Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VII Issue 12

Date: Mar 29, 2010

Concerned Utilities Blast Broadband Plan

In a letter to the five FCC Commissioners filed on behalf of the Coalition of Concerned Utilities

(Allegheny, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Dayton Power and Light, FirstEnergy, Kansas City Power and Light, National Grid, NSTAR, and PPL), K&H attorneyTom Magee strongly criticizes the pole attachment section of the FCC's Broadband Plan for completely ignoring volumes of electric utility concerns while citing liberally from nearly 20 different communications attachers. For a copy of the letter, click

here. If you have any questions or would like to join the Coalition's fight, please contact Tom (magee@khlaw.com; 202-434-4128) . FCC Seeks Comment on Motorola Request Regarding Low Power 450-470 MHz Frequencies The FCC recently released a Public Notice seeking Comment on a Request by Motorola for a Declaratory Ruling that low power systems authorized pursuant to Section 90.267 of the Commission's rules are not required to adhere to five megahertz separations between paired 450-470 MHz band base and mobile frequencies. In the event that five megahertz separation is required for low power frequencies, Motorola requests a blanket waiver. Motorola argues that deployment of low power repeaters with non-standard separation will help to avoid the occurrence of intermodulation interference when multiple repeater cells are used within close proximity. Comments are due by April 19, 2010 and Reply Comments are due by May 4, 2010.

FCC Reminds Telecom Service Providers Of Importance Of Implementing 9-1-1 Best Practices

Last week, the FCC issued a reminder to telecommunications service providers regarding the importance of providing diversity and redundancy in the provisioning of 9-1-1/Enhanced 9-1-1 (911/E911) services. The Public Notice (available here) encourages telecommunications service providers to adhere to 911/E911 service best practices developed by the former Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC). The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau states that it has observed a significant number of 911/E911 service outages that could have been avoided at little expense to the service provider by employing diversity measures.

Keller and Heckman LLP at ENTELEC 2009

Doug Jarrett and Greg Kunkle,will attend the Energy Telecommunications and Electrical Association (ENTELEC) 2010 Conference & Expo April 14-15 in Houston, Texas. ENTELEC focuses on SCADA and other communications technologies used throughout the energy industries. Please stop by to visit Keller and Heckman's booth. To obtain a complimentary VIP Exhibit Hall Pass as the guest of Keller and Heckman LLP, click


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