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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 be the year the FCC finally turns its attention to the communications needs of critical infrastructure companies." -Jack Richards, Partner

"Broadband will drive FCC policy making. The Net Neutrality Order will be overturned on appeal. The Senate will confirm two Commissioner nominees. Congress will allocate the D-Block to Public Safety and authorize incentive auctions of licensed TV spectrum. The FCC will propose USF contribution reforms." -Doug Jarrett, Partner

"Given AT&T's failed attempt to acquire T-Mobile, the appreciable and effective expansion of broadband services coverage in the short term in the nation's most rural regions will remain a considerable challenge." -Mike Morrone, Partner

"Pole attachment make-ready and rate disputes will increase as the FCC's new rules sink in." -Tom Magee, Partner

"New years often bring opportunities for new transactions with unique challenges. I do not expect 2012 to be any different." -David Reader, Partner

 protecting incumbent GPS users." -Zach Rothstein, Associate

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