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UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly - Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

As drafted, Senate Bill 649 would give wireless providers a significant advantage over local government in negotiating the placement of small cells in the public right of way and on public property. Cities that have an...more

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment - This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary...

A working group formed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee to forge a compromise on rental rates for use of public property such as street lights and traffic lights by operators of small cells failed to reach any...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates - Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before...

Local governments should take action to oppose a California bill that will drastically curtail local discretionary authority over small cell deployments and mandate use of public property such as street light poles at...more

Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure

Riverside County has issued a Request for Participants, seeking private companies who are willing to partner with the County and build out wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed, broadband...more

FCC Opens Door to New Regime of Multichannel Video Programming

FCC Will Seek Comments - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took two steps designed to give consumers greater access to multichannel video programming, including programming now provided via public,...more

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26

State AG Opinion Could Positively Impact Many Local Governments - The referendum requirements of Proposition 26 do not apply to public, educational and governmental access fees established by local ordinance pursuant to...more

California Law Presented to Governor Would Automatically Approve Certain Applications for Cell Sites

Localities Should Contact the Governor Immediately to Urge a Veto - A bill that would “deem approved” applications for new wireless facilities in certain circumstances was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday for his...more

Texas Takes Step Toward Approving Charter/TWC Cable Merger

With approval of their proposed merger pending in the FCC, Charter and TWC recently filed an application to amend service provider certifications of operating authority with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. On Friday,...more

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments - Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC...more

Merging Cable Companies List Benefits for FCC Approval

Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC seeking approval of the proposed merger of the companies. The FCC must determine...more

FCC Begins Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

Local governments may also have authority to review, raise concerns and seek conditions to protect their communities - The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger...more

Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

CityLinkLA: Broadband Access for All

The City of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Participants to create public-private partnerships to build a fiber-to-the-premises network that would offer gigabit-level speeds to residents and businesses at significantly...more

6/25/2015

Municipal Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit

A cable operator generally cannot transfer control of its business or transfer its cable franchise without the prior approval of the franchising authority. This gives the franchising authority the opportunity to resolve...more

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites

Municipalities Should Act Immediately if They Wish to Make their Views Known to their Legislators - The California State Assembly’s Local Government Committee has unanimously voted Assembly Bill 57 out of committee,...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises

Commission Decides Streamlined Process Required by DIVCA - The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as...more

9/5/2014

Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Swaps/Sales Spark Thousands of Filings at the FCC; Responses Due Sept. 23

The proposed merger of the two largest cable operators in the country, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and the related system swaps and sales involving Charter Communications, have generated an enormous amount of press...more

New Opportunities for California Arise from Mega Cable Merger

In an earlier post, we talked about the FCC’s review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger heating up with more than 65,000 comments filed this week. Folks in California may be interested to know that the California Public...more

8/28/2014  /  Broadband , Comcast , CPUC , FCC , Time Warner

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state:...more

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

If you haven’t been closely monitoring developments in the FCC’s review of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter merger and spin-off transactions, then you may have missed some critical announcements. ...more

7/16/2014  /  Charter , Comcast , FCC , Spinoffs , Time Warner Cable

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

FCC Sets Up Teams to Review Transactions - Last week the FCC made two important announcements concerning its review of the applications filed for approval of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter cable merger and...more

A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Merger

A proposed transfer of control of a cable television operator or a transfer of a cable television A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Mergerfranchise presents the franchising authority with a...more

3/10/2014  /  Comcast , Franchises , Time Warner , Transfers

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Public Safety Communications Spectrum

4.9 GHz Licensing Rule Changes Proposed - The FCC recently called for comments on proposed changes to the 4.9 GHz public safety communications licensing rules, including making non-public safety entities eligible...more

1/20/2014  /  FCC , Public Safety , Telecommunications
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