Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 14

Date: Apr 04, 2011

FCC Regulation of ILEC Attachments Coming Thursday?

Reporting on a draft Order in the Pole Attachment proceeding, trade publication Communications Daily stated Friday that the FCC is considering whether to regulate attachments by ILECs to electric utility poles, a move that could cost utilities hundreds of millions of dollars per year and upset decades-old joint use agreements. Communications Daily articles on this topic are available from Friday as well as from today (reprinted with permission of Warren Publishing). Keller and Heckman LLP attorney Tom Magee will conduct a complimentary one-hour conference call from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8 to analyze the FCC's April 7 decision with Coalition of Concerned Utilities members and other clients and friends who are not already represented by outside counsel in this proceeding. 

New FCC Rule Permits Transfer of Aircraft Communications Licenses

A final rule adopted by the FCC last week will mean a significant change for aircraft station licenses. Previously, these licenses had been ineligible for transfer or assignment. The FCC's new rule modifies this regulation, adding these station licenses to the list of license types that are eligible to be assigned or transferred. The rule will become effective on May 31, 2011; the full text of the new rule can be found here. For more information, contact K&H associate Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com, 202.434.4296).

Departments of Defense, Transportation Criticize LightSquared Working Group Process

On March 25, the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expressing concerns with the Commission's working group process in the LightSquared proceeding. LightSquared was authorized to provide a terrestrial wireless broadband service on spectrum initially allocated for mobile satellite service (MSS). GPS utilizes spectrum adjacent to this MSS spectrum. The working group was established to address the potential of LightSquared's proposed terrestrial operations to interfere with GPS communications. The letter to Chairman Genachowski expressed DoD's and DoT's concern that they were "not sufficiently included" in the process and urged "that a comprehensive study of all the potential interference to GPS is needed."

K&H/NRTC Narrowbanding Webinar

On Tuesday, April 12, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern, Greg Kunkle of Keller and Heckman LLP will be joining his client, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative ("NRTC"), to present a Webinar on the FCC's upcoming Narrowbanding requirements. The Webinar will outline regulatory requirements, timelines and other considerations necessary for compliance with the new rules. To register, click here.

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