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An Oft-Forgotten Detail in Infrastructure Deals – Telecom Licenses

Much of the nation’s infrastructure, from energy to transportation, depends upon telecommunications for safe and efficient operation. The facilities that provide such communications services generally are proprietary...more

Open Internet Rules Become Effective June 12: Impact on Pole Attachments

On Friday, June 12 – barring a judicial stay – many of the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules will become effective. A significant consequence of the reclassification of retail broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a...more

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

FCC Opens Utility and Telephone Poles to Google

The Federal Communications Commission has finally released its long awaited Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order establishing a new policy on the status of broadband Internet access service...more

Pennsylvania and Ohio High Courts Issue Decisions Impacting Oil and Gas Operators

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Declines to Extend Primary Term of Oil and Gas Lease - In Wayne Harrison, et al. v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Case No. 75 MAP 2014 (Pa. Feb. 17, 2015), the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania...more

Locating Utilities – When Municipal Consent is Not Enough

Over the last decade, there have been numerous class actions regarding telecommunication companies’ use of railroad easements. In many of those cases, the telecommunication companies obtained permission from the railroad...more

CPUC Seeks to Revisit Controversial Decision on CEQA Process for Telecommunications Projects - Public Agency Participation is...

After a pause of more than a year, the CPUC has revived its effort to determine whether and how it will conduct environmental review of certain telecommunications projects under the California Environmental Quality Act...more

Utility Pole Not A Point Source Under The Clean Water Act

Last week the Ninth Circuit held that utility poles are not “point sources” of stormwater discharge nor “associated with industrial activity,” and therefore do not require an NPDES permit to comply with the Clean Water Act....more

Local Matter Or Federal Case? The Network Of Cell Tower Regulation In California By Arthur F. Coon and Sean Marciniak*

I. INTRODUCTION. Few planning and zoning decisions generate more controversy than the placement of cellular phone antennas. If the proposed site lies near a residential area, neighbors often will organize for purposes...more

Communications and IT Advisory: Ninth Circuit Decision a Victory for Landline and Wireless Telecommunications Providers

Communications and IT Advisory: Ninth Circuit Decision a Victory for Landline and Wireless Telecommunications Providers

On June 13, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that will have important ramifications on the ability of both wireless telecommunications providers and telecommunications providers...more

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