Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 28

Date: Jul 11, 2011

FCC Seeks to Delay Pole Attachment Appeal

Not surprisingly, the Commission last week asked the D.C. Circuit to hold in abeyance the court appeal of its April 7 Pole Attachment Order until the reconsideration of the Order at the FCC is complete. The reconsideration proceeding includes make-ready and other operational issues raised by the Coalition of Concerned Utilities (Consumers Energy, Detroit Edison, FirstEnergy, Hawaiian Electric, NSTAR, Pepco and Xcel Energy) represented by Keller and Heckman llp, as well as the request by NCTA, COMPTEL and tw telecom to reduce the FCC Telecom rate even further. For more information, contact K&H partner Tom Magee (magee@khlaw.com; 202.434.4128).

FCC Eases Financial Burden of Narrowbanding Compliance

As previously reported in the Telecom Alert, the FCC has set a January 1, 2013 deadline for private land mobile licenses in the VHF (150-174 MHz) and UHF (421-512 MHz) bands to migrate to narrowband operations. To comply with the narrowbanding rules, many private licensees will be required to modify existing wideband-only licenses to add a narrowband emission designator. The FCC has reduced the fees associated with filing narrowband applications and the Commission no longer charges filing fees for modification applications that only add a narrowband emission designator to existing channels. The fee waiver will not apply if additional changes to the radio license are proposed. A modification application will require frequency coordination and FCC filing fees if it seeks to change the type of emission (e.g. switching from analog to digital operations) or to operate on a different center channel. For questions on narrowbanding requirements, please contact K&H attorney Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4296).

Keller and Heckman and ENTELEC Sponsor Wayne Black Scholarship

In April 2006 Keller and Heckman LLP and the Board of Directors of the Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Association ("ENTELEC") created the "Wayne V. Black Scholarship" in honor of former Keller and Heckman partner Wayne Black. ENTELEC is a user association focusing on communications and control technologies used by petroleum, natural gas, pipeline and electric utility companies. ENTELEC's primary goal is to provide education for its members and it does this through technical presentations, equipment, exhibits and networking opportunities. Mr. Black served as General Counsel of ENTELEC for more than 30 years. He also represented many of the association's member companies before the FCC on telecommunications matters, including proceedings that helped reshape the industry. The Wayne V. Black Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student selected by ENTELEC. For more information on ENTELEC, including the newly-formed Regulatory Committee, please contact K&H.

K&H Video Minute: Wes Wright and Tim Doughty on STA/CTA

In this week's Video Minute, Keller and Heckman attorney Wes Wright and telecommunications licensing specialist Tim Doughty discuss the issues surrounding special and conditional temporary authority at the FCC. When should your business apply for these authorities, and what do they mean? For this week's Video Minute, click here.

Register Today for Our Upcoming Webinar on Avoiding Privacy Enforcement and Lawsuits

Join Keller and Heckman LLP attorneys Sheila Millar and Tracy Marshall this Thursday, July 14, from 11 to 12:30 EST for a webinar on Practical Tips for Avoiding Privacy Enforcement and Lawsuits. The webinar will survey recent cases and provide best practices for preventing and defending against privacy and data security enforcement actions and litigation. This is the fifth of our six-part webinar series, "The Privacy Playbook: A Practical Guide for Businesses." The final webinar, "Towards Privacy By Design: Smart Grid and Other Technologies", will be held on July 28. For more information or to register, click here.

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