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Telecom Business Alert -- Vol VI Issue 45

Date: Nov 16, 2009

FCC Open Meeting This Wednesday

The FCC is scheduled to hold its next Open Meeting this Wednesday, November 18. Agenda items include: (1) a Petition for Declaratory Ruling relating to the establishment of timeframes for State and local zoning authorities to consider wireless facilities siting applications; and (2) a presentation on the FCC's processes for developing a National Broadband Plan (NBP) and major gaps in broadband in America.

FCC Seeks Comment on Issues Relating to National Broadband Plan

Last week, pursuant to the FCC's development of its NBP, the FCC released several Public Notices seeking comments on various issues relating to: broadband adoption; the use of broadband infrastructure and services in advancing community development and health care delivery; and universal service and intercarrier compensation policies and options to further the goal of making broadband universally available. The FCC is required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to develop the NBP by February 17, 2010. The Public Notices are available on the FCC website at http://www.fcc.gov/.

Discussion Draft of Universal Service Reform Act Introduced

Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, and Lee Terry (R-NE) have circulated a draft bill that would extend the Universal Service Fund to broadband and set a minimum speed of service to qualify. The bill, the Universal Service Reform Act of 2009, would require fund recipients to offer broadband at a download rate of 1.5 mbps within five years. Contributions would be based on revenues, phone numbers, or some combination. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for tomorrow.

K&H Attorneys at Industry Events

Tom Magee will provide the "Electric Utility Perspective" on pole attachment rate and access issues as part of the Heartland Group's Fall Conference Webinar this Wednesday November 18, 2009. For additional information, please contact Tom at 202-434-4128 or magee@khlaw.com.