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APPA offers July 30 webinar on pole attachment issues

From the July 25, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 25, 2013

By Meghan Riley
Education Coordinator
On Tuesday, July 30, APPA will hold a webinar, Pole Attachment Issues, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

The Federal Communications Commission has enacted sweeping regulatory changes to the federal pole rules and regulations, and a federal court of appeals has upheld these changes. While the FCC's rules do not apply directly to public power utilities, it is likely that the new rules will nevertheless have a significant impact on municipal utilities. Many states have incorporated (or proposed to adopt features of) the federal pole attachment rules into state statutes or administrative law, and communications companies are likely to invoke the new federal rules as benchmarks of reasonableness in negotiating or seeking to renegotiate pole attachment agreements. 

In this webinar, Jim Baller, president, and Sean Stokes, principal—both with the Baller Herbst Law Group—will discuss new FCC access rules, including timelines for utilities to complete pole attachment application, review, and make-ready processes; new FCC telecommunications attachment rate methodology; new rules for wireless attachments; and recent and potential future developments before Congress, states and the courts.

The webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits. 

For more information and to register, visit under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at or 202/467-2919.


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