Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 5: FCC Tower Rule Published

FCC's Tower Rule Published in Federal Register  

Last week, the FCC's Final Rule implementing a notification process for new towers was published in the Federal Register. The Final Rule will become effective when the FCC publishes an additional notice in the Federal Register, which is expected in the next several months. The Final Rule requires applicants proposing to construct a tower taller than 450 feet to prepare and file an Environmental Assessment with the FCC. In addition, applicants seeking to construct a tower that requires an Antenna Structure Registration ("ASR") number must provide notice of the proposed tower through publication in a local newspaper or other appropriate means and submit a partially-completed FCC Form 854 to the Commission for notification purposes. Please contact Wes Wright (202.434.4296; wright@khlaw.com) with questions.

Public Notice Seeks Comment on Narrowband Waiver Requests

Last week, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on 21 requests for waiver of the Commission's January 1, 2013, VHF and UHF narrowbanding deadline. All of these waiver requests were filed by public safety entities and most sought an additional 12 to 18 months to comply with the narrowbanding deadline. Ocean County, New Jersey sought the longest extension, until December 31, 2017. For more information regarding the upcoming narrowbanding deadline, please see our Special Narrowbanding Alert. Please contact Greg Kunkle (202.434.4178; kunkle@khlaw.com) with questions about narrowbanding.

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