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FCC order creating “shot clock” for state and local tower siting review is challenged
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Not unexpectedly, the FCC’s November order establishing a "shot clock" under which state and local governments must review and act upon tower siting requests has been challenged by several government entities


Issuance of Bureau’s first Enforcement Advisories
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On January 15, Bureau Chief Michelle Ellison announced a new initiative with the release of the first Enforcement Advisories addressing consumer protection issues


Telecom taxes
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Both houses of Congress introduced bills in 2009 affecting telecom-related taxes


FCC asks for extension until March of delivery for National Broadband Plan; broadband mapping grant awards issued on rolling basis
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On January 7, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski asked for a one-month extension of the deadline to deliver the National Broadband Plan ("NBP") to Congress


Unauthorized assignments of licenses
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On December 14, 2009, the Bureau released an order adopting a Consent Decree with BNSF Railway Co. (“BNSF”) terminating an investigation of BNSF’s compliance with Section 310(d) of the Communications Act in connection with the sale to another railroad of BNSF’s communication system for a portion of railroad track


Intercarrier compensation developments
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

A number of long-pending access charge and other intercarrier compensation issues were finally clarified in the last couple of months


Spectrum inventory bills
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The House is considering two bills aimed at making more spectrum available to support wireless communications


Wireless microphones and other unlicensed devices must vacate the 700 MHz band by June
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The FCC unanimously voted to adopt an Order prohibiting the "manufacture, import, sale, lease, offer for sale or lease, or shipment of wireless microphones and other low power auxiliary stations intended for use in the 700 MHz band."


Specifications for wireless alert system are announced
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The FCC and Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the adoption of design specifications for the Commercial Mobile Alert System ("CMAS"


700 MHz reauction and wireless phone in prisons
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Both houses of Congress are working on the 2010 appropriations bill, which includes a provision directing the FCC to reauction the 700 MHZ D Block