Maria T. Browne

Maria T. Browne

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NESC 2017 Edition to Revise Several Rules Pertinent to Joint Use and Pole Attachments

The National Electrical Safety Code (“NESC”), published by the IEEE Standards Association (“IEEE”), is the foremost standard for constructing communications plant using existing utility pole infrastructure. For 100 years,...more

5/11/2016 - Building Codes Construction Project Construction Workers IEEE OSHA Telecommunications Utility Poles

FCC Revises Telecom Pole Attachment Rate Formula

New Order Eliminates Possible Disparity in Cable and Telecom Pole Attachment Rates In last week’s Order on Reconsideration, the FCC definitively closed the “telecom formula loophole” thereby ensuring that pole attachment...more

12/1/2015 - FCC Pole Attachment Order Telecommunications Utilities Sector

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

11/4/2015 - AT&T Mobility Cable Operators Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) CPUC Critical Infrastructure Sectors Pole Attachment Order Public Utilities Commission Right of Way Telecommunications Utilities Sector Utility Poles Wireless Industry Wireless Technology

Impact of Reclassification on Pole Attachments

The Order recognizes that the deployment of communications networks and broadband infrastructure depends heavily on access to utility poles on reasonable rates, terms and conditions. Accordingly, the Order declined to...more

3/17/2015 - Broadband FCC Internet Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Pole Attachment Order Public Utility Telecommunications Utilities Sector Utility Poles

The Impact of the Open Internet Order on Accessibility

The Order does not forbear from enforcing the requirement in Section 225 that telecommunications relay service (TRS) be made available to persons with hearing and speech disabilities, such that they may have access to...more

3/17/2015 - Disability Reasonable Accommodation Telecommunications

Reminder: FCC Recordkeeping Compliance

By no later than April 1, 2015, entities providing telecommunications, VoIP, or advanced communications services (email, text) must certify to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to their compliance in 2014 with the...more

2/4/2015 - Certificates of Compliance FCC Recordkeeping Requirements Telecommunications

Reminder: Accessibility Record Keeping Certification Required by April 1, 2014

Entities providing traditional telecommunications services, interconnected VoIP, advanced communications services (ACS) (which includes non-interconnected VoIP, electronic messaging services, interoperable video...more

3/10/2014 - Accessibility Rules CVAA FCC Recordkeeping Requirements Telecommunications VoIP

FCC Adopts Closed Caption Quality Standards

On Feb. 24, 2014, the FCC released the text of the Report and Order (R&O), Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), which it adopted at its February Open Meeting, addressing the petition of...more

2/27/2014 - Closed Captioning Disability FCC Telecommunications

FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Television Programs

At its February 2014 Open Meeting today, the FCC approved new regulations governing the quality of closed captions that must appear in television programming. As noted in our earlier advisory, the long-awaited rules stem from...more

2/21/2014 - Broadcasting Closed Captioning FCC Telecommunications Television Programming

New Hampshire PUC Addresses Pole Attachment Rates

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today issued an order approving a settlement of a pole attachment rate dispute between Public Service Company of New Hampshire and Time Warner Entertainment Company L.P....more

1/18/2013 - Public Utilities Commission Telecommunications Utility Poles

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