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Jobs Act Includes Public Safety and Spectrum Provisions Last week, President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act proposing to allocate the 700 MHz D-Block to public safety, fund network construction through spectrum auctions and to impose additional fees on licensees. The bill would grant the D-block...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 39

FCC Holds Public Hearing to Discuss Proposed Changes to Tower Regulations Last week, the FCC held a Public Hearing on a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment ("PEA") released earlier this month for use in evaluating the environmental impact of the Commission's Antenna Structure...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 40

FCC Wireless Microwave Backhaul Rules To Take Effect October 27 th The FCC's new rules freeing-up to 650 MHz of spectrum in the 7 GHz (6875-7125 MHz) and 13 GHz (12,700-13,100 MHz) bands for fixed service wireless microwave backhaul in certain largely rural areas will become effective on October...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 41

LightSquared Claims GPS Interference Caused by Ignored Standards In a letter filed with the FCC last week, LightSquared claimed GPS manufacturers ignored government standards adopted by the Defense Department in developing GPS receivers. By ignoring these standards, LightSquared asserts that GPS receivers...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 42

Committee Looking at Spectrum Policies to Reduce Federal Deficit In a letter sent to President Obama earlier this month, four members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction requested a review of federal spectrum that could be reallocated to support consumer wireless broadband deployment...

Free Download: Keller And Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 43

LightSquared's Alternatives Include Lower Power and Additional Towers Last week, LightSquared's executive Vice President submitted written responses to questions posed by the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology. LightSquared's responses offered several...

Free Download: Keller And Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 44

FCC Reforms USF and Intercarrier Compensation Last week, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking refocusing the Universal Service Fund ("USF") on broadband and adopting a series of widely supported reforms to USF and Intercarrier Compensation ("ICC"...

Free Download: Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Volume VIII, Issue 45

President Obama Nominates 2 New FCC Commissioners Last week, President Obama officially nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to serve as FCC Commissioners. Ms. Rosenworcel will replace Democrat Michael Copps when his term expires next year and Mr. Pai will replace Republican Meredith Atwell...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 46

Wayne Vincent Black, 1937-2011 Wayne Vincent Black, a partner at Keller and Heckman from 1964-2007, passed away at his home in Dewey Beach, Maryland, on November 9, 2011. He was 74 years old. Mr. Black graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 47

House Introduces Bill To Delay Narrowbanding Deadline By Two Years Last week, Rep. Steven Rothman (R-NJ) introduced H.R. 3430 that, if enacted, will extend the narrowband deadline for all private land mobile licensees to January 1, 2015. The FCC's current rules require, by January 1, 2013, Industrial...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 48

Posted by Keller and Heckman LLP . FCC Releases Text of USF and Intercarrier Compensation Report and Order Last month, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("Report and Order") refocusing the Universal Service Fund ("USF") on broadband...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 49

FCC Establishes LightSquared FOIA Web Portal Last month, the FCC established a website to provide access to documents requested from the agency under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") related to the LightSquared proceeding. Earlier this year, the FCC granted LightSquared a conditional...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII, Issue 50

FCC Revises Tower Rules to Require Public Notice and Comment Period Last week, the FCC released an Order on Remand adopting a notification process for new towers to provide members of the public with an opportunity to comment on the environmental impact of proposed antenna structures. The Order stems...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 51, 2011 in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW During 2011, Congress dabbled with spectrum allocations while the FCC dealt with LightSquared, narrowbanding, mergers and other issues. Before turning our attention to the Presidential election and narrowbanding deadline that await in 2012, we take a quick look back at the highs and...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 1, Telecom Predictions for 2012

Telecom Predictions for 2012 Although predicting the future is always a tricky business, the attorneys of Keller and Heckman LLP offer the following predictions for 2012 in the world of telecommunications. To see how we fared on our 2011 predictions, click here . "I'm hoping this will...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 2

LightSquared Files Petition Seeking FCC Ruling on GPS Interference Protection The debate regarding interference from LightSquared's proposed terrestrial system continues. On December 14 th , the Federal Government's National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing...

Fulbright Briefing: Telephone Consumer Protection Act Claims May be Brought in Federal Court, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court recently confirmed that private rights of action for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") may be brought in either federal or state courts. On January 18, 2012, a unanimous Court decided Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, LLC , reversing the decision...

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...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. IX Issue 4: Pole Attachment Order Challenged

Coalition of Concerned Utilities Challenges Pole Attachment Order in Court While its Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC's make-ready rulings remains pending at the Commission, last week the Coalition of Concerned Utilities (Consumers Energy, Detroit Edison, FirstEnergy, Hawaiian Electric, NSTAR...

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...

Keller and Heckman LLPTelecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 6: Additional MHzSpectrum Available

Additional 800 MHz Spectrum Available to Critical Infrastructure Licensees On January 28, the FCC began allowing critical infrastructure entities (oil and gas companies, electric utilities and railroads) to file applications for some 800 MHz spectrum relinquished by Sprint Nextel as a result of rebanding...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. IX Issue 7

House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on LightSquared's Impact on GPS Last week, the House Subcommittee on Aviation held a Hearing examining the use of GPS in the Aviation Industry. At the Hearing, John Pocari, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Deputy Transportation Secretary, reiterated...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 8

700 MHz D Block to Public Safety, Network Buildout to be Funded by Incentive Auctions Last week, the House and Senate agreed to a bill extending the payroll tax cut. The bill also will allocate the 700 MHz D Block to public safety entities and provide $7 billion to fund the buildout of the new public...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 9

Spectrum Legislation Provides for Shared Access to 700 MHz Band The Payroll Tax Cut passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last week ( Vol. IX Issue 8 ) includes spectrum provisions permitting the use of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum for non-public safety services on a secondary basis...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 10

LightSquared Gets More Time to Rebut NTIA Interference Report Last week, the Commission granted LightSquared's request for extension of time to file comments in response to a Public Notice issued by the FCC on February 15 th seeking comment on a letter filed by the National Telecommunications...