Date: Sep 07, 2010
Coalition of Concerned Utilities Seeks Reconsideration of FCC Pole Attachment Order
On September 2, 2010, Keller and Heckman's client, the Coalition of Concerned Utilities (Allegheny Power, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Dayton Power and Light Co., First Energy Corp., National Grid, NSTAR, PPL Electric Utilities, South Dakota Electric Utilities and Wisconsin Public Service Company), filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC's May 2010 pole attachment Order. In the petition, the Coalition requested that the FCC reconsider its Order and clarify its final rules as follows: (i) apply the nondiscrimination requirement only to the extent that a pole owner allows itself or others to use boxing, bracketing and other attachment techniques for communications wires in the communications space; (ii) permit a pole owner to impose new boxing and extension arm requirements regardless of what it may have allowed in the past; and (iii) permit owners of jointly-owned poles (e.g. an ILEC and electric utility) to limit the extent to which boxing, bracketing and other attachment techniques are permitted on their jointly-owned poles.
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