Jim Tomlinson

Jim Tomlinson

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream received a private letter...more

8/12/2014 - Corporate Tax Rates Corporate Taxes IRS Popular Private Letter Rulings REITS Spinoffs Telecommunications Wireless Industry

FCC Initiates Rural Broadband Experiments Program: $100 Million to be Disbursed to Winning Bidders

On July 14, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its latest Connect America Fund Order, which sets forth the parameters of its planned “rural broadband experiments” program. As detailed below, the...more

7/18/2014 - Broadband FCC Internet Internet Service Providers Rural Development

FCC Decision Confirms Cost “Primary Factor” Rule and Underscores Recent Emphasis on Cost Rules

Last week, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying a request for waiver and review of an E-rate program decision made by USAC, which determined that a Texas school district violated the FCC’s competitive...more

6/20/2014 - Competitive Bidding E-Rates FCC Vendors

Competitive Providers One Step Closer to Support for Rural Broadband Deployment Following Latest FCC CAF Phase II Order

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more

6/13/2014 - Broadband Cable Television Providers Connect America Fund FCC ISPs

North Carolina Court Orders Electric Cooperative Pole Owner to Apply FCC Cable Formula

On May 22, 2014, the General Court of Justice of Rutherford County, North Carolina issued an important Order and Opinion interpreting a state statute governing the maximum lawful pole attachment rates that North Carolina...more

6/7/2014 - Cable Television Providers FCC Cable Rate Formula Pole Attachment Order Rental Rates Time Warner

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