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Communications Attacher Efforts Lead to Laws Governing Pole Owning Electric Cooperatives and Municipalities

Posted in Broadband Deployment, Infrastructure (Poles, Conduit and Rights of Way), Pole Attachments, State Activities

At this time of year when state legislative sessions have ended or are coming to a close, there are usually one or two bills making their way to governors for signature that, in some form or another, regulate pole owning electric cooperatives and/or municipalities for pole attachment purposes. As a general matter, electric cooperatives and… Continue Reading

Disputes Over MDU Access Persist

Posted in Broadband Deployment, MDU Access

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… Continue Reading

Regional Transmission Organizations Can Be a Bellwether for Wireless Attachers on Transmission Towers

Posted in Broadband Deployment, Pole Attachments, Wireless

 Throughout the nation, wireless carriers attach their facilities to electric transmission towers, despite the fact that they do not have statutory rights to do so. The rights of wireless carriers to attach to electric facilities generally stems from the federal Pole Attachment Act, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“the Act”), codified at… Continue Reading

Federal Funding Available for Building Broadband Networks for Health Care

Posted in Broadband Deployment, Fiber Networks

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… Continue Reading

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s April 2011 Pole Attachment Order

Posted in Broadband Deployment, Pole Attachments

In a significant victory for cable and telecommunications providers, today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a unanimous opinion, upheld the FCC’s April 2011 decision (2011 Pole Order) lowering telecommunications pole attachment rates to more closely align with rates paid by cable television attachers on poles subject to FCC… Continue Reading

FCC Seeks Comment On Latest VPAAC Report On Video Description and Emergency Information

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

Earlier this month, the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee (VPAAC) released its Reports on Video Description, Access to Emergency Information, and User Interfaces, Video Programming Guides and Menus.  These reports respectively summarize the VPAAC’s investigation and recommendations regarding these topics. This week, the FCC announced that it is seeking the public’s general reactions to these reports.  With respect to… Continue Reading

Comment Dates Set for FCC’s Proceeding to Improve the Video Relay Service Program

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

By Maria Browne Last week, the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding to  consider proposed improvements to the structure and efficiency of the video relay service (“VRS”) program was published in the Federal Register, thus setting the deadline for initial comments by March 2, 2012, and replies  by March 19, 2012. VRS allows persons with hearing or speech… Continue Reading

FCC Releases Final Rules on Closed Captioning for IP-Delivered Video Programming

Posted in Accessibility (Persons with Disabilities)

UPDATE: Our DWT Advisory on the IP Closed Captioning Report and Order is now available here. This afternoon, the FCC released its long-anticipated Report and Order that sets forth the Commission’s new closed captioning rules for IP-delivered video programming, pursuant to the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). As we explained when the rules… Continue Reading