Virtual Course

Pole Attachments: Making Sense of the Legal and Regulatory Tug of War

Examine the latest key federal and state legal and regulatory developments that could affect who has access to public power utility poles and streetlight poles, the timeframe for deployment, and the allowable rates for these attachments.
October 7, 2021
12:00pm EDT - 3:30pm EDT

Virtual Training

This new, virtual offering provides the opportunity to interact with the instructor, your industry peers, and earn continuing education credits. This course combines real-time presentation, polling questions, case studies, a small group breakout session, Q&A and group discussion.

Continuing Legal Education accreditation (CLEs): The American Public Power Association will apply for Continuing Legal Education accreditation in the following mandatory CLE states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

Timing

Attend one real-time session from Noon – 3:30 p.m. Eastern on October 7. There will be a 15-minute break incorporated into the session.

Course Overview

As certain stakeholders push for increased and expedited broadband deployments in the wake of Covid-19, other entities continue a parallel effort at the federal and state level to regulate access to utility poles for fiber and small cell wireless deployments. 

Examine the latest key federal and state legal and regulatory developments that could affect who has access to public power utility poles and streetlight poles, the timeframe for deployment, and the allowable rates for these attachments.  

Course Topics

  • Federal and state developments on pole attachment regulations and laws
  • Who’s who on each side of the issue
  • Potential effects on public power operations
  • Likely deployment timeframes and allowable rates

Recommended for

  • Lawyers
  • Managers
  • Engineers
  • Representatives of public power utilities that own or control poles, ducts, conduits, towers, buildings, or other facilities that support wireline or wireless communications attachments.

Course Level 

Basic: No prerequisites; no advanced preparation. 

Technology Requirements

  • Zoom Meeting Application: Attendees are required to have strong Internet access, in order to run the Zoom meeting platform. Click here to learn more about downloading the Zoom Web Client.
  • Audio/Webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will also need a webcam, so you can fully engage in the small group breakout session and group discussions. 

Course Access and Materials

  • Zoom Links: Zoom log in credentials will be sent out 24 hours before the start of the first session.
  • Course Materials: Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure online document portal the day before the course, where the eManual will be made available.
  • Recording: The session will be recorded and can be accessed through APPA’s document portal (within two weeks after the program concludes), in case you can’t attend the live class. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days. Note: Continuing education credits can only be issued for attending live sessions. 

Accreditation

The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing the live session (click here to review requirements). Certificates will be emailed by October 21. 

Recommended CEUs .3/PDHs 3.25/CPEs 3.8/CLEs (see accreditation tab)
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Instructors 

jim ballerJim Baller is a Partner at Keller & Heckman and advises clients in matters involving complex factual, legal, and policy issues. Jim collaborates with legal, financial, accounting, engineering, and other technical experts to assist state, regional, and local government entities in making comprehensive telecommunications plans, establishing state-of-the-art communications systems, developing strategic partnerships, and integrating right-of-way and zoning ordinances, franchises, licenses, pole-attachment agreements, contracts, forms, permits and other related documents. 

seanmSean Stokes is a Partner at Keller & Heckman and advises clients in cases involving complex factual, legal, and policy issues, and multiple parties. His clients include national and state utility associations, municipal leagues, and numerous public and private entities throughout the U.S. Sean collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams of legal, financial, engineering, and other technical experts, assisting clients in making comprehensive telecommunications and broadband plans.
 

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

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Registration fees

  • $350 for members
  • $700 for nonmembers

Not a member? Join today and save on your course registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

Group Discounts

Save an additional $50 on each when your organization registers 5 or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!  

Number of registrants

Discount
(per person)

Member
Registration Fee

Nonmember
Registration Fee

1-4

n/a

$350

$700

5-9

$50

$300

$650

10-14

$100

$250

$600

15+

$150 $200 $550

Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

Cancellations/No-Show/Refunds/Substitution

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 30, 2021 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after October 7 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by October 7 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 week out: You’ll receive a more comprehensive logistics/prep email a week out from the class.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in link the day before class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected]

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]

Earn While You Learn!

Participate in online programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs), Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs) and Continuing Legal Education credits (CLEs). This course is eligible for the following credits:

Recommended CEUs .3/PDHs 3.25/CPEs 3.8/CLEs (see accreditation tab)
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending the live this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of the live session and complete an online evaluation at the end—that equates to 190 of the potential 210 minutes of the class.
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within 2 weeks of the class (for those who meet the requirements). 
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within 1 week of the session), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events. Recordings will be accessible for 90 days after course.

IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs): The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendee transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits: The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org. Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected]

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Continuing Legal Education accreditation (CLEs): The American Public Power Association will apply for Continuing Legal Education accreditation in the following mandatory CLE states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ana Mejia at [email protected]

The number of CLE credits varies by state and is decided by each state bar association.

Format and Log-In Information

This class will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. Presented in a live 3.5-hour interactive session, featuring polling questions, real-world examples, a small group breakout session, Q&A and group discussion 

  • You’ll receive a logistics email one week in advance of the class.
  • You will receive your Zoom access link 24 hours in advance of the class from the APPA Academy <[email protected]>. Please reach out to [email protected] if you do not receive that email.

Communication

  • 24 hours after registering: You’ll receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, which contains some preliminary information.
  • 1 week out: You’ll receive a more comprehensive logistics/prep email a week out from the start of the class.
  • 24 hours before: 
    • You’ll receive your Zoom log in links the day before the class (sent from the APPA Academy’s Zoom account <[email protected]>)
    • You’ll also receive a final logistics email 24 hours in advance of the class (directly from the [email protected]). 
  • If you don’t receive this correspondence, email [email protected] or call 202-467-2965.

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. Then, visit Zoom.us/test to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the meeting).

  • Internet access: You will need a strong Internet connection to run the Zoom meeting platform. 
  • Audio and webcam: You will need to enable computer audio to listen and speak (alternatively a call-in number will be provided) and you will need a webcam to fully engage in the small group breakout exercises and discussions. 

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.

Questions?

Registration/Billing
Email: [email protected]

Schedule/Content/Accreditation
Email: [email protected]