Patton Boggs TechComm Industry Update - Week of October 14, 2008

    14 October 2008

    Intercarrier Compensation, Universal Service Reform, Merger Approvals and TV White Spaces Teed Up for November 4th Open Meeting

    FCC Chairman Kevin Martin circulated several items this week for consideration by other Commissioners as part of an aggressive, tentative agenda for the FCC’s November 4, 2008 open meeting. The items include intercarrier compensation and universal service fund (USF) reform, the Sprint-Clearwire and Verizon Wireless – ALLTEL mergers, and unlicensed operation in the TV white spaces. Commissioners need not wait until the open meeting to vote on an item. After three Commissioners vote on a draft order, the remaining Commissioners have 7 days to vote.

    With respect to pending mergers, DOJ decided to take no action to prevent the Sprint-Clearwire merger, and its response to the Verizon Wireless - ALLTEL merger is expected before the FCC’s November 4, 2008 meeting. Chairman Martin noted that it is important for the FCC to act on these mergers in view of current market conditions. In spite of opposition to the Verizon Wireless - ALLTEL merger, FCC sources indicate it is likely to be approved without additional roaming obligations for Verizon beyond those already promised. There are two merger conditions circulating for both mergers: (1) compliance with the FCC’s E911 location accuracy requirements, which is not expected to be an issue for any of the merger parties, and (2) the filing of cost data for service areas in which either company seeks USF high-cost support rather than reliance on the identical support rule. The requirement to file cost data also was a condition in recent RCC, Dobson and ALLTEL merger orders. No additional conditions are expected to be added to the Clearwire merger but net neutrality conditions may be added to the Verizon Wireless order.

    Chairman Martin also is seeking comment from the other Commissioners on an AWS-3 options memo, but reportedly has not received feedback. We understand that a WCS/SDARS order soon will be circulating, specifying final technical rules for the bands and allowing mobile service in the WCS band.

    TV White Spaces Proceeding Update

    The draft TV white spaces order that is circulating proposes to allow the use of unlicensed, mobile devices in the TV white spaces. Chairman Martin predicts that TV white space devices will be commercially available roughly one year after technical and service rules are adopted. The FCC released a report concluding that it is satisfied, under appropriate technical standards, that spectrum sensing in combination with geo-location database access techniques could be used to authorize TV white spaces equipment.

    The proposed power levels for TV white spaces devices depend on the technology used to prevent interference. For mobile devices that only scan the band for other users, power levels will be tightly restricted to 50 mW or below on all channels and 40 mW or below when there is a TV signal in an adjacent band. Mobile devices that use sensing technology and a geolocation database will be permitted to operate with power levels of 100 mW if there is no adjacent channel TV broadcast. Fixed devices with no adjacent TV operations may operate with up to 4 watts of power. The draft order is a win for companies, such as Microsoft and Google, that pushed for unlicensed operations and Motorola, which advocated for the use of geo-location databases.

    USF and Intercarrier Compensation Reforms

    In an effort to modernize the Universal Service Fund (USF), Chairman Martin circulated a draft order proposing the addition of broadband Internet access as a supported USF service and a requirement that any device with a telephone number contribute to the USF. The order also proposes the application of reciprocal compensation rates for all traffic. Under Chairman Martin’s proposal, carriers of last resort who receive USF support for broadband services must commit to constructing broadband services with DSL equivalent speeds over a five year period and extend the service to an additional 20% of their territory each year. If the carrier is unwilling to meet these conditions, a reverse auction to award the committed USF support would be held to find an alternate carrier.

    The draft order also proposes to cap the USF high-cost fund at current rates of contribution and wireless competitive carriers will have to prove high costs in order to be able to receive USF high-cost support. If the wireless carrier or any other carrier in a study area is unable to prove that it qualifies for high-cost USF support then a reverse auction to the committed award USF high-cost support would be held to find another carrier to provide wireless services.

    Chairman Martin’s contribution plan proposes a $1.00 per residential number contribution rate. For business and university lines, the existing interstate revenue-based contribution mechanism would continue. A pilot Lifeline program of several hundred million dollars is also proposed in the order, in which broadband would be made more affordable for low income households.

    Chairman Martin proposed that each state set uniform, statewide compensation rates, replacing the current interstate and intrastate compensation mechanisms. Each state will be responsible for holding its own reciprocal compensation proceeding and for progressively reducing their intrastate compensation level down to, or lower than, the national reciprocal compensation rate. Large carriers support this change because high rural access charge rates will be reduced to a single state-wide rate. The draft order explicitly states that the FCC retains jurisdiction over IP-based traffic.

    In order to help rural carriers recover their costs previously off-set with access charge revenue, subscriber line charge (SLC) caps would be increased and a USF-based recovery mechanism would be created. The SLC would increase from $1.50 to $2.00 for residential customers and the business cap from $5.00 to $11.50. Additional funds would be available from USF for small rate of return carriers and to large rate of return carriers if they prove that their costs exceed their revenue in a particular study area. Depending on the number of carriers requesting support from the USF, the cost of USF payments to rate of return carriers is estimated to be $300-$500 million over the next two years. As part of the overhaul, ISP-bound traffic would be moved to reciprocal compensation.

    Chairman Martin did not comment on whether or not ISP-bound traffic could be separated from other intercarrier compensation reforms if the Commissioners were unable to reach agreement. The FCC, by court order, must adopt ISP-bound traffic compensation rules no later than November 5, 2008, the day after the FCC’s scheduled Open Meeting.

    New RFPs Posted By Rural Health Care Pilot Participants

    As we previously reported, participants in the FCC’s Rural Health Care Pilot Program are posting requests for proposals (RFPs) on USAC’s website, seeking vendors to help design and deploy broadband networks for the purpose of sharing patient data and facilitating telemedicine efforts. The following new RFPs that were recently posted:

    Iowa Health Systems. The RFP was posted on Oct. 6th. The earliest allowable contract date is Nov. 3rd. The new network connections will link approximately 78 health care facilities, including 52 rural facilities, to an existing statewide broadband healthcare network and National LambdaRail. The maximum support for the program is $7.8 million.

    Oregon Health Network. The RFP was posted on Oct. 2nd. The earliest allowable contract date is Oct. 30th. The network will interconnect with existing health networks in Oregon, Internet2 and National LambdaRail to link more than 300 urban and rural facilities. Maximum support for the program is $20.1 million.

    Northeast Health Network (PA, NY). The RFP was posted on Oct. 7th. The earliest allowable contract date is Nov. 4th. This network will facilitate real-time information sharing between approximately 38 mostly rural healthcare facilities and specialists to provide remote diagnosis, treatment and education of patients, and wellness initiatives. Maximum support is $1 .7 million.

     

    FCC Modifies Globalstar’s Space Station License; ATC Modification May Be Next

    Last Friday, the FCC modified Globalstar’s Big LEO authorization for Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) to permit ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) operations throughout 7.775 megahertz of spectrum in the 1610-1617.775 MHz L-band frequencies, and 11.5 megahertz of spectrum in the 2483.5-2495 MHz S-band frequencies, for a total of 19.275 megahertz of ATC spectrum.

    The FCC is still considering a waiver request filed by Globalstar seeking to expand its operations beyond CMDA2000 and IS-95 air interface protocols. Globalstar seeks to amend its ATC authority to include four additional protocols: WiMAX using Time Division Duplex (TDD), Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA), TD-CDMA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) using Frequency Division Duplex. The waiver request also states that Globalstar will lease some of its spectrum to Open Range Communications, Inc. (ORC) under a spectrum manager lease to jointly offer its TDD WiMAX service and plans to use WCDMA, TD-CDMA and LTE with ORC and other potential business partners. Globalstar also seeks a waiver of certain technical satellite requirements. The waiver request was opposed by Sprint Nextel and Iridium Satellite LLC. CTIA filed an ex parte objection.

    Yesterday, Globalstar filed an ex parte letter with the FCC clarifying that Globalstar and ORC will allow customers who subscribe to their proposed MSS/ATC service to upgrade their end-user devices to the next generation device as soon as it is available. The next generation device will be offered at cost with no profit to either Company. It appears from this filing that discussions with staff about Globalstar’s waiver request seem to be progressing and could indicate that FCC will release a decision soon.

    FCC Rejects T-Mobile Claim of AWS-3 Interference to AWS-1

    The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) released a report, Advanced Wireless Service Interference Tests Results and Analysis, examining the potential for harmful interference to AWS-1 operations in the 2110 – 2155 MHz band from proposed AWS-3 operations in the 2155 – 2180 MHz band. The Commission initiated the testing because carriers, like T-Mobile, raised concerns about interference from mobile devices operating in the AWS-3 band if time-division-duplexing (TDD) is allowed

    T-Mobile claims that harmful mobile-to-mobile interference is likely to occur, but the FCC tentatively concluded that AWS-3 devices could operate at a power level of up to 23 dBm/MHz equivalent isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and with out-of-band emissions (OOBE) attenuated by 60 + 10*log(P) dB without a significant risk of harmful interference to the AWS-1 band. The FCC noted, however, that in the past it has adopted less stringent OOBE standards under flexible service rules where licensees and the industry work together cooperatively to manage potential interference.

    Is the Spectrum Cap Coming Back?

    The FCC is seeking comment on a petition filed by the Rural Telecommunications Group, Inc. (RTG) seeking imposition of a spectrum aggregation limit of 110 megahertz for commercial terrestrial wireless spectrum below 2.3 GHz. RTG is a non-profit trade association representing rural wireless carriers serving less than 100,000 subscribers. In its petition, RTG argues that a spectrum cap is necessary to encourage wireless competition. They state that changes in market conditions have allowed large, nationwide operators to consolidate and expand their spectrum holdings and market power to the detriment of wireless consumers.

    The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) Seeks Relief from Handset Exclusivity Arrangements

    The FCC seeks comment on a petition filed by the RCA asking that the Commission initiate a rulemaking to examine the anticompetitive effects of exclusive arrangements between commercial wireless carriers and handset manufacturers. RCA asks the Commission to prohibit such arrangements if they are found to contravene the public interest. RCA claims that large wireless carriers enter into exclusive arrangements with handset manufacturers to exercise monopolistic control over sales prices and market availability of popular handsets like the iPhone. RCA argues that these arrangements prevent rural consumers from having technological choice and therefore deepens the “digital divide” between urban and rural Americans.

    911/E911 Network Reports Due February 6, 2009

    The FCC has announced that 911/E911 network reports are due February 6, 2009. Certain LECs, CMRS providers, and interconnected VoIP service providers must analyze their 911 and E911 networks and systems and file reports addressing redundancy, resiliency and reliability. Certain carriers information from the FCC.

    New Challenges in Tower Co-Location

    With increasing restrictions from local authorities, it is difficult to build a new, traditional steel tower for deployment of wireless services. Communities are insisting on disguised towers such as monopines, a tower that looks like a pine tree, and have required some existing towers to be rebuilt to better blend into the local landscape. However, monopines raise structural integrity issues because they are not made out of steel and may not be appropriate in all geographical areas.

    The demand for tower space is growing as more wireless spectrum is available for deployment, wireless carriers sign-up new customers, and wireless carriers expand service to include data. With each new service, carriers need to increase their capacity, which requires deployment of additional antennas and may require additional tower space. Co-location on existing towers may not be possible due to technical and structural limitations. Changing regulatory obligations, such as back-up power requirements, also increase costs and further limit the space available for co-location. With an eye toward upcoming WiMAX and LTE roll-outs, carriers are signing options and leases for existing towers now in anticipation of future capacity requirements.

     

    When a Tower is Not Possible, Try a Distributed Antenna System (DAS)

    When siting and zoning issues prevent erection of a traditional tower, some carriers are looking to distributed antenna systems (DAS). DAS involves installation of antennas on existing structures such as street lamps and telephone poles, which are powered by remote base stations and are connected with fiber. Large DAS companies include ExteNet Systems, NextG Networks and NewPath Networks. DAS can be costly because fiber is needed to connect stations, more stations are needed to cover the same geographic area as compared to the coverage achieved from a traditional tower, and local authorities or land owners may require specialized installations to “blend” antennas and base stations with existing surroundings. Cost savings are possible in locations where a single set of base stations may be used to provide indoor and outdoor coverage.

     

    Facilities-Based Telecommunications and Broadband Providers May Be Subject to ARMIS Reporting Requirements

    As we previously reported, the FCC granted AT&T forbearance from certain automated reporting (ARMIS) rules and extended forbearance to other incumbent carriers. ARMIS is an automated system for collecting common carrier financial and operating information for submission to the FCC. Carriers are required to report data on costs and revenues, service quality, and network infrastructure.

    In conjunction with that Order, the FCC issued an NPRM seeking comment on whether the FCC should collect ARMIS-like data on an industry-wide basis for all providers of broadband and telecommunications services including ILECs, CLECs, Competitive Access Providers, Resellers, Payphone Service Providers, Interexchange Carriers, Operator Service Providers, Prepaid Calling Card Providers, Toll-free Service Providers, Common Carrier Paging Providers, WCS Licensees, PCS Licensees, 220 MHz Radio Service Providers, SMR Licensees, 700 MHz Licensees, Air-Ground Radiotelephone Service, Aviation and Marine Radio Service, Fixed Microwave Services, Offshore Radiotelephone Service, 39 GHz Service, Wireless Cable Systems, EBS and BRS providers, LMDS Service, 218-219 MHz Service Providers, 24 GHz Licensees, Satellite Providers, Cable and OVS Operators, Electric Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Service, Internet Service Providers, Web Search Portals, and Internet Publishing and Broadcasting Services. Comments are due November 14, 2008 and reply comments are due December 15, 2008.

     

    President Signs Broadband Data Improvement Act

    The President on October 10, 2008, signed into law the Broadband Data Improvement Act. The purpose of S. 1492 is to improve broadband data collection and to promote state measures that spur broadband deployment. The law provides for Commerce Department grants for designated state entities to identify and track the availability and adoption of broadband services. Under the law, the Federal Trade Commission also must provide education to promote safe Internet use by children. The law directs the FCC to issue an order within 120 days of the law’s enactment that will revise or update, if necessary, the existing definitions of advanced telecommunications capability, or broadband; and establish a new definition of second generation broadband to reflect a data rate that is not less than the data rate required to reliably transmit full-motion, high-definition video.

    FCC Clarifies Junk Fax Prevention Act Requirements

    Responding to queries from direct marketers, the FCC recently reiterated its policy that third parties may compile facsimile numbers, as long as the recipient intended to make that number available for public distribution. The related Order on Reconsideration was released on October 14, 2008.

    The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) petitioned the Commission to clarify that the Commission’s Junk Fax Order does not prohibit the use of third-party agencies to gather facsimile numbers from intended recipients’ own directories, web sites or advertisements. The FCC agreed with DMA, noting that the source from which the fax number is obtained and not the identity of the compiler, provides evidence of whether the recipient intended to make the fax number available for public distribution.

    Under the Junk Fax Prevention Act, a sender with an “established business relationship” (EBR) is permitted to transmit an unsolicited fax advertisement if the recipient’s number was obtained through: (1) the voluntary communication of such a number, within the context of the EBR, from the recipient; or (2) a directory, advertisement or site on the Internet to which the recipient voluntarily agreed to make available its facsimile number for public distribution.

    Addressing another DMA concern, the Commission declined to reconsider the duration of an “opt-out” for unsolicited facsimile advertisements. The Commission also clarified the positioning of “opt-out” links on websites. It concluded that a link on a web site home page to an internal page was sufficient and explained that it never intended to mandate that the entire opt-out mechanism appear on the homepage of every sender of unsolicited facsimile advertisements. The intent, rather, is to provide a reasonable means for recipients to locate the sender’s opt-out mechanism in order to avoid future unwanted facsimiles.

    Economic Downturn Likely To Hurt Big Telecom Providers, Wireless Competitors and Internet Companies

    Communications companies may face tougher times ahead. Scarce capital and higher costs to borrow money may mean lower earnings for AT&T and Verizon, analyst Craig Moffett of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company recently told the New York Times. The nation’s two leading telecommunications carriers also could be impacted by lower customer spending, particularly by businesses, and by consumers who continue to substitute wireless phones for home lines as their primary source of contact, Moffett predicted.

    Moffett called AT&T and Verizon “strong and stable credits,” but he noted that even safe stocks could suffer as borrowing costs rise. Higher borrowing costs related to Verizon’s acquisition of Alltel could absorb much of the savings the company expects to achieve from the merger, he said.

    Moffett predicted that the downturn also may impact Sprint Nextel’s strategic options as the company seeks access to funds to build its fourth-generation wireless network through its venture with Clearwire.

    Internet companies also are not immune to the downturn. A UBS analyst last week lowered third-quarter estimates on companies like Yahoo, Google, eBay and Amazon.com, whose shares dropped 8.1 percent, 2.7 percent, 6.2 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively. Although analysts consider Google somewhat better positioned than its peers because of its advertising business model, they say that all Internet companies will be impacted by a decline in consumer spending. Google’s positive third quarter earnings announcement this week prompted its stock to rally on October 17, 2008, but only to where it was a week or two ago. The uncertainty in the global economy makes it difficult to predict how Google and other telecommunications stocks will fare in the long term.

    New Developments in the Portable People Meter Debate

    As we previously reported, Arbitron’s portable people meter (PPM) methodology is raising concerns with Congress, the FCC, the States and the broadcasting industry, including the National Association of Broadcasters and the PPM Coalition. The Coalition of NYC Hispanic and Black Broadcasters and Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) held a press conference on October 10, 2008 in New York City protesting the roll-out of the PPM in New York City. Congresswoman Velázquez noted that the PPM significantly reduced the ratings number for minority radio stations and that Arbitron’s methods do not adequately capture minority listeners because small sample sizes do not include enough minorities or mobile phone-only households. She also noted that Arbitron’s new rating system is so flawed that the Media Ratings Council cannot approve it and that Arbitron’s recently released ratings should be disregarded until a new, more accurate radio listener audience measurement methodology is implemented. The PPM Coalition also released a statement questioning the accuracy of recently released ratings data for September of 2008.

    Separately, Attorneys General from New York and New Jersey sued Arbitron over its use of the PPM. New York alleges that Arbitron is guilty of using deceptive practices by claiming its PPM is valid, fair and accurately represents radio audience diversity. The lawsuit also alleges that Arbitron has not adequately disclosed the serious flaws in its PPM methodology to broadcasters, advertisers, shareholders and the public. Specifically, the PPM methodology under-reports the listening habits of Latinos and African-Americans. New York is seeking an order stopping Arbitron from continuing its deceptive practices and the use of the PPM in New York, requiring Arbitron to pay restitution to minority broadcasters whose revenues have decreased due to the PPM’s inaccurate ratings, and ordering Arbitron to fix its PPM methodology. New Jersey is suing Arbitron on similar grounds and also subpoenaed Arbitron requesting documents regarding Arbitron’s implementation of its PPM system for New Jersey and other markets, materials submitted to the Media Ratings Council, and correspondence between Arbitron and local advertisers and radio broadcasters regarding the implementation of its PPM. In response to the New Jersey lawsuit, Arbitron announced that it was filing a countersuit alleging that it has a First Amendment right to publish its PPM derived ratings based on the United States and New Jersey State Constitutions.

    High-Tech Association Taps MPAA Executive as New President

    The Information Technology Industry Council, which represents Apple, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and other major high-tech companies, announced that Dean Garfield will succeed Rhett Dawson when Dawson retires in December. Garfield is a strategic officer for the Motion Picture Association of America and is best known for ending Internet file-sharing by Grokster and Kazaa. Garfield is the “ideal candidate to lead ITI” as “the merging of information technology, media and content create enormous opportunities and new policy challenges,” said ITI Board Chairwoman Laura Ipsen in a news release.

    Janet McGregor Named NAB COO

    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recently announced that it named Janet McGregor, the former president and CEO of Lockheed Martin Investment Management, as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mike Williams, NAB’s former executive VP of finance and operations, stepped down last week to return to consulting. As COO, Ms. McGregor will also have oversight responsibilities for NAB’s conventions and business operations, science and technology, information technology and administration. Ms. McGregor was given additional responsibility to ensure that NAB’s finances are closely monitored.

     

    INDUSTRY CALENDAR

    FCC Rulemakings / Deadlines

    October 20, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: FCC to Prohibit Wireless Microphones, other Low Power Auxiliary Station Operations in 700 MHz Band after the Digital TV Transition
    • Reply Comment Deadline: Petition for Reconsideration of XM-Sirius Merger Approval
    • Reply Comment Deadline: Two Petitions for Reconsideration of Multiple Tenant Environments (MTEs) Voice Exclusivity Order
    • Petition to Deny Deadline: Applications for 35 AWS-1 Licenses Won in Auction No. 78
    • Petition to Deny Deadline: Applications for 18 Broadband PCS Licenses Won in Auction No. 78
    • Comment Deadline: Wireless Numbering Information in Sprint Nextel-Clearwire Merger

    October 21, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Sorenson Seeks Waiver for Continued Use of ‘Proxy’ Numbers for Video Relay Services (VRS)

    October 22, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Licensing of Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Spectrum in the 2496-2590 MHz Band in the Gulf of Mexico and Unassigned EBS Spectrum

    October 23, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Verizon’s Compliance Plan for Forbearance Relief from Cost Assignment Rules

    October 24, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: CenturyTel Seeks to Convert from Rate-of-Return to Price Cap Regulation

    October 27, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations
    • Reply Comment Deadline: FCC to Collect $312 million in Regulatory Fees in 2008, Considers More ‘Equitable’ Burden among Industry Segments for Future
    • Opposition Deadline: Applications for 35 AWS-1 Licenses Won in Auction No. 78
    • Opposition Deadline: Applications for 18 Broadband PCS Licenses Won in Auction No. 78

    October 29, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: Qwest Compliance Plan for Forbearance Relief from Cost Assignment Rules

    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

    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 (USF)

    November 14, 2008

    • Reply Comment Deadline: FCC Proposes Industry-Wide Reporting of Public Safety and Broadband Data

    November 20, 2008

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

    November 22, 2008

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

    December 2, 2008

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

    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 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 (USF)

    January 17, 2009

    • FCC Deadline: Embarq’s Request for Forbearance from 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

    October 22, 2008

    • FCC Speaker Series: Public Safety First Responders: USDOT Role in 911 Issues

    October 24, 2008

    • NTIA Public Meeting on Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program, Washington, D.C.

    October 28, 2008

    • NTIA Public Meeting on Low-Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program, Las Vegas, NV

    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 6, 2008

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

    November 14, 2008

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

    November 20, 2008

    • FCC-USDA Regional Broadband Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona

     

    Congress

    January 6, 2009

    • 111th Congress begins

     

    Public Safety

    October 22, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 8 in Valhalla, New York, regarding 700 and 800 MHz

    October 23, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 30 in Plattsburgh, New York, regarding 700 and 800 MHz

    October 27, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 42 in Roanoke, Virginia, regarding 800 MHz

    October 29, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 45 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin regarding 700 and 800 MHz

    October 29, 2008

    • Regional Public Safety Planning Committee Meeting for Region 5 in Irvine, California regarding 700 MHz

    November 5, 2008

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

    November 18, 2008

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

    November 20, 2008

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

    December 9, 2008

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

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