On September 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would significantly change the procedural rules governing formal pole attachment complaint proceedings filed under Section 224 of the federal Communications Act (47 U.S.C. § 224). The FCC has included the proposed changes in a broader rulemaking aimed at consolidating, revising, and streamlining rules currently governing formal complaints for pole attachments (Section 224), common carriers (Section 208), and communications accessibility (Sections 255, 716 and 718) (“ACS”), in order to enable parties and the FCC to “more promptly and efficiently resolve” disputes. Update: Comments are due on or before October 26, 2017; reply comments are due on or before November 13, 2017.

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