Congrats to FCC, industry on court ruling on pole-attachment order

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the petition for review in the case of American Electric Power Service Corporation, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America regarding the FCC’s Pole Attachment Order, which upholds the FCC’s 2011 pole attachment order’s reformulation of rates for telecommunications attachers and establishment of the date of accrual for compensatory damages in complaints against utilities. PCIA and The DAS Forum led the effort on behalf of wireless attachers throughout these proceedings and intervened on behalf of the FCC in the current case. This victory lends additional clarity and certainty for our members and speeds the deployment of wireless broadband technologies throughout the country. “The pole attachment order is helping to speed the deployment of wireless broadband by mandating timely, non-discriminatory access to utility poles and technology neutral rates for attachers. It is working as intended to provide the wireless infrastructure industry essential tools to meet skyrocketing consumer demand for wireless data," said PCIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. "The pole attachment order eases deployment of the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and small cell solutions that make up the Heterogeneous Network—or HetNet—that must be built to deliver the wireless broadband capacity and coverage communities increasingly demand.”

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