Communications Law Bulletin - November 2008



*The Month in Brief: General Election Results Will Affect Oversight of Telecom Industry

*Closed Captioning and Distributed Transmission Orders Get Unanimous Support

*California PUC Decision Helps CLECs Access Retired Copper Loop Facilities

*Net Neutrality May Get a Second Wind in U.S.

*Wireless Developments

*Wireless Industry Further Consolidates

*FCC Opens White Spaces for Unlicensed Use

*December Open Meeting May Include Important Wireless Items

*FCC Enforcement Bureau Addresses Payola, the U.S.-Haiti International Route, and Unauthorized Pro Forma Transactions

*FCC Pulls Intercarrier Compensation/Universal Service Reform Plan from November 4 Meeting Agenda but Releases Further Notice on Alternative Plans on November 5

*Order on Remand

*Report & Order and FNPRM

*Chairman’s Original Plan

*Narrow USF Plan

*Chairman’s Alternative Plan

*Related Issues

*Video Competition Developments

*FCC Launches Probe into Cable Industry Digital Channel Lineups

*Louisiana Municipalities Mount Legal Challenges to Statewide Video Franchising

*Legislative Activity in Final Days of Congressional Session

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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