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FCC Adopts New Rules for Wireless License Renewals and Discontinuance of Service and Seeks Comment on Additional Construction Obligations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) affecting wireless licensees, including commercial service providers as well as operators of private wireless syst… Read More
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Eighth Circuit Upholds FCC Pole Attachment Telecom Rate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld the FCC’s 2015 Order on Reconsideration that revised the FCC’s pole attachment telecom rate formula. In its decision, the Court denied an appeal filed by a coalition of electric utilities… Read More
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FCC Will Seek Comment on Wireless Facility Environmental and Historic Review

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, among other things, seeks comment on revising its wireless tower siting rules and procedures.  This draft NPRM is tentatively scheduled to be f… Read More
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FCC’s Proposed Changes to Pole Attachment Rules Raise Significant Issues for Utilities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing a number of changes to its current pole attachment rules in order to “make it easier, faster, and less costly” for attachers to access and… Read More
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FAA to Adopt New Rules to Require Certain 50- to 200-Foot Towers to Be Clearly Marked

Under current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules, towers that are less than 200 feet tall only require FAA approval if they are located on or near an airport, or if the tower falls within the “slope” of an airport runway.  However, pursu… Read More
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New FCC Pole Attachment Rate Formula Effective March 4, 2016

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that the new pole attachment rate formula recently adopted by the agency will go into effect on March 4, 2016.  The FCC amended its pole attachment rate formula to bring the “telecom rate”… Read More
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FCC Announces New FAA Antenna Structure Marking and Lighting Requirements

The FCC has announced new marking and lighting standards for antenna structures that must be reviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and registered in the FCC’s Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) system. Under the FCC’s rules, a… Read More
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FCC Proposes Fines for Violations of RF Exposure Limits by Rooftop-Mounted Antennas

The FCC recently proposed fines against two antenna operators for violations of the FCC’s RF exposure rules for antennas mounted on a building rooftop in Phoenix, Arizona.  The antennas in question were operated by Wirelessco (a subsidiary of Sprint… Read More
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FCC Consent Decree for Violations of Antenna Structure Registration, Lighting, and Environmental Review Rules

The FCC has entered into a Consent Decree requiring a wireless carrier to pay $620,500 and implement a detailed three-year compliance plan for violations of the FCC’s antenna structure registration, lighting, and environmental and historic preservati… Read More
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FCC Adopts Rules Regarding Retirement of Carrier Copper Networks and Seeks Further Comment

The FCC has adopted new rules that will require incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) to provide notice to their retail customers – including utilities and other critical infrastructure industry entities – prior to retiring their copper network… Read More
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