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Telecom Business Alert – 3.5 GHz Band; Tower Safety; Connecticut Pole Attachment Dispute; IoT Comment Deadline, Vol XIII, Issue 21

Date: May 23, 2016

3.5 GHz Band

In a blog post last week, FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Jon Wilkins and the Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology Julius Knapp announced that eight entities filed proposals to become certified Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) Administrators and Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) operators.  The SAS and ESC systems will facilitate access to the FCC’s new Citizens Broadband Radio Service to be implemented in the 3.5 GHz band (Vol. XIII, Issue 18).  The SAS will maximize the number of users able to operate within a given area at a given time, while the ESC is the technological solution that will enable new commercial use in coastal areas while protecting important federal radar operations.  For more information, please contact Greg Kunkle (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178). 

Tower Safety 

OSHA recently announced it plans to revise its rules governing communication tower safety, including fall protection and RF exposures, beginning with a July 2016 small business panel review of draft changes. For more information, please contact or email our workplace safety practice at OSHATowerSafety@khlaw.com.

Connecticut Pole Attachment Dispute

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold a technical meeting on June 1 to discuss a pole attachment dispute between Comcast of Connecticut, Inc. and The United Illuminating Company (UI).  Comcast requested PURA assistance , claiming UI has imposed new requirements to handle overlash requests.  For more information, please contact Tom Magee (magee@khlaw.com; 202.434.4128).

Internet of Things Comment Deadline Extended

In April, The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a Notice and Request for Public Comment initiating an inquiry into the Internet of Things (IoT) (Vol. XIII, Issue 16).  NTIA is seeking input on the potential benefits and challenges of IoT and what role, if any, the Federal Government should play.  Earlier this month, NTIA extended the Comment due date to June 2, 2016.  For more information please contact Doug Jarrett (jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).

PCIA – 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show

K&H attorney Mike Fitch will be attending PCIA’s 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas, Texas on May 25.  Mr. Fitch, former CEO of PCIA (2005-2012), will moderate a panel titled The Tribal Consultation Process in 2016, regarding Twilight Towers, DAS and small cell installations, positive train control and various other factors impacting the tribal consultation process , including proposed solutions for the system’s modernization.

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