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FCC Proposes to Extend DTV Viewability Rule for Cable Systems

February 21, 2012
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[Editor's Note:  Bob Primosch is a Partner with the communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, Washington, D.C. (rprimosch at wbklaw dot com)] The FCC has issued a Fourth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to consider whether it should continue enforcing its “DTV viewability rule” for cable television systems.  In addition, the FCC will consider whether certain…

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FCC Reinstates Video Description Rules, But More To Come

September 13, 2011
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[Editor's Note: Robert Primosch is a Partner with the Washington, D.C.-based, communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP] Providers of video, voice and/or data services (and their vendors) should be tracking the FCC’s implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“Accessibility Act”).   Congress passed this legislation to provide the disabled community…

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New Pole Attachment Rules Deserve a Look

Typical utility pole with attachments

[Editor's Note: Robert Primosch is a Partner with the Washington, D.C.-based, communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP] OK, I’ll admit it – the title doesn’t scream “beach reading.”  That being said . . . 1.         So what’s happening? The FCC recently lowered the rates providers of telecommunications services pay to utilities for pole attachments.  It…

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Spectrum For Research and Testing – New Rules, New Issues

February 11, 2011
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Spectrum For Research and Testing – New Rules, New Issues

[Editor's Note: Bob Primosch is a Partner with the Washington, D.C.-based, communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP] The FCC is considering rule changes that would make it easier for educational institutions, medical facilities, equipment manufacturers and others to research and test new wireless devices and services on existing spectrum.  By reducing paperwork burdens, shortening…

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FCC’s Multiple Front Offensive to Solve Wireless Backhaul Demands

November 22, 2010
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[Editor's Note:  Bob Primosch is a Partner with the Washington, D.C.-based, communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP]  According to a recent report published by Cisco, online video now accounts for more than 25% of all broadband traffic. In all likelihood that number will only go up, straining the capacity of existing backhaul alternatives. The FCC thus…

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