Are REITs an Answer for Communications Companies?
Posted 21 days ago

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed…

Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?
Areas Eligible for Rural Broadband Experiments Funding Announced
Posted 32 days ago

On July 25, the FCC released the list of eligible areas for its $100 Million…

Areas Eligible for Rural Broadband Experiments Funding Announced
DWT Advisory: Driving Down the Cost of Health Care Through Next Generation Networks
Posted 3 days ago

Current and future health care delivery models are quickly outgrowing legacy communications architectures, which lack…

DWT Advisory: Driving Down the Cost of Health Care Through Next Generation Networks
DWT Advisory: FCC Establishes Application Procedures for Rural Broadband Experiments – Application Deadline Set for Oct. 14
Posted 4 days ago

On August 19, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice establishing the process for applying…

DWT Advisory: FCC Establishes Application Procedures for Rural Broadband Experiments – Application Deadline Set for Oct. 14
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Advances Broadband Deployment by Adopting Comprehensive Set of Pole Attachment Rules, Modeled on Federal Rules
Posted 29 days ago

On July 30, 2014, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) issued its Finding and…

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Advances Broadband Deployment by Adopting Comprehensive Set of Pole Attachment Rules, Modeled on Federal Rules
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Pole Attachments

Ohio

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Advances Broadband Deployment by Adopting Comprehensive Set of Pole Attachment Rules, Modeled on Federal Rules

On July 30, 2014, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) issued its Finding and Order, “In the Matter of the Adoption of Chapter 4901:1-3, Ohio Administrative Code, Concerning Access to Poles”, Ducts, Conduits, and Rights-of-Way by Public Utilities, pursuant to which PUCO adopted a comprehensive set of rules governing access to public utility poles, conduits and rights-of-way (“Ohio Pole Attachment Rules”). The Ohio Pole Attachment Rules generally harmonize with the ...Continue Reading

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

Wireless

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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

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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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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

Mailboxes

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

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