Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VII Issue 40

Date: Oct 12, 2010

Upcoming Construction Filing Deadline for Many Auctioned MAS Licenses

October 12, 2010 is the construction deadline for nearly 2,000 Multiple Address System (MAS) licenses acquired in 2005 as part of FCC Auction No. 59. Licensees that have constructed their systems by the deadline must file construction notifications with the FCC by October 27, 2010 (15 days after the construction deadline). The FCC's construction rules state that each MAS Economic Area licensee must provide service to at least one-fifth of the population in its service area or "substantial service" within five years of the license grant.

FCC to Conduct Usability Testing for New Consolidated Licensing System

The FCC will conduct initial usability test sessions for its proposed Consolidated Licensing System (CLS) this Thursday, October 14, to obtain input from the public. Keller and Heckman LLP's FCC Licensing Specialists will be attending. The FCC intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the near future seeking comment on potential features of the CLS and proposed changes to application forms. The FCC will hold additional public usability test sessions for the CLS as it is developed. For further information, contact K&H attorney Wes Wright (202.434.4296; wright@khlaw.com).

K&H in Upcoming EUCI Webinar on Wireless Smart Grid Applications

Keller and Heckman LLP attorneys Greg Kunkle and Wes Wright will conduct an Electronic Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) webinar on FCC Rules for Wireless Smart Grid Applications from 12 to 1:30 pm Eastern on November 4, 2010. The webinar will focus on the status of utility efforts to secure additional spectrum for smart grid applications. Highlights will include the pros and cons of the FCC's rules, licensing procedures that apply to spectrum options, avenues for accessing auctioned spectrum under the FCC's "secondary markets" policies, and transactional aspects of acquiring auctioned spectrum and securing turnkey wireless broadband networks. For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (202.434.4178; kunkle@khlaw.com). To register, click here.

FCC and FTC Privacy Initiatives

The FCC recently launched online privacy and security web pages, available at http://fcc.gov/consumers, which provide consumers and small businesses with information on online safety. Topics that will be featured on the site this month include Protecting Children in the Digital Age, Protecting Wi-Fi Networks, Tips for Safe Internet Browsing and Transactions, Tips for Infected Computers or Networks, Tips for Using the Internet Abroad, and Tips for Small Businesses. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz has indicated that the FTC's much anticipated online privacy report will be released in late October or early November of this year. The report is expected to address consumer choice and transparency, including the content of company privacy policies and how they should be implemented. The report will build on findings from the three FTC roundtables held in 2009 and 2010. For further information, contact K&H attorney Tracy Marshall (202.434.4234; marshall@khlaw.com).

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