Communications Law Bulletin - December 2008

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In this issue:

*The Month in Brief

*Congress Releases Report on FCC Processes

*President Signs Digital Television Measure to Allow Emergency Analog Broadcasting

*Wireless Developments

*Wireless Issues in Limbo May Not Be Resolved During the Current Administration

*Comments Regarding Handset Exclusivity Extended to Pursue Industry Negotiations

*FCC to Revise Backup Power Rules Following OMB Disapproval

*Parties Seek Reconsideration of Verizon Wireless–Alltel Merger

*More Criticisms Leveled Against the Administration of the Universal Service Fund While Contribution Factor Sinks Below 10 Percent

*FCC Action on Intercarrier Compensation/Universal Service Reform Further Notice Viewed as Unlikely Following Rockefeller-Waxman Letter and Cancellation of December 18 Open Meeting

*Ninth Circuit Rejects Fones4All Appeal of Forbearance Denial on Exhaustion Grounds

*Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that State Commission Cannot Require More Unbundling than FCC Requires Under Sections 251 and 252

*BCE Leveraged Buyout Collapses

*FCC Maintains Busy Enforcement Schedule

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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