Free Download: Keller & HeckmanTelecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 37

No Action on D-Block Despite September 11th Anniversary

The 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has passed without legislation providing spectrum and funding for a national broadband public-safety network. Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing examining the progress made in implementing the 9/11 Commission's recommendations, which included building a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. In June, the Senate Commerce Committee approved legislation that would allocate the 700 MHz D-Block and funding to public safety for the construction of an interoperable broadband network. This bill will face opposition in the House if it is approved by the Senate because House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden introduced a bill calling for the D-Block to be auctioned instead of allocated to public safety. Please contact Doug Jarrett (202.434.4180; jarrett@khlaw.com) with questions.

Petroleum Industry Highlights Commercial Networks' Problems to FCC

Keller and Heckman LLP, on behalf of its client the American Petroleum Institute (API), filed comments with the FCC earlier this month in response to the Commission's Notice of Inquiry regarding the reliability and resiliency of commercial communications networks. API's comments cited serious reliability concerns with commercial networks in the wake of two recent natural disasters: Hurricane Irene and a 5.8-magnitude earthquake on the east coast. These reliability concerns underscore the fact that while the oil and natural gas industry is a significant user of commercial networks for enterprise use, the industry must continue operating private internal systems for the foreseeable future to support core mission critical communications that are used to ensure the safety of life and property. The carriers' trade association, by contrast, claimed commercial networks have performed exceedingly well during times of public emergencies and major catastrophes. Please contact Jack Richards (202.434.4210; richards@khlaw.com) with questions.

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