Patton Boggs TechComm Industry Update - Week of October 27, 2008

    27 October 2008

    FCC November 4, 2008 Public Meeting: Seven Agenda Items

    The FCC has released its agenda for the November 4, 2008 Open Meeting in Washington, D.C. At the top of the agenda, the FCC plans to address intercarrier compensation and universal service reform. As we previously reported and further report below, Chairman Martin continues to receive pressure from Congress and the industry to delay the vote on intercarrier compensation and universal service. The FCC also plans to consider the proposed mergers of Verizon Wireless-Alltel, which was just conditionally approved by DOJ, and Sprint Nextel-Clearwire, TV white spaces, the use of distributed transmission system technologies for DTV, closed captioning requirements for digital television , and Verizon Wireless’ and Union Telephone Company’s applications for 700 MHz licenses won in Auction No. 73.

    Congress Calls on Chairman Martin to Delay Vote on Key Regulatory Reforms

    Nearly 75 members of Congress urged FCC Chairman Martin to postpone the Nov. 4th vote on a proposal for sweeping reforms to the Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation, arguing that the Commission should solicit public comment before reaching a decision.

    In a letter sent this week, 61 House members urged Martin to subject the plan to public review and comment. "The public deserves the opportunity to provide fully informed comments, and the Commission stands to gain by understanding the positions of all parties interested in its potentially sweeping decision," said Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Lee Terry (R-NE) who have sponsored legislation to reform the Universal Service Fund. Martin received two other letters from lawmakers, including one from 10 Senators who worried that details of Martin's plan could hamper deployment of rural broadband networks.

    Martin is seeking major reforms to the Universal Service Fund, which subsidizes telecommunications services in high cost areas such as rural and poor communities through a surcharge on a consumer’s phone bill. Among other things, Martin would require carriers to use universal service money to invest in broadband networks in parts of the country that lack high-speed Internet connections. Martin’s plan also would shift universal service assessments from an interstate revenue scheme based on usage to one flat-rate system based on phone numbers.

    Martin also intends to move ahead with a vote on another contentious item on the Nov. 4 agenda: a proposal to open up unused portions of the television airwaves known as "TV white spaces" to deliver wireless broadband services. Ed Markey, Chair of the House Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee, wrote to Martin urging him to license some TV white spaces spectrum so that television stations are able to “identify devices that are causing interference and to rapidly and appropriately remedy harms to consumers.” Public interest groups and many of the nation's biggest technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, hope Martin’s white spaces plan will lead to universal, affordable broadband. The nation's broadcasters oppose the plan, arguing that using spectrum to deliver wireless Internet services could disrupt their over-the-air signals. In recent days, a wide range of sports leagues, church leaders and performers — from Dolly Parton to Guns N' Roses — have written the FCC urging the vote to be delayed. CommDaily reported that the “crowds waiting on the eighth floor Monday and Tuesday to speak with the Commissioners and their staff before the [ex parte] cutoff resembled the reception at the FCBA Chairman’s Dinner” which usually attracts over a thousand people.

    Globalstar Continues to Fight for Modified ATC Authority, Time Running Out

    All week, Globalstar and Open Range have lobbied the FCC to grant Globalstar's ATC modification application and corresponding waiver request. Unfortunately, for Globalstar and Open Range, others also have lobbied the Commission to deny the application. Most notably, NTIA reportedly requested Open Range to redesign its WiMAX base stations to avoid interfering with GPS. CTIA also filed an ex parte letter "informally" opposing Globalstar's ATC modification application because Globalstar fails to satisfy the FCC's "gating criteria" for Mobile Satellite Service (MSS)/ATC service. The gating criteria includes, among other things, offering of an integrated MSS/ATC service. Globalstar sought a waiver of the integration requirement last week. CTIA previously requested the FCC to closely evaluate Globalstar's compliance with the gating criteria. Now that Globalstar has sought waiver of the FCC’s integration requirements, CTIA is strongly objecting to the application and waiver. Despite protests, we understand that an Order granting Globalstar’s application is circulating among FCC Commissioners. It is unclear what the Order contains.

    Leading Internet Companies Endorse Free Speech Online

    Google, Microsoft and Yahoo and a group of human rights organizations this week endorsed a global code of conduct designed to better protect online free speech and privacy against government intrusion. The intent of the proposal, known as the Global Network Initiative, is to “avoid or minimize the impact of government restrictions on freedom of expression,” according to The New York Times. In addition to the three American companies, two European telecommunications companies, France Telecom and Vodafone, also are considering participating. Members of the initiative hope to recruit additional companies.

    The guidelines call for Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to try to reduce the scope of government requests that appear to conflict with free speech and other human rights principles. They also require participating companies to seek requests in writing, along with the names and titles of the authorizing officer. It was not immediately clear, however, what practices, if any, will change, as the guidelines do not ban any specific conduct, or whether the practices would survive a legal challenge.

    The Global Network Initiative was begun after human rights groups and Congress criticized the Internet companies for cooperating with Chinese government censorship and demands for information on dissidents. In addition to laying out the code of conduct, the initiative will provide a non-governmental forum for the companies and human rights groups to jointly resist demands for censorship. It will also establish a system of independent auditors to rate the companies’ conduct. The principles are backed by leading human rights groups, including Human Rights in China and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    To date, Google, Microsoft’s MSN division and Yahoo’s Chinese affiliate are all cooperating with the Chinese government’s demands that search results be filtered. This month, Canadian researchers revealed that the Chinese version of Skype Internet chat had been modified to permit the logging and storage of chat sessions on server computers belonging to Skype’s Chinese partner, Tom, a wireless and Internet company.

    Yahoo has been criticized for its decision in 2004 to help Chinese authorities identify Shi Tao, a Chinese business reporter, who sent a brief of a government document calling for press censorship to his private Yahoo e-mail account. Mr. Shi is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.

    Cox Begins Construction of Its Wireless Network; Commercial Launch Expected in 2009

    In a recent press release, Cox announced plans to begin construction of a wireless network using AWS and 700 MHz wireless spectrum it acquired individually and in joint ventures over the past few years. The new fourth generation (4G) network will employ Long Term Evolution (LTE) and Cox has partnered with Sprint Nextel to provide roaming outside of Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego, Omaha, Las Vegas, most of Kansas and southern New Mexico – Cox’s licensed areas. Cox expects wireless services to be a key part of its future growth and expects the service to be attractive to its existing bundled customers. Cox handsets will allow Cox cable customers to program their home digital video recorder, access e-mail and voicemail messages received at their home, and view television programs. Cox’s cable, wireline and wireless bundle of service will compete directly with similar services offered by AT&T and Verizon.

    Senator Rockefeller Receives Support from Leading Tech Companies

    Senator Rockefeller (D-WV), who may emerge next year as Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, is earning the backing of many leading technology and media companies. Top corporate contributors last quarter included Cisco, Embarq, Google, National Association of Broadcasters, Time Warner Cable, TW Telecom (a spinoff from Time Warner) and ABC parent company, Walt Disney. More than two dozen PACs affiliated with the communications industry gave at least $64,000 in the third quarter, almost triple the sector's donations during the first two quarters combined, according CongressDaily.

    With Democrats expected to retain control of Congress, speculation is increasing that Rockefeller might lead Senate Commerce if Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV), who has been in poor health, steps aside. Byrd strongly denies he plans to do so. That would create an opening for Senate Commerce Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) the next most senior appropriator, to move up to chair Appropriations and allow Rockefeller to chair the Senate Commerce Committee.

    FCC and USDA to Address Broadband Deployment and Funding

    The FCC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host another Rural Broadband Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona on November 20, 2008. This workshop will focus on different technology platforms used to provide broadband services, USDA funding for broadband deployment, Universal Service Fund programs, the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot program, and wireless spectrum access. The workshop will provide communities and organizations an opportunity to share their experiences about broadband deployment in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Additional information about the workshop can be found on the FCC’s website.

    FCC Further Considers How To License EBS White Spaces

    Twenty-three parties filed reply comments last week regarding how the Commission should license remaining unassigned Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum, also known as the EBS “white spaces”, and licensing EBS spectrum in the Gulf of Mexico. We previously reported that most of the comments expressed support for auctioning the EBS white space spectrum, but debated over the procedures that should lead up to an auction. The reply comments seem to reflect an altered view. Auctions are still a part of the process in most proposals, but a majority of commenters support National EBS Association’s (NEBSA) proposal, or a slightly modified version of this proposal which includes Geographic Service Area (GSA) maximization. Such proposals support the use of auctions only as a last resort to license any remaining EBS white spaces. In addition, many more parties commented on the FCC’s Gulf of Mexico proposal in this round of comments.

    NEBSA proposed a four-step process to license EBS white spaces: (1) the Commission should first resolve outstanding late-filed license renewal applications and waiver requests of old construction deadlines and finalize the EBS license database before determining how to license EBS white spaces; (2) for each EBS channel in each BTA in which at least one licensed station on that channel already has a GSA that covers any portion of the BTA, the white space in that BTA on that channel should be incorporated into such GSA up to the GSA of co-channel licensees in the BTA; (3) the FCC should accept applications by qualified EBS applicants for new EBS stations, on a channel group by channel group, BTA by BTA basis after resolving mutual exclusivities by private agreement; and (4) as a last resort, remaining mutual exclusivities would be resolved by auction.

    Several rural independent school districts support a similar proposal to expand the GSAs of existing licensees and simultaneously extend the GSA boundaries to the BTA border or the boundaries of co-channel EBS stations. This proposal includes opportunities for settlement agreements, channels swaps, or spectrum exchanges, but would only utilize auctions as a last resort.

    The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), which holds a significant number of EBS licenses nationwide, also supports the GSA maximization proposal, but HITN suggests that EBS eligible entities should apply for discrete areas of identified remaining white spaces. If two or more applicants apply for the same identified white space area, HITN proposes that the FCC require a 180-day settlement period. If no settlement is reached, HITN suggests the FCC hold a private auction between applicants for white spaces.

    The Catholic Television Network (CTN), the National Catholic Education Association, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles all oppose GSA maximization, but also oppose the use of auctions to license the EBS white space. CTN proposes to identify eligible local educators that wish to use the spectrum, and then license the spectrum to those entities that service the most enrolled students in each BTA.

    On reply, more commenters addressed the FCC’s proposal to license the EBS spectrum in the Gulf of Mexico. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and Broadpoint, Inc. (Broadpoint) both propose that the FCC license the 2.5 EBS spectrum in the Gulf of Mexico for commercial operations. API and Broadpoint argue that this valuable spectrum, currently lying fallow, would be a useful tool to support oil and gas exploration and production. Several school districts throughout the country called the “EBS Parties”, CTN, NEBSA, the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA), and the Northern Arizona University Foundation (NAUF) all rejected API and Broadpoint’s arguments. NEBSA argues that it is premature to make a determination on licensing EBS spectrum in the Gulf of Mexico because controversy over interference to existing land-based EBS operations still exists and the record does not currently reflect the need for additional spectrum in the Gulf.

    $88 Million Subscriber Lawsuit Filed Against AT&T for Leaking Private Information

    Forty-four AT&T wireless subscribers alleged in an Oklahoma federal court lawsuit that a private investigative firm, from 2001 to 2005, paid a senior level AT&T executive money to release phone records to the firm without subscriber consent. The plaintiffs are each seeking $1 million in actual damages and $1 million for punitive damages and legal costs. AT&T conducted an intensive investigation and found no evidence to support the claims in the lawsuit. AT&T states that it has strict privacy policies and procedures regarding how and when employees are able to access subscriber records and that the sale of subscriber records is prohibited.

    CenturyTel, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Embarq Corporation

    CenturyTel’s acquisition of Embarq will create the largest public ILEC in the United States in a deal worth approximately $11.6 billion. The combined company will have nearly eight million access lines, two million broadband customers and 400,000 video subscribers in 33 states. CenturyTel will acquire $5.8 billion of Embarq’s debt and Embarq shareholders will own 66% of the combined company. The senior leadership of the combined company will include executives from both companies. The companies except to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals to close the transaction in the second quarter of 2009.

    DC Circuit Gives Competitive Cable Operators Greater Access to Subscribers

    The D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2007 Multiple Dwelling Unit Order allowing new competitive video service providers, like AT&T and Verizon, to use existing cable wiring after a customer has elected to switch providers. In its Order, the FCC ruled that competitive video service providers must not be forced to cut through sheet rock to connect their cable wiring to inside wiring in an individual’s dwelling. The D.C. Circuit decision will enhance competition in apartments and condominiums by allowing competitive video service providers access to existing cable wiring.

    FCC Levies Fines Against Time Warner Cable, Cox for Blocking Access to Channels

    The FCC recently fined a division of Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications for using a technology that blocks viewers from watching certain channels. Oceanic Time Warner Cable was fined $40,000 for violations in Hawaii and Cox was fined $20,000 for breaching rules in Fairfax County, Va. The FCC also ordered them to issue refunds to affected customers.

    The FCC's Enforcement Bureau said the two cable operators used its switched digital video technology in these markets, which prevented subscribers with one-way CableCARDs from using their navigation devices to access channels, such as high-definition sports and entertainment channels. The switched digital video technology streams channels to a viewer only when the viewer selects them, instead of streaming all channels at the same time. By doing so, cable operators save bandwidth, giving them more space to deploy HD channels as they compete with satellite TV. The technology needs two-way communication -- the viewer must be able to send signals upstream to choose channels. However, consumers with digital cable-ready TVs and digital video recorders who use one-way CableCARDs instead of cable set-top boxes cannot send signals upstream. The FCC said the two cable operators moved certain channels to switched digital, making them unavailable to users of one-way CableCARDs.

    New York-based Time Warner Cable and Cox, of Atlanta, said that only a small percentage of customers use one-way CableCARDs and switched digital benefits the majority of subscribers. The companies are expected to challenge the ruling.

    FCC Allows Sprint to Reband its 800 MHz Spectrum in Phases

    The FCC granted Sprint Nextel Corporation’s (Sprint) request to vacate its spectrum holdings in the 800 MHz Mid-Band in stages. Sprint previously had until June 26, 2008 to vacate its 800 MHz Mid-Band spectrum, specifically its 800 MHz Interleaved Band (809-815/854-860 MHz) spectrum, Expansion Band (815-816/860-861 MHz) spectrum, and Guard Band (816-817/861-862 MHz) spectrum. Regardless of the pace of its rebanding progress, the FCC will now require Sprint to relinquish its entire non-border spectrum in the Interleaved Band by March 31, 2010, and has adapted its previously established procedures for licensing the vacated spectrum to public safety and critical infrastructure industry entities to clear the spectrum in stages based on the region-by-region progress made by public safety licensees.

    Debate on Web Radio Royalties May Be Nearing Compromise

    A compromise is nearing that would lower royalties that online radio stations pay artists on labels for the rights to stream songs to listeners. As we reported previously, Congress was persuaded on Sept. 30th to pass a bill that makes effective the royalty rate to which the parties agree while lawmakers are in recess. Even if royalties decrease as a result of the compromise, webcasters still must determine how to generate sufficient revenue to cover costs. Profits remain elusive for Internet radio stations that have yet to find a way to profit from streaming music for free.

    The debate stems from a March 2007 decision by the federal Copyright Royalty Board to change fees that Internet radio stations must pay to stream music. Prior to that date, larger webcasters with significant advertising revenue paid .0762 cents per listener per song, and smaller stations with less than $1.25 million in sales paid 10 percent to 12 percent of their revenue. The new policy requires that all stations pay a per-song fee that escalates annually until 2010, when the rate reaches .19 cents. Until 2010, small stations can still pay a percentage of revenue. Webcasters contend that the per-song rate is unfair, considering that satellite radio stations pay 6 percent of their revenue in royalties, with the rate rising to 8 percent in 2012.

    Farewell Interep

    In March 2008, Interep National Radio Sales, a radio advertising and marketing company, announced it was going private through a private equity package led by Oaktree Capital Management. Late last week, Interep filed an emergency motion with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York requesting conversion of its case from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7.

    As it closes its doors, all of Interep’s assets will be sold to pay its investors. Interep’s departure from the market leaves only one other large, national radio advertising and marketing firm: Clear Channel’s Katz Media Group. CBS Radio, one of Interep’s most noteworthy clients, intends to announce a new sales plan soon.

    Motorola to Launch $2,000 Aura Handset Before the Year’s End

    Motorola is set to join the luxury wireless handset market with the release of its $2,000 Aura handset with state-of-the-art hand-craftsmanship. Luxury handsets can cost up to $300,000. The Aura reflects Motorola’s efforts to sustain its profitability and to improve the design of its handsets. No sales plan has been released but most luxury handsets are sold through specialty stores or high-end department stores. The impact of the economic downturn on sales of luxury handsets is unclear. ABI Research reports the luxury handset niche will generate approximately $11 billion by next year and nearly quadruple in the next five years. Nokia is already in the niche with its long-established Vertu handset and LG offers the PRADA Phone by LG. At the height of the Razr craze, Motorola teamed with Dolce & Gabbana to offer a $300 gold-plated Razr v3i.

    Samsung Handset Market Share Increases

    Samsung beat the market’s predictions for number of units shipped in the third quarter with 51.8 million, a 22% increase over the third quarter of 2007 and the first time the company has exceeded 50 million shipped handsets in a quarter. Through aggressive pricing and increased sales in emerging markets, Samsung was able to increase its handset market share to 16.7% from 15% in the prior quarter. Samsung estimates a 10% growth for the fourth quarter of 2008, which is less than previous years but in line with other carriers’ estimates for the holiday season. Samsung aims to ship 200 million handsets by the end of 2008. Rumor has it that Samsung will launch new handsets in the U.S. before the holiday season.

    Great News Sprint Customers! Sprint Reduces Early Termination Fee

    Sprint Nextel has joined the ranks of AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile by deciding to reduce its early termination fee (ETF) as early as December of 2008. Carriers claim ETFs are needed to recover the cost of handset subsidies, a cost that is normally pro-rated over the two year contract period. Chairman Martin proposed a plan to regulate ETFs but his plan may not be necessary if carriers voluntarily reduced their ETFs.

    AT&T is Focusing on Wireless Devices Beyond Handsets

    Glenn Lurie, the former President of AT&T Mobility who negotiated AT&T’s exclusive United States iPhone deal, was appointed to oversee AT&T’s efforts to expand AT&T’s non-handset wireless device offerings using its 3G network. According to Mr. Lurie, the wireless industry is approaching 90% penetration and users are asking for devices that not only connect to the Internet but connect with other wireless devices, such as PCs, Ultra Mobile PCs, and Mobile Internet Devices. Wireless technology may be imbedded in all of these devices and in digital cameras, gaming devices, portable navigation devices, picture frames and medical devices.

    Interactive Television Test Scheduled

    Beginning next month, LIN TV’s television stations serving the Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut market, WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV, will participate in Backchannelmedia's interactive television trial. The trial will be available to a limited group of viewers and advertisers in the market, which will allow viewers to use their remote control to bookmark content that is forwarded to a personal website for viewing at a later time. Backchannelmedia’s system captures view data, which is reported to broadcasters and advertisers. Other stations testing Backchannelmedia’s interactive television system include Hearst-Argyle’s WMUR-TV, Manchester, New Hampshire, and WCVB-TV, Boston, Massachusetts.

    Verizon Wireless and AT&T Add New Customers

    Verizon Wireless added net 1.5 million new post-paid customers last quarter but AT&T added 1.7 million, a company best for a single quarter. Total churn for Verizon Wireless was 1.33% although post-paid churn was less at 1.03%. AT&T experienced total churn of 1.7% and 1.2% for post-paid customers. Verizon Wireless reported $12.7 billion in revenue, an increase of 12.5% over the same quarter of last year. Verizon Wireless’ total subscribers are 70.8 million compared to 74.9 million for AT&T. If Verizon Wireless’ merger with Alltel is completed before the end of this year, Verizon Wireless will add 13 million subscribers and become the largest wireless provider.

    Rural Healthcare Pilot Program Update

    Another healthcare participant in the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care Pilot Program is soliciting bids to help deploy a broadband network to transmit health data. The Missouri Telehealth Network is seeking a provider to assist it in establishing a 2 Gbps statewide dedicated telehealth backbone, enabling new telemedicine services including those requiring high-definition video streaming. The network also will link nearly 32 facilities to an existing network of healthcare facilities and connect to Internet2. The maximum support for the project is $2,374,605. The network posted its bid on October 23, 2008 and the first allowable date on which it may award a contract is November 20, 2008 .

    INDUSTRY CALENDAR

    FCC Rulemakings / Deadlines

    November 3, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: Further Comments Sought on Re-Auction of the 700 MHz D Block and a Public-Private Partnership for Public Safety Communications

    • Reply Deadline: Applications for 35 AWS-1 Licenses Won in Auction No. 78

    • Reply Deadline: Applications for 18 Broadband PCS Licenses Won in Auction No. 78

    November 5, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: Proposed 2009 Local Switching and High-Cost Loop Universal Service Support Formulas (replies due November 20)

    November 10, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: Inquiry Regarding “Hybrid” Satellite-Terrestrial Radio Reception Devices
      (replies due December 9)

    November 12, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Further Comments Sought on Re-Auction of the 700 MHz D Block and a Public-Private Partnership for Public Safety

    November 13, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: Inquiry to Further Strengthen the Administration, Management and Oversight of the Universal Service Fund (replies due December 15)

    November 14, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: FCC Lifts ARMIS Reporting Requirements for Incumbent Carriers, Proposes Industry-Wide Reporting of Public Safety and Broadband Data (replies due December 15)

    November 17, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Create 'Event Radio Services' in the FM Band

    • Comment Deadline: Petition for Rulemaking: Improve Video Programming Emergency Information for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    November 20, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Proposed 2009 Local Switching and High-Cost Loop Universal Service Support Formulas

    November 21, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Inquiry and Proposed Revisions to ‘Sponsorship Identification Rules’ to Address Embedded Advertising

    November 28, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: Request for Increased Operating Power for FM Digital Audio Broadcasting (replies due January 4)

    December 2, 2008

    • Comment Deadline: NTIA and NHTSA on Implementation of E-911 Grant Program

    • Comment Deadline: Rural Cellular Association Seeks Rulemaking to Prohibit Exclusivity Arrangements between Wireless Carriers and Handset (replies due December 22)

    • Comment Deadline: Rural Telecommunications Group, Inc. Seeks Rulemaking to Impose ‘Spectrum Cap’ on Wireless Operators (replies due December 22)

    December 9, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Inquiry Regarding “Hybrid” Satellite-Terrestrial Radio Reception Devices

    December 12, 2008

    • FCC Deadline: Qwest's Request for Forbearance from ARMIS Reporting Requirements

    December 15, 2008

    Reply Comment Deadline: FCC Lifts ARMIS Reporting Requirements for Incumbent Carriers, Proposes Industry-Wide Reporting of Public Safety and Broadband Data

    Reply Comment Deadline: Inquiry to Further Strengthen the Administration, Management and Oversight of the Universal Service Fund

    December 22, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Rural Cellular Association Seeks Rulemaking to Prohibit Exclusivity Arrangements between Wireless Carriers and Handset Manufacturers

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Rural Telecommunications Group, Inc. Seeks Rulemaking to Impose 'Spectrum Cap' on Wireless Operators

    January 4, 2009

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Request for Increased Operating Power for FM Digital Audio Broadcasting

    January 17, 2009

    • FCC Deadline: Embarq’s Request for Forbearance form Contract Tariff Filing Requirements

    January 21, 2009

    • FCC Deadline: Feature Group IP's Request for Forbearance from Application of Access Charges to ‘Voice-Embedded Internet’

    Meetings and Events

    November 4-6, 2008

    • “Broadband Wireless @ Work For You, Changing the Way We Live,” WCA’s 14th Annual International Symposium and Business Expo, Fairmont, San Jose, CA (Scheduled Speaker: Jennifer Richter, Chair of the Patton Boggs Technology and Communications Group)

    November 4, 2008

    • Election Day

    • Federal Communications Commission Open Meeting, 10 am, Washington, DC Headquarters

    November 6, 2008

    • Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services: WCA's 14th Annual International Symposium and Business Expo, San Jose, CA

    National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee Meeting

    November 14, 2008

    • “The Colorado Broadband Summit,” Silicon Flatirons Center Program at Level 3 Communications, Broomfield, CO

    • FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting, Washington, DC

    November 17, 2008

    • Oral Argument: Verizon Telephone Companies v. FCC, No. 08-1012, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

    November 20, 2008

    • FCC-USDA Regional Broadband Workshop in Phoenix, AZ

    December 5, 2008

    • Law and Ethics of Network Monitoring, Silicon Flatirons, Boulder, CO

    February 8-9, 2009

    • The Digital Broadband Migration: Imagining the Internet’s Future, Silicon Flatirons, Boulder, CO

    March 19, 2009

    • Evaluating Software Patents, Silicon Flatirons, Boulder, CO

    Congressional Hearings

    January 6, 2009

    • 111th Congress begins

    Public Safety

    November 5, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 54 in Morris, IL regarding 700 and 800 MHz

    November 18, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 11 in Honolulu, HI regarding 700 and 800 MHz

    November 20, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 24 in Jefferson City, MO regarding 800 MHz

    December 4, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 39 in Nashville, TN 700 MHz

    December 9, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 19 in Putney, VT regarding 700 MHz

    December 16, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 16 in Topeka, KS regarding 700 MHz


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