Wireless Pole Attachment Webinar Series

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Series Description

The rapid and widespread deployment of new small cell wireless broadband facilities has become a priority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, and many states. As a result, public power utilities across the nation are facing increasingly complex wireless pole attachment issues and growing requests for attachments of small cell facilities or distributed antenna systems are creating significant new challenges.

Learn about the latest developments and most significant issues facing public power utilities at the federal, state and local levels, including an in-depth review of 5G. Hear how public power utilities of all sizes are successfully negotiating agreements and managing wireless attachments. Topics include:

  • Developments at the FCC. The FCC has three pending proceedings in which it is considering small cell wireless and other pole-related issues.  The FCC may at any time issue important new rulings in these proceedings. These webinars will keep attendees abreast of the key issues before the FCC and what the FCC is doing about them. Many of these proposals directly impact public power utilities.
  • Developments at BDAC. The FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) is currently finalizing model state and municipal codes.  According to BDAC, when the models are completed, they will probably be presented (presumably with the FCC’s endorsement) to state legislatures and local governments across the country. These webinars will cover the key features of these model codes and how to respond to them. 
  • Developments in the States. Since our last Pole Attachments webinar series (Oct. 2017), several additional states have considered small cell legislation. This series will address these new developments at the state level.
  • Developments at the Local Level. Despite all of the uncertainty surrounding small cell requirements, some members of APPA are developing their own workable solutions with the wireless industry. The Sept. 13 “Lessons from the Field” webinar will provide examples.
  • Developments in Technological/Business/Public Relations Issues. Learn about the technological, business, and public relations issues surrounding 5G and other small cell wireless issues to help separate the myths from the facts about where small cell wireless is heading.

The three-part series includes the following webinars—all held from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Sign up for webinars individually or register for the series at a discounted rate. You’ll also get access to recordings and slides for future reference.

Who Should Participate

Managers, engineers, lawyers, and other representatives of public power utilities that own or control poles, ducts, conduits, towers, buildings, or other facilities that support wireline or wireless communications attachments.


  • Jim Baller, President, Baller, Stokes & Lide, PC, Washington, D.C.
  • Gabriel Garcia, Director & Senior Counsel, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas
  • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy, Kensington, Maryland
  • Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller, Stokes & Lide, PC, Washington, D.C.

Registration Information

Individual webinars: $99 for members; $199 for nonmembers

  • Click on the webinar titles above to register individually.

The 3-part series (discounted rate): $250 for members; $550 for nonmembers


  • You will need a username and password to register. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Log-In/Call-In Information

  • Log-in information for each webinar will be sent out the morning of the event (around 10:30 a.m. Eastern). If you do not receive the reminder email, please call 202-467-2965 or email [email protected].
  • Registration is for one phone line and one computer. If you have multiple employees participating in this webinar from the same organization and all are in the same location, you can have multiple people listen in via speaker phone.
  • You may use voice over internet protocol (VoIP) instead of a phone line. This option allows you to listen to the webinar audio through your computer’s microphone and speakers.


  • Each webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
  • Links to all handouts and an audio recording will be sent out shortly after the webinar.

Submit Questions in Advance

We encourage registrants to submit topics and questions prior to the webinar—email them to [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted online via chat during the webinar.

Contact Us

Have questions? Contact 202-467-2921 or [email protected].