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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Industry News – 7/31/20

Utilities cannot impose a “blanket ban” on attachments to utility poles.  So says the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau in a declaratory ruling released Wednesday in response to a petition filed by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Associations.  The WCB ruling concludes that a ban is inconsistent with requirements that any denial of access be specific to […]


Industry News – 7-24-20

During its Summer Policy Summit this week the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ board of directors approved a resolution asking Congress to reject HR 7160, legislation which would allow non-ETC designated entities to receive federal USF support for broadband deployment.  


Congress – 7/10/20

There were two congressional forays of note this week regarding broadband availability. The first is Arizona Republican Representative Tom O’Halleran’s Broadband Adoption and Opportunity Act which is designed to leverage public-private partnerships to refurbish internet-capable devices for students and underserved families to keep them connected. The second is California Democrat Anna Eshoo’s National Broadband Plan […]


Industry News – 7-3-20

The latest round in the battle over whether the governor or the legislature can end a disaster declaration went to Governor Wolf this week in the form of a split decision of the state Supreme Court. Writing for the majority, Justice David Wecht offered that the legislature may regret giving the governor the power to […]