FCC Can't Dictate Utility Pole Charges, DC Circ. Told

Law360, Washington (January 23, 2013, 3:17 PM EST) -- A group of electric utility companies told a D.C. Circuit panel Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission abused its discretion when it limited what utility pole owners could charge telecommunications companies for attaching their lines on existing poles, saying Congress never gave the agency that power.

While the FCC told the panel that its rulemaking was attempting to narrow the gap between the attachment fees electric utility companies charge telecommunications companies and cable companies, the petitioners claimed that wasn't a problem the agency was allowed to...
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