Appeals court upholds FCC's policy on paying for pole attachments

02/27/2012 | Broadcasting & Cable

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit turned down a petition by Gulf Power challenging the Federal Communications Commission's policy on pole-attachment payments, saying the federal 11th Circuit had already decided the issue in a case involving Alabama Power. The appeals court upheld the FCC's interpretation of federal law under the Telecom Act of 1996, saying that having to rearrange connections on a pole did not mean that the pole was "at capacity," as defined in the law.

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