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HTMLFCC Radio Licenses: Saving Paper Doesn't Change Notice Requirements
James R. Hobson; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
Many municipal governments and special districts, especially public safety departments, hold radio licenses or antenna structure permits from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is proposing to save paper and staff time by making the authorizations stored on agency databases...


HTMLCPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises under the Digital Infrastructure...


HTMLCPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 26, 2014
The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state: Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Local governments and schools may want to...


HTMLComments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions
Gail A. Karish, Joseph Van Eaton; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
Last week the FCC made two important announcements concerning its review of the applications filed for approval of the Comcast - Time Warner Cable - Charter cable merger and spin off transactions, and at the same time the agency formally started the time clock running on its review. The FCC...


HTMLUSDA Announces Economic Development Grants to Rural Communities
Gerard L. Lederer, Seth Merewitz; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014
New grants from the United States Department of Agriculture will help promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. The Rural Business Opportunity Grants, announced May 2, will be awarded on a competitive basis.


HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Holds That Local Governments May Open Meetings With Sectarian Prayer
Matthew K. Schettenhelm, Jake Vollebregt; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 9, 2014, previously published on May 6, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is constitutional for a town board to begin its monthly meeting with ceremonial invocations — even those that include sectarian references. According to Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al. (No. 12-696), decided on Monday, a local government...


HTMLFCC Seeks Additional Input to Improve E-Rate School & Library Technology Program
Tyree K. Dorward, Gerard L. Lederer, Matthew K. Schettenhelm; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014
The Federal Communication Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released a second public notice seeking focused comment on three issues raised in the E-rate Modernization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Comments in the proceeding are due by April 7, and reply comments are due by April...


HTMLFCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Public Safety Communications Spectrum
Tamara Bogosian, Paul A. Cappitelli, James R. Hobson, Gail A. Karish, G. Ross Trindle; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 23, 2014, previously published on January 17, 2014
The FCC recently called for comments on proposed changes to the 4.9 GHz public safety communications licensing rules, including making non-public safety entities eligible users, requiring more specific data from applicants, and imposing formal frequency coordination. If your public safety services...