Date: Dec 22, 2009
With respect to pole attachments, the FCC stated that its National Broadband Plan will explore "reducing the costs of rights-of-way and pole attachments" and will consider new rules to "establish a uniform and fair rental rate for pole attachments," "lower make-ready costs and speed access to poles, ducts, conduits, and rights of way," and "create a streamlined dispute resolution mechanism for pole attachments." A member of the FCC's Broadband Task Force explained that make-ready costs can add approximately $4,000 per mile to the costs of deploying fiber optics and delays can last 4-6 months. The Commission also is considering recommending that Congress amend the Pole Attachment Act to establish a consistent national framework for all poles, ducts, and conduits. The Coalition of Concerned Utilities, through Keller and Heckman LLP, has expressed strong concerns with these proposals because they would be damaging to electric utility consumers and pole owners and would adversely impact the safe and efficient operation of electric utility distribution systems. For details or to join in the fight, please contact Tom Magee (202 434 4128; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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