Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VII Issue 37

Date: Sep 20, 2010

FCC to Hold Pole Attachment Workshop
The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau will hold a workshop on Tuesday, September 28, to examine the experiences of state PSCs with pole attachment regulation. K&H plans to attend on behalf of the Coalition of Concerned Utilities, which has opposed many of the Commission's proposals in this proceeding. The FCC also announced that Comments on Petitions for Reconsideration of its Pole Attachment Order (including one by the Coalition) are due October 4, the same date for Reply Comments concerning the proposed rules (See Vol. VII, Issue 35). Please contact Tom Magee (202.434.4128; magee@khlaw.com).

FCC Seeks Comments in Open Internet Proceeding The FCC is seeking comments in its Open Internet rulemaking proceeding. Comments are due by October 12, and reply comments by November 4. As previously reported (See Vol. VII, Issue 35), the FCC seeks comment on (1) "specialized services," which generally rely on IP technology and the Internet backbone for transport, but are not generally accessible and only available upon additional payment, and (2) whether wireless broadband should be excluded from net neutrality obligations. Next FCC Open Meeting to Address Use of TV "White Space" The FCC will hold its next Open Meeting this Thursday, September 23. Among other things, the FCC is expected to vote on a Second Memorandum Opinion and Order to make unused "white space" in the TV bands available for unlicensed broadband wireless devices, or "super Wi-Fi," while protecting incumbent services from interference. The measure is expected to allow for a variety of uses, such as broadband access in rural areas, smart electric grids, and remote health monitoring. New FCC Financial System The FCC will shut down its current financial system on September 30 and implement a new one in October 2010. During the conversion period, which is expected to continue until October 18, the FCC's licensing systems will not have full access to up-to-date payment information or current Red Light Display System statuses. In addition, the FCC will not process refunds or vendor payments during the conversion period. Due to potential delays in processing filings, the FCC encourages applicants to submit applications before commencement or after completion of the conversion.

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