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Legal and Regulatory Update on Wireless Pole Attachments: The FCC, the Courts, and Congress

Learn about the FCC's Small Cell Order and its requirements and impacts related to public power utilities.
November 5, 2019
2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern

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Webinar Description

It has been one year since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted sweeping regulations related to 5G small cell wireless installations including on utility poles. The new rules for the first time subject public power utility poles and other government-owned facilities to federal “oversight” of rates, terms, and conditions. The American Public Power Association is currently appealing the FCC's Order. At the same time, many states have adopted new wireless siting requirements and Congress has introduced legislation that would further restrict local government and public power control over utility infrastructure.


  • Provide an overview of federal poles attachment regulations
  • Discuss the FCC’s Small Cell Order and its requirements on public power utilities 
  • Status of the litigation of the FCC's Order, including the Association's legal arguments.
  • Update on Congressional and state legislative activities with respect to small cell installations

Series Description

Participate in this three-part series to learn about the latest legal and regulatory developments, as well as the most significant issues facing public power utilities at the federal, state, and local levels with respect to these attachments—including an in-depth review of 5G wireless technologies (to separate fact from hype). The series will explore how public power utilities of all sizes are successfully negotiating agreements and managing wireless attachments and, in some case, seizing new business opportunities presented by these facilities.

Recommended for

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.
  • Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide PC, Washington, D.C.

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Have questions? Contact 202/467-2997 or [email protected]


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Individual webinars: $109 for members; $209 for nonmembers

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The 3-part series (discounted price): $275 for members; $550 for nonmembers

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