Telecom Business Alert 2004

Date: Dec 31, 2004

Keller and Heckman LLP's Telecom Business Alert is a complimentary weekly electronic update created by the Telecommunications and the Business Counseling and Transactional practice groups of Keller and Heckman LLP. It focuses on regulatory developments at the Federal Communications Commission and commercial issues impacting the telecommunications industry.

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Issue #51 January 5, 2004 (PDF)
First-Ever Forfeiture For Violation Of RF Radiation Limits
Comment Date Extended For Unlicensed Devices Inquiry
Ownership Status of Stock When Pledged as Security

Issue #52 January 12, 2004 (PDF)
Increased Commission Activity on 220 MHz Licenses
FCC Imposes $5 Million Forfeiture For Junk Faxes
FCC Open Agenda Meeting
Technological Advisory Council Meeting

Issue #53 January 19, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Auction 53: Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service
Petition for Reconsideration of 2.1 GHz Orders
U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Municipal Authority Case
U.S. Supreme Court Limits Telecommunications Antitrust Suits

Issue #54 January 26, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Examines "Interference Temperature"
FCC Proceeding Addresses Satellite Earth Stations on Board Vessels
Additional Unlicensed Devices in 5 GHz Band
FCC to Commence VoIP Proceeding

Issue #55 February 2, 2004 (PDF)
800 MHz Press Conference
Spectrum Leasing to Begin February 2, 2004
FCC's Telemarketer Caller ID Rules Take Effect
Pole Attachment "Bill of Rights"

Issue #56 February 9, 2004 (PDF)
Congressional Hearings on Voice Over IP
FCC Open Agenda Meeting
FCC Takes Steps to Implement National Environmental Policy Act Action Plan
Keller and Heckman LLP at IWCE 2004

Issue #57 February 16, 2004 (PDF)
Special VoIP Edition FCC Begins to Set Voice Over Internet Protocol Policies

Issue #58 February 23, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Proposes Rule Changes to Facilitate Access to Broadband Over Power Lines
Tenth Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Do-Not-Call Registry
FCC Implements Final Phase of Private Land Mobile Radio Spectrum Audit
New Requirements For Quiet Zone Applications

Issue #59 March 1, 2004 (PDF)
Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service Provides Recommendations to FCC
Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting
Keller and Heckman LLP at Industry Events

Issue #60 March 8, 2004 (PDF)
D.C. Circuit Court Issues Decision on FCC's Triennial Review Order

Issue #61 March 15, 2004 (PDF)
Lack of Narrowband Voice Equipment Leads to 220 MHz Extension Requests
Deployment of Advanced Services
FCC and FTC Take Measures to Control Spam and Abusive Telemarketing Practices
Update on 800 MHZ Proceeding

Issue #62 March 22, 2004 (PDF)
Comment Deadlines Set in Broadband Over Power Lines Proceeding
Cancellation of Private Land Mobile Radio Licenses

Issue #63 March 29, 2004 (PDF)
U.S. Supreme Court Concludes That States Can Block Municipal Telecom Services
FCC Releases VoIP Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Issue #64 April 5, 2004 (PDF)
Ninth Circuit Upholds Cable Modem Decision
Comment Dates Set in Proceeding Relating to CAN SPAM Act and Mobile Phones
FCC Issues Monetary Forfeitures for Unauthorized Private Land Mobile Radio Operation

Issue #65 April 12, 2004 (PDF)
Keller and Heckman LLP Works with NRECA on Pole Attachment Toolkit
FCC Open Meeting: More Spectrum For Unlicensed Wireless
800 MHz Update
Comment Dates Set For Notice of Inquiry on Broadband

Issue #66 April 19, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Rulemaking Proceeding Focuses on Wireless Broadband
Court of Appeals Stays Decision in Brand X Internet Services
FCC Decision on AT&T VoIP Petition Expected Shortly
FCC Extends 460-470 MHz Band High Power Licensing Freeze

Issue #67 April 19, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Declares AT&T's VoIP Service a Telecommunications Service Subject to Access Charges
A Window For CLECs to Renegotiate Interconnection Agreements
FCC and NextWave Reach Agreement Regarding PCS Licenses
Keller and Heckman LLP at Industry Events

Issue #68 May 3, 2004 (PDF)
CTIA Urges FCC to Adopt Compromise Proposal For 800 MHz
NTIA Files Report with FCC on Broadband Over Power Lines
NRECA Pole Attachment Toolkit Now Available
Presentations by Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Now Available

Issue #69 May 10, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Launches Related Wireless Broadband Initiatives
Comments On BPL NPRM Confirm Disparate Views
800 MHz Not on FCC's Next Agenda
Keller and Heckman LLP at United Telecom Council's Annual Conference

Issue #70 May 17, 2004 (PDF)
Wireless Broadband Proposed For Unused TV Spectrum
2004 Biennial Regulatory Review
Latest Trends in Telephone Service Released

Issue #71 May 24, 2004 (PDF)
800 MHz: Pressure Builds As Decision Nears
Nationwide Wireless Local Number Portability Begins Today
Intercarrier Compensation
Sarbanes-Oxley Raises Important Issues for IT Managers

Issue #72 June 1, 2004 (PDF)
Forecasts For FCC Action
FCC Revises Rules For RFID Systems

Issue #73 June 7, 2004 (PDF)
Electric Utility Easements
Keller and Heckman LLP Utility Telecom Briefing
FCC Chairman Discusses Wireless Broadband Issues
Experiencing Interference at 800 MHz?

Issue #74 June 14, 2004 (PDF)
Department of Justice Will Not Appeal DC Circuit's USTA II Decision
USTA II Underscores Importance of Facilities-Based Local Competition
FCC Further Extends 460-470 MHz Band High Power Licensing Freeze
Keller and Heckman LLP at Industry Events

Issue #75 June 21, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Moving to Adopt New Local Telephone Competition Rules
FTC Questions Effectiveness of a National "Do Not Email" Registry
Debate Over Special Access Metrics and Standards Heats Up
We Would Like to Hear From You

Issue #76 June 29, 2004 (PDF)
Our Best Guess on 800 MHz
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct 800 MHz Web Seminar

Issue #77 July 6, 2004 (PDF)
FCC to Rule on 800 MHz Public Safety Interference
FCC to Move Forward with New Local Competition Rules
FCC Clarifies Scope of Authority Over Use of Unlicensed Broadband Systems
FCC Amends Schedules of Application and Regulatory Fees

Issue #78 July 12, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Adopts Plan To Resolve 800 MHz Interference
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct 800 MHz Web Conference- Sign Up Today!
FCC Adopts Several Items Pertaining to Rural Areas

Issue #79 July 19, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Seeks Comment on Eligible Telecommunications Carrier Designation Process
FCC Adopts All-or-Nothing Rule For Interconnection Agreements
Agreement Reached Regarding 460-470 MHz Band High Power Licensing Freeze
New Application Fees Effective August 10, 2004

Issue #80 July 26, 2004 (PDF)
Junk Fax Bills Pass House and Senate Committee
Senate Committee Passes Voice Over Internet Protocol Bill
FCC Makes PLMR Spectrum Audit Information Available
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct 800 MHz Web Conference- Sign Up Today!

Issue #81 August 2, 2004 (PDF)
Keller and Heckman LLP Client Wins Retransmission Consent Fight
FCC Adopts Rules Restructuring the ITFS and MDS Bands at 2500-2690 MHz
FCC to Hold Open Agenda Meeting This Week
BPL Briefing In Your Office?

Issue #82 August 10, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Proposes to Require Broadband Providers to Comply with CALEA
Worker Safety on Communications Towers
Keller and Heckman LLP Client Wins Satellite Extension Battle
FCC Releases Text of 800 MHz Decision

Issue #83 August 16, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Releases Text of 800 MHz Band Decision: Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct Web Conference

Issue #84 August 23, 2004 (PDF)
FCC and FTC Take Actions to Implement CAN SPAM
Keller and Heckman LLP Secures Cancellation of Forfeiture
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct 800 MHz Web Conference

Issue #85 August 30, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Releases UNE Order
FCC To Appeal 9th Circuit's Brand X Decision
FCC License Audits
Broadband Over Power Line

Issue #86 September 7, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Releases Secondary Markets Order
FCC to Hold Open Meeting on September 9th
Keller and Heckman LLP Obtains Eligible Telecommunications Carrier Status For Client
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct 800 MHz Web Conference

Issue #87 September 7, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Allocates Spectrum For Advanced Wireless Services
FCC Revises Rules Pertaining to Unlicensed Radiofrequency Devices
GAO Report Focuses on First Responder Interoperable Communications
Last Chance to Sign Up For 800 MHz Web Conference!

Issue #88 September 20, 2004 (PDF)
FCC to Hold RFID Workshop
Freeze on Applications For 900 MHz Licenses
FCC Streamlines Review Process For Towers
Deadlines Set For Comments in UNE Rulemaking Proceeding

Issue #89 September 27, 2004 (PDF)
2.1 GHz Relocation Rules
Ten Principles for Negotiating Services Agreements
BPL: Pole Attachment, Antitrust and Access Issues
Keller and Heckman LLP Web Conferences

Issue #90 October 4, 2004 (PDF)
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Do-Not-Call List
FCC Extends Effective Date of Rule Governing Unsolicited Faxes
FCC Adopts Annual Report on Competition in the Wireless Industry
Upcoming FCC Events

Issue #91 October 4, 2004 (PDF)
FCC to Consider Much Anticipated BPL Order
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct BPL Web Conference
FCC Takes Action to Accommodate Advanced Wireless Services
Unaffiliated Wireless Carriers Want Conditions Imposed on Cingular/AT&T Wireless Merger

Issue #92 October 18, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Adopts BPL Order
Keller and Heckman LLP to Conduct BPL Web Conference
FCC Confirms RBOC Fiber-to-the-Curb Facilities Not Subject to Unbundling Obligations
FCC Takes Action to Accommodate Advanced Wireless Services

Issue #93 October 25, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Expected to Release BPL Order This Week
FCC to Address VoIP in Near Future
800 MHz Order Generates Response
Transactional Tip: Adding Contract Exhibits Without a Formal Amendment

Issue #94 November 1, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Releases BPL Order
Date Set For Keller and Heckman LLP BPL Web Conference
FCC Implements "Red Light Rule"
Automatic Identification System Carriage Requirements

Issue #95 November 8, 2004 (PDF)
800 MHz Update
Comment Dates Set in Advanced Wireless Services Proceeding
FCC Encourages Participation in Telecommunications Service Priority Program
Sign Up Today For Keller and Heckman LLP's BPL Web Conference

Issue #96 November 15, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Preempts State Regulation of VoIP Services
Two Telecommunications Matters in Lame Duck Session
FCC Enhances Public Safety Access to Broadband Technology
Sign Up Today For Keller and Heckman LLP's BPL Web Conference

Issue #97 November 22, 2004 (PDF)
Wi-Fi Technology: Who Controls Unlicensed Spectrum?
FCC Seeks Comments in Automatic Identification Systems Proceeding
Congress Bans Internet Access Tax; Adelstein Re-nominated as FCC Commissioner
Sign Up Today For Keller and Heckman LLP's BPL Web Conference

Issue #98 December 6, 2004 (PDF)
800 MHz Update
U.S. Supreme Court to Review 9th Circuit Cable Modem Decision
WiMAX: The Next Big Step in Wireless Broadband?
Pennsylvania Law Limits Municipalities From Building Out Wireless Networks

Issue #99 December 13, 2004 (PDF)
Congress Passes Key Legislation Affecting Universal Service Fund
FCC Open Meeting This Week
FCC Issues Forfeitures For Violations of RF Exposure Limits
Transactional Tip: Archival Copy of Confidential Information

Issue #100 December 20, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Deals with Ships, Planes, Wideband and LECs at Open Meeting
FCC Waives Rules Pertaining to License Assignment and Transfer of Control Applications

Issue #101 December 27, 2004 (PDF)
FCC Releases Narrowbanding Order
FCC Seeks Comment on State E911 Implementation for Multi-Line Telephone Systems
FTC and FCC Take Actions to Implement the CAN SPAM Act