Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 26

Date: Jun 27, 2011

2.3 GHz Spectrum Sales Provide Acquisition Option

NextWave Wireless and AT&T recently have begun offering spectrum in the 2.3 GHz C and D blocks for sale for private internal use. 10MHz of spectrum is being offered covering 80% of the U.S. population, while 5 MHz is being offered in the Northeast, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The effort specifically targets utilities interested in acquiring spectrum for smart grid deployment. For more details and a coverage map, click here. Keller and Heckman LLP is often made aware of spectrum available for sale by license holders. If you would like more information on the 2.3 GHz band or other spectrum opportunities, please contact Greg Kunkle (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178).

LightSquared Responds to GPS Interference Concerns with New Plan for Operations

On June 20, LightSquared responded to growing concerns that its proposed terrestrial operations may cause significant interference to existing GPS systems by announcing a new plan for operations. LightSquared, which confirmed that its original plan had the potential for interference with GPS downlinks, intends to reduce power levels by 50% and to operate downlink frequencies on a block of spectrum in the 1526-1536 MHz band (a lower frequency range than originally proposed). LightSquared claims that the shift in spectrum will alleviate interference concerns for 99.5% of GPS users, although the company admitted that it would need to work cooperatively with the remaining users to establish technical safeguards for non-interfering operations. LightSquared intends to submit its final report on interference issues to the FCC sometime this week.

Comment Deadline Extended in Signal Booster Proceeding

As previously reported in the Telecom Alert, the Commission is seeking comments in response to its April 5th Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to facilitate the development and deployment of signal boosters. On Monday, the Commission extended the deadline for comments to July 25, 2011, with reply comments due August 24, 2011. The extension comes at the joint request of Wilson Electronics and Verizon Wireless, which filed for the extension in order to give the two companies time to formulate a joint proposal in the proceeding.

Zachary Katz Named Chief Counsel to FCC Chairman

Last week, the FCC announced that Zachary Katz would be appointed to the position of Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor for Chairman Genachowski. Mr. Katz fills the position recently vacated by Rick Kaplan, who became Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Mr. Katz was most recently Deputy Chief of the Commission's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

K&H Video Minute: Doug Jarrett, Greg Kunkle and David Reader on Spectrum Acquisition

Recently, Keller and Heckman attorneys Doug Jarrett, Greg Kunkle, and David Reader conducted an hour-long webinar entitled "Spectrum Availability for Next Generation Critical Infrastructure Communications." This week, they are back in our Video Minute to address some of the questions raised during the webinar. Click here for the Video Minute. For more information about viewing a replay of the webinar, contact Tara Busby (busby@khlaw.com).

Register Today for Our Upcoming Webinar on Protecting Data and Managing Data Breaches

Join Keller and Heckman LLP attorneys Sheila Millar and Tracy Marshall on Thursday, June 30, from 11 to 12:30 EST for a webinar on Best Practices for Protecting Data and Managing Data Breaches. The webinar will discuss recent data breaches, state data breach notification laws, pending federal legislation, and best practices for breach management and data security. This is the fourth of our six-part webinar series, "The Privacy Playbook: A Practical Guide for Businesses." Future webinars will focus on privacy enforcement and lawsuits (July 14) and issues surrounding implementation of the smart grid and other technologies (July 28). For more information or to register, click here.

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