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Analog to Digital Conversion

Background on the FCC's requirement for all MVPDs to help educate consumers about the transition from Analog to Digital with regard to communication to subscribers about the change and what it might mean for their different customers in different circumstances.

Antenna Restrictions in MDUs Under the OTARD Rules

This Memorandum attempts to outline the sort of restrictions that an MDU owner or other property manager (including a condominium or homeowners’ association) may impose on the placement of antennas without violating the OTARD rule.

CALEA

The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) is a wiretapping law enacted by Congress in 1994. CALEA’s purpose is to enhance the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct electronic surveillance by requiring that telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecom equipment modify and design their equipment, facilities and services to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities, allowing federal agencies to monitor all telephone, broadband internet and VoIP traffic in real time.

Competitive Networks

2001 Comments from ICTA to the FCC regarding Promotion of Competitive Networks in Local Telecommunications Markets

 

Compliance with CALEA

Information about the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), including November 6, 2006 memo describing the basics of CALEA and what the FCC requires communications companies to do to comply with the Act.

Condominium Statutes

Most (if not all) States have provisions in their condominium statutes that allow the owners’ association, after control over the condominium’s governing body is transferred from the developer to a voting majority of condominium owners other than the developer, to cancel service agreements entered into by the developer prior to such transfer of control.

Declaratory Ruling on Inside Wiring Rules - Sheetrock Order

This FCC Report and Order and Declaratory Ruling is the FCC filing that clarifies the inside wiring rules for operators.

Definition of Cable Operator

Title IV of the Federal Communications Act (as well as the franchising laws of states and localities) regulates “cable services” provided by a “cable operator.

Emergency Alert System Rules (EAS)

The September 24, 1997 Commission adoption of a Second Report and Order (FCC 97-338 ), modifying the Emergency Alert System (EAS) requirements as they apply to wired and wireless cable systems.  September 24, 1997, the Commission adopted a Second Report and Order (FCC 97-338 ), which modified the Emergency Alert System requirements as they apply to wired and wireless cable systems and small franchised cable television operators.

Entertainment Connections Inc. (ECI)

Entertainment Connections, Inc.'s motion for declaratory ruling that it is not a cable operator required to obtain a franchise under Section 621 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.  Conclusion regarding cable operator as defined by the Communications Act.