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Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 19

Date: May 09, 2011

Reconsideration/Effective Date of FCC Pole Attachment Order June 8

The Federal Register today published the Commission's April 7 Pole Attachment Order [click here for a copy], making June 8, 2011 the effective date for the new regulations, with the exception of those pertaining to make-ready deadlines, hiring of contractors and ILEC complaints, to become effective following OMB review. The filing date for Petitions for Reconsideration of all aspects of the Order is June 8, 2011. Keller and Heckman LLP is assembling a Coalition of investor-owned utilities to fight this Order by filing a Petition for Reconsideration. If you are interested in learning more about this Coalition, please contact Tom Magee (magee@khlaw.com; 202-434-4128).

Commission Seeks Comment on PTC Spectrum Needs

A Public Notice released by the FCC on Friday seeks comment on spectrum needs for positive train control ("PTC") projects. The Rail Safety Improvement Act mandates PTC on most major track lines by the end of 2015, and the Commissions wants feedback from stakeholders regarding the amount and type of frequency needed to properly implement PTC, as well as suggestions for facilitating the acquisition of said spectrum. Comments are due June 20. For the Public Notice, click here.

Keller and Heckman LLP at UTC TELECOM 2011

Keller and Heckman LLP attorneys Tom Magee and Greg Kunkle will attend UTC TELECOM 2011 in Long Beach, CA, May 10-13. Tom will participate on a panel entitled "Pole Attachments Regulatory Update Workshop – Avoid A Rude Awakening!" on May 13 at 9:45 AM. Please contact Tom (202.434.4128; magee@khlaw.com) or Greg (202.434.4178; kunkle@khlaw.com) if you have any questions, or stop by Keller and Heckman LLP booth #322.

Keller and Heckman to Host Privacy and Data Security Webinar Series

Join Keller and Heckman LLP attorneys for a six-part webinar series, "The Privacy Playbook: A Practical Guide for Businesses," beginning on May 19. The webinars will focus on the privacy legal landscape, building privacy into advertising and marketing, employment considerations, protecting data and managing breaches, privacy enforcement and lawsuits, and issues surrounding implementation of the smart grid and other technologies. For more information or to register, click here.

K&H Video Minute: Going Beyond Telecom Law With the K&H Team

This week, Keller and Heckman LLP is proud to introduce our newest publication: the Beyond Telecom Law blog! Beyond Telecom Law will feature news, opinions, and analysis on the world of telecommunications from experienced K&H attorneys. In this week's Video Minute, we invite you to meet our team - attorneys Doug Jarrett, Tracy Marshall, and Douglas Behr – and find out a little more about what to expect from the writers who will take you Beyond Telecom Law. For this week's Video Minute, click here: http://www.khlaw.com/shownews.aspx?Show=4473

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