be evaluated by individuals collectively knowledgeable in this problem area. Evaluations are based upon the proposers’: (1) knowledge, experience, and accomplishments in the subject area (demonstrated by the research plan, statement of resources, qualifications and resumes; (2) understanding of the work (demonstrated by the team’s proposed approach to conducting the research and preparing the report); (3) prior relevant publications (including briefs); and (4) schedule for completing the work.

A. Proposers should read Guidance for Working on ACRP Legal Studies Projects for more information.

B. Copyrights - All data, written materials, computer software, graphic and photographic images, and other information prepared under the contract and the copyrights therein shall be owned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The contractor and subcontractors will be able to publish this material for non-commercial purposes, for internal use, or to further academic research or studies with permission from TRB Cooperative Research Programs. The contractor and subcontractors will not be allowed to sell the project material without prior approval by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. By signing a contract with the National Academy of Sciences, contractors accept legal responsibility for any copyright infringement that may exist in work done for TRB. Contractors are therefore responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for use of copyrighted material in TRB’s Cooperative Research Programs publications. For guidance on TRB’s policies on using copyrighted material please consult Section 5.4, “Use of Copyrighted Material,” in the Procedural Manual for Contractors.
STATUS: A Contractor has been selected, Del Ray Solutions.

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