Advisory: FCC Sets Dec. 15 Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Submissions
Posted 35 days ago

December 15 is now set as the deadline by which nearly all cable operators, telecommunications…

Advisory: FCC Sets Dec. 15 Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Submissions
Is Dark Fiber a Regulated Service?
Posted 37 days ago

It may come as a surprise to know that the FCC (and the courts) have…

Is Dark Fiber a Regulated Service?
California PUC to Hold Workshops in November to Discuss Wireless Pole Attachment Issues
Posted 43 days ago

As an update to our May 7 blog entry about the California Public Utilities Commission…

California PUC to Hold Workshops in November to Discuss Wireless Pole Attachment Issues
Massachusetts DTC Applies Pole Attachment Rate Formula to Municipal Lighting Plants
Posted 49 days ago

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (“DTC”) issued an Order holding that the…

Massachusetts DTC Applies Pole Attachment Rate Formula to Municipal Lighting Plants
Advisory: FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014
Posted 49 days ago

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2014…

Advisory: FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014
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Pole Attachments

California

California PUC to Hold Workshops in November to Discuss Wireless Pole Attachment Issues

As an update to our May 7 blog entry about the California Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”)’s rulemaking to consider if its existing rules for nondiscriminatory access to poles, conduits and rights-of-way should be amended to include Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) carriers (“Rulemaking”), the PUC recently announced that it will hold informational workshops on November 4 and 5 to discuss CMRS access issues.  Informational reports describing the size, type, load and ...Continue Reading

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Massachusetts DTC Applies Pole Attachment Rate Formula to Municipal Lighting Plants

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable (“DTC”) issued an Order holding that the pole attachment rate formula adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy (“DTE”) in 1998 (the “Massachusetts Formula”) and used by investor-owned utilities (“IOUs”) also applies to municipally-owned electric utilities in Massachusetts, which are known in the Commonwealth as municipal lighting plants (“MLPs”).   The Order establishes that all MLPs in Massachusetts (there are approximately ...Continue Reading

Wireless

California

California PUC to Hold Workshops in November to Discuss Wireless Pole Attachment Issues

As an update to our May 7 blog entry about the California Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”)’s rulemaking to consider if its existing rules for nondiscriminatory access to poles, conduits and rights-of-way should be amended to include Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) carriers (“Rulemaking”), the PUC recently announced that it will hold informational workshops on November 4 and 5 to discuss CMRS access issues.  Informational reports describing the size, type, load and ...Continue Reading

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Areas Eligible for Rural Broadband Experiments Funding Announced

On July 25, the FCC released the list of eligible areas for its $100 Million Rural Broadband Experiments program, the details of which are summarized in our recent Advisory. The list includes the following key information: the state and county of each census block, along with its tract and block identification numbers; the number of locations in the census block, including locations served by rate-of-return carriers and price cap carriers; the number of price ...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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Is Dark Fiber a Regulated Service?

It may come as a surprise to know that the FCC (and the courts) have determined that dark fiber can be a regulated service. The FCC has found that leasing dark fiber is “wire communications” subject to its jurisdiction under Title II of the Communications Act because it “permits the transmission of information” and because “the provider of dark fiber still owns, maintains, and repairs the fiber and merely leases it ...Continue Reading

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Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).  Windstream received a private letter ruling from the IRS confirming the tax-free nature of the spin-off and the qualification of the network assets as real property for REIT purposes.  The transaction will reportedly save about $100 million per year in income taxes ...Continue Reading

State Activities

California

California PUC to Hold Workshops in November to Discuss Wireless Pole Attachment Issues

As an update to our May 7 blog entry about the California Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”)’s rulemaking to consider if its existing rules for nondiscriminatory access to poles, conduits and rights-of-way should be amended to include Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”) carriers (“Rulemaking”), the PUC recently announced that it will hold informational workshops on November 4 and 5 to discuss CMRS access issues.  Informational reports describing the size, type, load and ...Continue Reading