Washington's Temporary Universal Service Fund Takes Effect; Petitions for 2015 Support Due August 1
Posted 6 days ago

On July 1, the key provisions of Washington state's new temporary Universal Service Fund ("USF")…

Washington’s Temporary Universal Service Fund Takes Effect; Petitions for 2015 Support Due August 1
Leveraging Next Generation Networks To Change The Healthcare Model
Posted 7 days ago

Davis Wright Tremaine is conducting a series of webinars under the heading “Reinventing the Hospital.”…

Leveraging Next Generation Networks To Change The Healthcare Model
NTIA and the FCC Seeking Input on “Model City” to Explore Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technology
Posted 9 days ago

Building on recommendations in the National Broadband Plan to make more spectrum available for mobile…

NTIA and the FCC Seeking Input on “Model City” to Explore Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technology
FCC Allocates $100 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments –Agency Will Reward Providers That Can Deliver Broadband at Speeds up to 25 Mbps (up) / 5 Mbps (down)
Posted 9 days ago

On Friday, July 11, 2014 the FCC adopted an order implementing its planned “Rural Broadband…

FCC Allocates $100 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments –Agency Will Reward Providers That Can Deliver Broadband at Speeds up to 25 Mbps (up) / 5 Mbps (down)
FCC Turns Up the Heat (and the Risk of Overbuilds) With Start of Process to Disburse $9 Billion in Broadband Subsidies Under CAF Phase II
Posted 15 days ago

The dog days of summer are here, but this is no time for broadband providers…

FCC Turns Up the Heat (and the Risk of Overbuilds) With Start of Process to Disburse $9 Billion in Broadband Subsidies Under CAF Phase II
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Pole Attachments

North Carolina

North Carolina Court Orders Electric Cooperative Pole Owner to Apply FCC Cable Formula

On May 22, 2014, the General Court of Justice of Rutherford County, North Carolina issued an important Order and Opinion interpreting a state statute governing the maximum lawful pole attachment rates that North Carolina electric membership corporations (i.e., cooperatives) may charge and ultimately rejecting a cooperative’s proposed pole attachment rates, which ranged from $15.50 to $19.65 per pole -- an increase of 300% over the rates that had been in ...Continue Reading

Invoices

Attention Attachers: You May Be Leaving Money on the Pole

Broadband deployment is expensive.  But, as you build out or expand a network or capacity, deployment may be costing your company more than it should.  From pole attachment rental rates, to make-ready charges, inspection and audit fees, and unauthorized attachment penalties, pole owners have numerous opportunities to impose fees and charges that are not permitted or exceed permitted regulated levels.  And, all too often, companies pay pole owner invoices without ...Continue Reading

Wireless

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FCC Allocates $100 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments –Agency Will Reward Providers That Can Deliver Broadband at Speeds up to 25 Mbps (up) / 5 Mbps (down)

On Friday, July 11, 2014 the FCC adopted an order implementing its planned “Rural Broadband Experiments”—a test-case program for disbursing subsidies to competitive providers that can deploy broadband to unserved areas. Our prior advisory provides additional background for interested readers. The order has not yet been released by the FCC, but according to an agency fact sheet we expect the program will include a budget of $100 million for the entire ...Continue Reading

California

California PUC Opens Rulemaking to Cover Wireless Carriers Under Longstanding Pole Attachment and ROW Rules

On May 1, 2014, the California Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”)  opened a  Rulemaking to consider if its existing rules for nondiscriminatory access to utility poles, ducts, conduits, and rights-of-way should be amended to encompass Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) carriers.  The rulemaking was commenced  pursuant to a Petition filed by AT&T Mobility, claiming that because the benefits and protections of the PUC’s existing rules do not currently apply to wireless ...Continue Reading

MDU Access

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Disputes Over MDU Access Persist

You would be forgiven if you thought the status of exclusive agreements for exclusive broadband cable service to “multiple dwelling units” such as condominiums and planned communities (MDUs) was settled. In 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a ruling broadly declaring that such exclusivity agreements are “null and void,” and adopted a rule that prohibits the enforcement or execution of “any provision in a contract that grants to it ...Continue Reading

Fiber Networks

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Leveraging Next Generation Networks To Change The Healthcare Model

Davis Wright Tremaine is conducting a series of webinars under the heading “Reinventing the Hospital.”  The purpose of the series is to address “disruptive changes in healthcare” that “are transforming the way hospitals do business” by discussing “the latest developments” to show “where innovation is thriving” and to “offer a blueprint for where hospitals can succeed in the future of healthcare.” Jim Mormann, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of ...Continue Reading

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NTIA and the FCC Seeking Input on “Model City” to Explore Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technology

Building on recommendations in the National Broadband Plan to make more spectrum available for mobile broadband and the July 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (“PCAST Report”), the NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Office of Engineering and Technology issued a Joint Public Notice on July 11, 2012 seeking comment on the possibility of establishing a “Model City” for demonstrating and evaluating advanced ...Continue Reading

State Activities

Washington state

Washington’s Temporary Universal Service Fund Takes Effect; Petitions for 2015 Support Due August 1

On July 1, the key provisions of Washington state's new temporary Universal Service Fund ("USF") statute became effective.   Together with implementing rules recently enacted by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission ("WUTC"), the statute creates a temporary USF program aimed at supporting small incumbent local exchange carriers ("ILECs") and smaller wireless carriers.  The legislature's goals for the program include "support[ing] the legacy public telephone network of Washington's smaller incumbent communications ...Continue Reading