papers and presentations of Clarence a. west : 1992-2012

· "The Upcoming 2013 Texas Legislative Session and Cable, Telecom, Rights-of-Way Issues", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors ("TATOA"), Oct. 25, 2012, San Antonio, Texas.


·"Transition from Local City Franchise to PUC/State Issued Cable Franchise", Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO), June 21, Round Rock, Texas, and to the Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors ("TATOA"), Oct. 25, 2012, San Antonio, Texas.


·"State/PUC Cable Franchising: 2011 Amendments by SB 1087 (Texas Utilities Code, Chapter 66)", Texas Association of Telecommunications Officials and Advisors
(TATOA), Austin, Texas, Oct. 27, 2011; and to:
Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utility Issues ("TCCFUI"), TCCFUI 2011 Legislative Wrap-Up Conference, Irving, Texas, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.


· "The 'Wonderland' of Telecommunications Law: Law Chasing Technology for Ten Years, Municipality Rights-of-Way Compensation by Certificated Telecommunication Providers and the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Access line fees Under Chapter 283 since 2000", Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utility Issues ("TCCFUI") "Back to the Basics" Seminar, Sept. 17, 2010, Irving, Texas.

· "PUCT, Access Lines and the next Texas Legislative Session", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors ("TATOA"), July 29, 2010, Dallas, Texas.

· "Municipality as Property Owner: Over 100 years of Municipal Public Rights-of-Way Access and Compensation, Law Chasing Technology: From the Telegraph to the Internet", University of Texas School of Law: Telecom, Cable and Wireless Conference, May 28, 2010, Austin, Texas.

· "Telecommunications and Cable Legislation and Recent Cases, Legislative Wrap-Up", TCCFUI, August 21, 2009, Dallas, Texas.

· "Maximize Franchise Revenues from Telephone and Cable Companies", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, Aug. 6, 2009, Houston, Texas.

· "Recent Activities Concerning SB5 State-Issued Cable Franchises: Litigation, PUC and Legislative Transition and PEG Fee Issues", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, Aug. 8, 2008, Ft. Worth, Texas.

· "Recent Statutory Changes on how to Calculate Rights of-Way Fees: Telecom, Electric, and Cable", Texas City Managers Association, Texas Municipal League ("TML") Annual Conference, June 28, 2008, Arlington, Texas.

· "Telecommunication and Cable/Video Legislative and PUC Update of Issues that Impact Cities", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, August 2, 2007, Austin, Texas.

· "Taxes, Fees or Rent?? A review of which separate line item "non-service" customer charges on the telephone bill are "taxes", which ones are not; what are they for; and to whom are they paid.", Texas Public Policy Foundation-
Fifth Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature, February 8, 2007, Austin, Texas.

· "Pending and Upcoming Telecommunication, Cable-Video Legislative and PUC Issues that Impact Cities", Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, October 26, 2006, Austin, Texas.

· "SB 5-Section by Section Analysis of Chapter 66, Texas Utilities Code, State-Issued Cable and Video Service Franchise", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, September 21, 2006, San Antonio, Texas.

· Pending and Upcoming Telecommunication Law Legislative Issues that Impact Cities" , State Bar of Texas, Public Utility Law Section Annual Seminar, August 18, 2006, Austin, Texas.

· "So How Does SB 5 Look in the Rear View Mirror? A Section by-Section Analysis of SB 5-State issued Cable Franchise and PUC Implementation Activities that Impact Cities", Texas City Attorneys Association, Semi-Annual Conference, June 15, 2006, South Padre Island, Texas.

· "Municipalities' Long-Standing Authority to Require Value Based Compensation for the Use of the Public Rights-of-Way from Telecommunication Providers", Presented on behalf of TCCFUI, to Texas Senate Business and Commerce Committee and House Regulated Industries Committee, June 12, 2006.

· "Recent PUC Activities on Telecommunication and Rights-of way Issues that Impact Cities", Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utility Issues, Regional Seminar, April 7, 2006 , Corpus Christi, Texas.

· "SB 5-Section by Section Analysis of Chapter 66, Texas Utilities Code, State-Issued Cable and Video Service Franchise", University of Texas School of Law: Telecom, Cable and Wireless Conference, March 9-10, 2006, Austin, Texas.

· "Summary of Texas Cable and Telecommunication Association's Lawsuit Challenging the Lawfulness of Senate Bill 5", Texas Municipal League ("TML") and Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utility Issues, Conference on Cable Competition Under SB 5, The Effects on Cities, Dec. 2, 2005, Austin Texas.

· "Recent Public Utility Commission Rule, Section 26.469, Concerning Procedure for Conducting an 'Authorized Review' of a Telecommunication Provider's Access Line Reports", Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, October 28, 2005, Grapevine, Texas.

· "Comments on Pending Statewide Cable and Video Service Franchise Legislation and Recent Public Utility Commission Rule on Procedure for Conducting an 'Authorized Review' of Access Line Reports", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, August 4, 2005, Dallas, Texas.

· "Legal Issues Surrounding the Triple Play Including Legal Update on VoIP, Municipal Regulation and Franchise Fees, i.e. Does a Change in the Technology Used to Deliver the "Triple Play" of Services Change a Municipality's Right to Fair and Reasonable Compensation for Use of that Public Right-of-Way?" Panelist, University of Texas School of Law, Telecommunications Law Conference, March 9-10, 2005, Austin, Texas.


· "Recent PUC Activities on Telecommunication and Rights-of way Issues that Impact Cities", Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utility Issues, Regional Seminar, Nov. 12, 2004, Lubbock, Texas.

· "Recent PUC Activities that Impact Cities (and other Miscellanea of Importance)", Texas Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors, August 14-15, 2004, Austin, Texas.

· Time Warner VoIP and Cities - What does it mean ?", Article, Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Newsletter, (Vol. 1, Issue 3, Fall 2003)

· "Compensation for Different Uses of City Rights-of-Way", Texas City Attorneys Association, Semi-Annual Conference, June 11-13, 2003, South Padre Island, Texas.

· "Municipal Authority to Mange the Public Rights-of-Way under Federal and State Law as to Telecommunication Providers", Texas City Attorneys Association, Semi-Annual Conference, June 6-7, 2002, South Padre Island, Texas.

· "Municipalities and Telecommunication Providers under Chapter 283 of the Local Government Code (HB 1777)-Regulatory Update as to Public Utility Commission Proceedings", Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, May 7, 2002, Austin, Texas.

· "What Every City Should Ask (1) The Aggregation Entity Before it Joins; (2) The Retail Electric Provider Before It Contracts; (3) The Wire Line Utility Before January 1, 2002", Texas Municipal League, Electric Deregulation Workshop, Aggregation Panel, August 10, 2001, Austin, Texas.

· "Pending H.B. 1777 Right-of-Way and Compensation Implementation Issues before the Texas Public Utility Commission", National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Administrators Regional Conference ("NATOA"), May 9, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

· "Prince George's County Franchise Fee Case Vacated and Remanded by the Fourth Circuit on State Law Issues", International Municipal Lawyers Association, May 19, 2000, Washington, D.C.

· "Municipal Authority to Manage the Public Rights-of-Way and House Bill 1777", North Texas City Managers Association, March 31, 2000, Richardson, Texas

· "State Court Limits City's Franchise Fees to Costs of Maintaining Rights-of-Way, Chattanooga Franchise Fee Case - It's A Local Train," Article, Newsletter of the Municipal Contracts, Franchises and Technology Section, International Municipal Lawyers Association (Vol. 4, No. 1, Feb., 2000).

· "South Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Percentage Franchise Fee," Article, Newsletter of the Municipal Contracts, Franchises and Technology Section, International Municipal Lawyers Association, (Vol. 3, No. 5, Dec. 1999).

· "Telecommunication Franchising and House Bill 1777 Workshop", Workshop by Texas Municipal League, Special Issues to Cities, October 11, 1999, Dallas, Texas

· "Local Franchise Issues: Effective Negotiating Techniques: Municipal Perspective", Local Telecommunications Infrastructure Options, Law Seminar International. Co-Chair and Presentation, Dallas, Texas, June 11, 1999.

· "Federal District Court Holds That Franchise Fees Must be Based Upon Cost," Article on Prince George's County case, Newsletter of the Municipal Contracts, Franchises and Technology Section, International Municipal Lawyers Association, (Vol. 3, No. 3, June, 1999).

· "Recent Telecommunications Case Law and Pending Cases, 1998 Telecom Litigation in Texas and Selected Cases Outside the State", Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utilities Issues Conference, January, 1999, Austin, Texas.

· "'Fair and Reasonable Compensation . . . For Use of the Public Rights-of-Way' - What Does it Mean?", National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, San Diego, California (September 11, 1998).

· "'Resellers' and 'Rebundlers' of Telecommunications Services in Texas Do Not Need City Consent," Article, Newsletter of the Municipal Contracts, Franchises and Technology Section, International Municipal Lawyers Association, (Vol. 3, July 1998).

· "A Discussion of Franchising, Franchise Fees and Telecommunications Service Providers in Texas," presented written and oral testimony to the Legislative Committee on Municipal Franchise Agreements for Telecommunications Utilities on behalf of the Texas Coalition of Cities on Franchised Utilities Issues, Houston, Texas (March 19, 1998).

· "Preserving Your Rights-of-Way and S.B. 1937", Texas Municipal League Conference, Fort Worth, Texas (October 31, 1997).

· "Municipal Telecommunications Issues", Texas City Attorney Association, Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas (October 30, 1997).

· "Current Municipal Telecommunications Issues", Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, San Antonio (August 11, 1997).

· "Local Government Impact of Recent Federal and State Telecommunications Laws", State Bar of Texas, Government Lawyer Section (June 27, 1997).

· "The SPCOA's Are Coming - The SPCOA's Are Coming and Are They Trying to Devaluate Your Right-of-Way by 21.6%? (Don't Believe All Those Rumors about FCC/State Pre-Emption)," Article, Texas City Attorney's Association Newsletter (Spring 1997).

· Federal Broadband Law and The Telecom­munica­tions Act of 1996: Special Report (Huber, Kellogg and Thorne), Book Review, "The Houston Lawyer", Vol. 34, No. 2, Sept./Oct. 1996.

· "Knock, Knock, Let Me In -- An Overview of the Legal Issues Surrounding Building Access for Telecommunication Service Providers", Law Firm of Dow, Cogburn & Friedman (1996).

· "Assessing the Impact on Local Governments of the Telecommunications Act of 1996", Panel Moderator, International Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas. (1996)

· "Wireless Communications and its Impact on Local Governments", Wireless Communications Technology Conference, Washington Council of Governments, Washington, D.C., 1996.

· "Cable and (TELCOM) Franchising After the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Amended Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act of 1995", Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference, 1996, Austin, Texas.

· "The Information Highway Must Pay Its Way Through Cities: A Discussion of the Authority of State and Local Governments to be Compensated for the Use of Public Rights-of-Ways", 95 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 2 (1995)at: http://www.mttlr.org/volone/west.html ).

· "Franchising and Contracting Issues for Local Governments," Moderator, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers ("NIMLO") Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois. (1995).

· "Primer on Emerging Telecommunication Service and Issues", Telecommunication and Information Task Force, Public Technology, Inc. ("PTI"), Houston, Texas (1995).

· "Telecommunication Legislation and Federal Regulation Update", Public Technology, Inc. Annual Conference, San Diego, California (1995).

· "State and Federal Telecommunication Legislation and Federal Regulation Update", Texas Municipal League Annual Conference, Dallas Texas (1995).

· "The National Information Super Highway Must Pay Its Way Through Cities", Article, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference News Quarterly (Summer 1994, Vol. 2, No. 4).

· "Uncompensated Appropriation of State and Local Rights-of-Way for Telecommunication Service Providers," Article, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers), 35 Municipal Attorney 100 (1994).

· "Telecommunications and the Law", Article, "Local Government Roles and the Choices on the Information Superhighway-Tenants or Architects of the Telecommunications Future?", Public Technology, Inc., 1994.

· "Local Franchising Requirements (and Obligations) in Providing `Video Dialtone' Service", Article, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, 35 Municipal Attorney 158 (1994).

· "Local Regulatory Role of Cities Over `Nontraditional' Cable Television Systems (or What You Can Do With Those Other Guys -- HSD, DBS, SMATV, MDS and Telephone and Cable Television and other Telecommunication Service Providers)", National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors Annual Conference, 1994 , Reno, Nevada.

· "The Cable and Telecommunication Revolution", Panel Moderator, Mid-Year Seminar of the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, 1994, Washington, D.C.

· "Practical Aspects in the Pursuit of Franchise Fee Claims - Vigilance has its Rewards", Annual Conference of the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, 1992, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.