Telecom Business Alert - Text-to-911, Pole Attachment Rules, E-Rate Report - Vol. XI, Issue 33

Date: Aug 18, 2014

August 18, 2014, Volume XI, Issue 33

Title: Text-to-911, Pole Attachment Rules, E-Rate Report


At its August 8th Open Meeting, the FCC adopted new rules requiring wireless carriers and certain text messaging providers to be capable of supporting text-to-911 services by December 31, 2014.  The new rules also require these “covered text providers” to implement text-to-911 for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) by June 30, 2015, or six months after a request by a PSAP.  The FCC also adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comment on enhanced location information, support for text-to-911 roaming, and future texting services.  Please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239) with questions.

Louisiana Adopts Pole Attachment Rules

The Louisiana Public Service Commission recently adopted comprehensive pole attachment rules that lift a 15-year rate freeze, establish an attachment rate higher than the FCC rate, impose make-ready deadlines, and establish other access and dispute resolution processes.  For additional information, please contact Tom Magee (magee@khlaw.com; 202-434-4128).

E-Rate Staff Report

Last week, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Strategic Planning and Policy released a staff report regarding the Commission’s E-Rate program.  The report estimates the E-Rate program will need $2.5 Billion to fund broadband connections for 10 million students and 3,000 libraries annually.  The report also estimates that 65% of public schools have access to fiber, with a majority of the schools without fiber located in rural areas.  The report projects that the savings due to the phase out of non-broadband services will largely cover the $1 Billion funding target.  For more information, please contact Doug Jarrett (Jarrett@khlaw.com; 202-434-4180).

NTIA Community Broadband Workshop

NTIA, the division of the Department of Commerce responsible for advising the President on telecommunications issues, announced  it will hold a workshop on September 4, 2014 to discuss the lessons learned in community network build-outs. The workshop also will discuss partnership models that have been used in the build-outs. 

New Frequency Coordinator

Last week the FCC announced it has certified the Association of American Railroads (AAR) as a certified frequency coordinator in the 806-816/851-861 and 896-901/935-940 MHz bands. The Association also is certified to coordinate certain frequencies below 500 MHz.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

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