FCC Proposes to Make 150 MHz of Spectrum Available for Shared Broadband Through Use of Dynamic Spectrum Access and Sharing Systems
Posted 8 hours ago

Yesterday’s FCC decision to make 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band available…

FCC’s Spectrum Sharing Proposals Expect to Support Further Deployment of Carrier-Grade Small Cell and Fixed Wireless Broadband Networks
Funds for Broadband Deployments in Rural Areas May Be Available to Competitors Under FCC CAF Phase II Order
Posted 1 day ago

Competitive broadband providers, including cable operators, CLECs and wireless ISPs, will be permitted to seek…

Funds for Broadband Deployments in Rural Areas May Be Available to Competitors Under FCC CAF Phase II Order
Louisiana PSC Issues Proposed Rules in Multi-Year Pole Attachment Rulemaking
Posted 8 days ago

On April 9, staff of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“Commission”) sent stakeholders involved in…

Louisiana PSC Issues Proposed Rules in Multi-Year Pole Attachment Rulemaking
FCC Seeks Comments On Pole Attachment Agreement Indemnity Clauses
Posted 15 days ago

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a public notice seeking comment on a Petition…

FCC Seeks Comments On Pole Attachment Agreement Indemnity Clauses
Telephone Pole Owners File Cost Data with FCC
Posted 17 days ago

April 1 was the deadline for telephone companies to file annual Automated Reporting Management Information System ("ARMIS")…

Telephone Pole Owners File Cost Data with FCC
Florida Power & Light Questions Public Benefit of Lower Pole Attachment Rates for ILECs
Posted 17 days ago

Last week, apparently in response to a complaint filed earlier this year by Verizon, Florida…

Florida Power & Light Questions Public Benefit of Lower Pole Attachment Rates for ILECs
Nearly 1,000 Entities File “Expressions of Interest” in FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment Proceeding
Posted 43 days ago

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) planned rural broadband experiments have garnered enormous interest from a…

Nearly 1,000 Entities File “Expressions of Interest” in FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment Proceeding
Missouri Prohibits Municipal Pole Owners From Exceeding FCC Cable Pole Attachment Rate Formula
Posted 35 days ago

On March 20, 2014, Governor Jay Nixon signed into law SB 653.  The law requires…

Missouri Prohibits Municipal Pole Owners From Exceeding FCC Cable Pole Attachment Rate Formula
Missouri Governor Revives Cell Tower Legislation
Posted 29 days ago

On March 20, 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law SB 650, which is…

Missouri Governor Revives Cell Tower Legislation
Wi-Fi Deployment to Accelerate after FCC Allocates 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum
Posted 23 days ago

As we reported in our recent DWT Alert, cable operators and other Wi-Fi service providers…

Wi-Fi Deployment to Accelerate after FCC Allocates 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum
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Pole Attachments

Louisiana

Louisiana PSC Issues Proposed Rules in Multi-Year Pole Attachment Rulemaking

On April 9, staff of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“Commission”) sent stakeholders involved in a pole attachment rulemaking a draft set of proposed pole attachment rules.  The proposed rules are the result of a multi-year, on-again, off-again rulemaking, which originally commenced in 2008.  The rules apply to “any entity that has an attachment on a utility pole to provide a utility, governmental or communications service,” including electric utility attachments ...Continue Reading

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FCC Seeks Comments On Pole Attachment Agreement Indemnity Clauses

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a public notice seeking comment on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling that was filed by Mediacom Communications Corporation (“Mediacom”) on February 19, 2014.  Mediacom is requesting the FCC “issue a declaratory ruling clarifying that an indemnification clause in a pole attachment agreement between a cable operator attacher and [a] pole owner, to the extent the clause imposes asymmetric and non-reciprocal indemnification liability for ...Continue Reading

Wireless

Wireless

Wi-Fi Deployment to Accelerate after FCC Allocates 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum

As we reported in our recent DWT Alert, cable operators and other Wi-Fi service providers are likely to deploy additional broadband network facilities following yesterday’s FCC action to adopt an order setting aside an additional 100 MHz of unlicensed spectrum for Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices operating in the 5150-5250 MHz portion of the 5 GHz U-NII-1 band.  This decision is likely to have a significant impact on the ...Continue Reading

Missouri

Missouri Governor Revives Cell Tower Legislation

On March 20, 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed into law SB 650, which is designed to expand broadband and wireless service throughout the state by limiting the ability of local authorities to place certain requirements or restrictions on wireless facility siting applications.  Most of the new bill’s provisions, along with three other bills relating to  telecommunications (SB 649, SB 651 and SB 653) passed on the same day, were ...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 An IRU Really An IRU?

Everyone talks about indefeasible rights of use, or IRUs, as if they are unique or special.  Reams of FCC and state regulatory orders have been written on them as have fiber agreements, both large and small.  Those statements, however, usually take IRUs for granted.  In other words, they assume  that everyone knows what it is and go from there. There was a time when IRUs (along with MIUs or minimum investment ...Continue Reading

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Federal Funding Available for Building Broadband Networks for Health Care

Many healthcare providers (HCPs) do not have access to broadband facilities that are capable of supporting bandwidth-hungry telemedicine applications – either because it is simply unavailable or too expensive. Congress recognized this problem when it created the Health Care Support component of the Universal Service Fund. In December 2012, the FCC changed the program to make it more useful to HCPs seeking to expand their telemedicine offerings. Specifically, the FCC ...Continue Reading

State Activities

Louisiana

Louisiana PSC Issues Proposed Rules in Multi-Year Pole Attachment Rulemaking

On April 9, staff of the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“Commission”) sent stakeholders involved in a pole attachment rulemaking a draft set of proposed pole attachment rules.  The proposed rules are the result of a multi-year, on-again, off-again rulemaking, which originally commenced in 2008.  The rules apply to “any entity that has an attachment on a utility pole to provide a utility, governmental or communications service,” including electric utility attachments ...Continue Reading