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...
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...
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...
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...
FCC Investigates Service Disruptions Following East Coast Quake
Commercial wireless service was disrupted, as
commercial networks proved unreliable in the aftermath of last Tuesday's
5.8-magnitude earthquake near Washington, D.C. Spinning the...
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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...
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...
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...
Upton Named Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman
Key legislative positions affecting the telecommunications industry started falling into place last week as the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its various subcommittees negotiated their chairmanships...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...