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New York State Public Service Commission Adopts Wireless Pole Attachment Reforms

In an order adopted on March 14, 2019, the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC” or “Commission”) established a new process for telecommunications companies to attach wireless equipment to existing utility poles (the “Order”), identifying clear time frames and rates for the first time in New York. The Order was adopted as a long-anticipated response to a 2016 petition filed by CTIA – The Wireless Association that had requested an update and clarification regarding wireless pole attachments. The Order (1) establishes an interim pole attachment rate for wireless attachments; (2) establishes interim timelines for processing pole attachment applications and make-ready work; and (3) extends the Commission’s existing dispute resolution process to wireless attachment applications.

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