Telecom Business Alert -- Vol VII Issue 1

Date: Jan 04, 2010

As the new year begins, Keller and Heckman LLP offers the following predictions for 2010:
"2010 will be the year the United States reestablishes its position as global leader in broadband applications." -Partner "If you want to get something through the FCC in 2010, call it broadband." -Partner "This is the year the Genachowski Commission will begin to place its stamp on telecommunications policy." -Doug Jarrett, Partner "Do not be surprised if the hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus money allocated by the Federal government to meet various regulatory initiatives leads to an uptick in various transactions." –Partner "Utility pole owners beware … the FCC's National Broadband Plan, due in February, may eventually lead to make-ready deadlines, outside make-ready contractors, pole top access, huge losses in attachment revenue, and additional attacher abuses." -Tom Magee, Partner "Faced with continuing spectrum shortages, private licensees will increasingly turn to purchasing spectrum through the secondary market to satisfy communications requirements." -Greg Kunkle, Senior Associate "There will likely be an increased focus on children's media use, advertising, and privacy." – Tracy Marshall, Senior Associate "Expect the Commission to resolve pending waivers filed by 13 public safety entities seeking to deploy broadband systems in the 10 MHz of spectrum currently licensed to PSST in the 700 MHz band. Other public safety groups will likely file similar waivers after these pending requests are resolved." -Wes Wright, Associate  To check out how accurate we were with our predictions for 2009, click here.

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