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New “One Touch Make-Ready” Regime Proposed with Shortened Timeframes and Revised Terms for Completing Pole Attachments Draft Declaratory Ruling Would Prohibit State and Local Moratoria on Wireline and Wireless Deployment Last spring, largely responding to claims by Google Fiber that existing attachers and sequential make-ready costs and delays were impeding broadband deployment, the FCC circulated a proposal for substantial changes to its pole attachment make-ready rules and associated timelines to accelerate the deployment of new…
New “One Touch Make-Ready” Regime Proposed with Shortened Timeframes and Revised Terms for Completing Pole Attachments Draft Declaratory Ruling Would Prohibit State and Local Moratoria on Wireline and Wireless Deployment Last spring, largely responding to claims by Google Fiber that existing attachers and sequential make-ready costs and delays were impeding broadband deployment, the FCC circulated a proposal for substantial changes to its pole attachment make-ready rules and associated timelines to accelerate the deployment of new…
New “One Touch Make-Ready” Regime Proposed with Shortened Timeframes and Revised Terms for Completing Pole Attachments Draft Declaratory Ruling Would Prohibit State and Local Moratoria on Wireline and Wireless Deployment Last spring, largely responding to claims by Google Fiber that existing attachers and sequential make-ready costs and delays were impeding broadband deployment, the FCC circulated a proposal for substantial changes to its pole attachment make-ready rules and associated timelines to accelerate the deployment of new…
On September 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would significantly change the procedural rules governing formal pole attachment complaint proceedings filed under Section 224 of the federal Communications Act (47 U.S.C. § 224). The FCC has included the proposed changes in a broader rulemaking aimed at consolidating, revising, and streamlining rules currently governing formal complaints for pole attachments (Section 224), common carriers (Section 208), and communications…
On January 26, 2017, the FCC issued an Order that makes available $170.4 million in Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II support to applicants selected in New York’s state broadband grant program, the “New NY Broadband Program.”  New York had filed a petition for waiver of CAF Phase II rules, requesting that the FCC make these funds available after Verizon declined CAF support throughout the state. The FCC’s decision is significant because it represents a…
On Wednesday, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the ongoing exemption from applying the enhanced transparency requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order to small providers.  As a result, small providers (those with 100,000 or fewer broadband subscribers) will continue to be exempt from the agency’s new “enhanced” transparency requirements for the foreseeable future.  However, we remind all service providers that they remain subject to the Commission’s 2010 transparency rule (as evidenced by the…
PLA today posts “The Consumer Credit Card Market,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s biennial report on the consumer credit card market.  The CFPB’s report, required by the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act), provides significant data on the credit card market, including the use, costs, and availability of credit cards across the credit score spectrum.  Like the CFPB’s 2013 CARD Act report, this year’s report identifies “areas of…
PLA today posts “The Consumer Credit Card Market,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s biennial report on the consumer credit card market.  The CFPB’s report, required by the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act), provides significant data on the credit card market, including the use, costs, and availability of credit cards across the credit score spectrum.  Like the CFPB’s 2013 CARD Act report, this year’s report identifies “areas of…
Smaller broadband providers now have an opportunity to convince the FCC to maintain the small provider exemption from the new “enhanced” transparency (disclosure) requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order. As we explained in a recent advisory, the 2015 Open Internet Order temporarily exempts providers with 100,000 or fewer broadband subscribers from the FCC’s “enhanced” transparency and disclosure requirements.  However, the Order required the Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to adopt an order…
It seems virtually certain that one or more parties will seek judicial review of the Open Internet Order.  It is also likely that a party will ask an appellate court to “stay” (or temporarily suspend) the operation of some or all of the rules while legal review is ongoing.  We will provide updates on any appellate activity.  For now, however, affected entities should assume that the new rules will go into effect 60 days…