Telecommunications Alert: FCC Adopts Clarifications and Proposes Modifications to its Pole Attachment Rules

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On May 20, 2010, the FCC released an order and further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM)1 clarifying certain aspects of its pole attachment rules and seeking comment on (1) proposals to establish rental rates for pole attachments that are as low and close to uniform as possible; (2) the imposition of a specific timeline for all wired pole attachment requests and the development of a timeline for the attachment of wireless facilities; (3) proposed rules allowing for the use of contract workers in certain circumstances; and (4) proposed reforms to the FCC’s access dispute resolution process. Comments are due 30 days and reply comments are due 60 days after publication of the order and FNPRM in the Federal Register, which has not yet occurred.

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