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American and Canadian courts rule on utility pole access by cable companies

News | 01/29/2002 5:00 am EST

Echoing an argument currently underway in Canadian courts, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that the Federal Communications Commission has the right to set fees that utilities charge cablecos for pole access. A similar appeal from the Canadian Cable Television Association is before the Canadian Supreme Court. Lorne Abugov of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Dana Frix of O’Melvany & Myers offer Network Letter their assessment of the ruling and what it means for the North American telecom market.

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