Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Volume IX Issue 3

KH Video Minute: FCC's New Tower Rules

Late last year, the FCC adopted new rules governing Antenna Structure Registrations ("ASR"). The new rules substantially change the ASR process and may add significant delays. Under the new rules, applicants are required to provide local notice of certain structures, file a partially-completed Form 854 with the FCC and wait 30 days before receiving an ASR number. In this week's Video Minute, Keller and Heckman Attorney Wes Wright summarizes these new requirements. Please click here for this week's Video Minute. If you are unable to open the video, please feel free to contact Mr. Wright at wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4296.

FCC Order Clarifies AMTS DTV Protection Obligations

On January 13, 2012, the FCC issued an Order conditionally granting applications by the gas and electric utility Avista Corporation (a Keller and Heckman LLP client) to operate a private land mobile radio system in the Automated Maritime Telecommunications Service ("AMTS") band (217/219 MHz). The Order is the first ruling by the FCC clarifying the interference protection obligations of AMTS licensees to Digital TV broadcasts. The Order reflects that the AMTS band is still a viable option for private licensees despite the recent U.S. DTV transition, although additional consideration for DTV reception should be given when engineering transmitters located in populated areas. Please contact Greg Kunkle (202.434.4178; kunkle@khlaw.com) with questions.

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