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The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted an Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, implementing recommendations of its National Broadband Plan for promoting broadband deployment and competition, particularly for rural areas.  The FCC’s Order clarifies and confirms the statutory right of communication providers to use the same space-and-cost-saving techniques that pole owners use themselves, such as placing attachments on both sides of a pole.  The Order also establishes that pole attachers have a statutory right to timely access to poles.  (FCC 10-84, May 20, 2010)

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