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Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Would Impose Substantial New Obligations on Vendors Selling Interconnected Devices to the U.S....

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a bipartisan group of four Senators from the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus introduced legislation designed to improve the cybersecurity of devices purchased by the U.S. government and – albeit...more

White House Releases Cybersecurity Executive Order

On May 11, 2017, the White House released its long-awaited Executive Order on cybersecurity (EO). The EO directs Executive Branch agencies to develop plans to assess and improve the cybersecurity of their own operations,...more

The Latest with the FCC's Open Internet Order [Audio]

Attorneys Chris Savage, Peter Karanjia, and Dan Reing discuss the history and rationale of the Open Internet Order and the motivation and implications of the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision. The FCC’s assumption affirms that...more

Divided D.C. Circuit Panel Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2015 order adopting its Open Internet rules against a wide range of legal challenges. (Our advisory describing the FCC’s rules can be found here.) In a detailed and lengthy...more

Interconnected VoIP Providers Gain Direct Access to Telephone Numbers

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain direct access to telephone numbers. Once the process takes effect (after approval by...more

“Enhanced” Transparency Requirements Expand Current Disclosure Obligations (But Temporarily Exempts Smaller Providers)

The Order does not formally modify the text of the existing “transparency” rule, which was upheld by the D.C. Circuit in Verizon v. FCC in 2014. However, the Order does prescribe numerous “enhancements” to the rule, which...more

FCC Forbears “For Now” From Requiring Universal Service Contribution From Broadband Providers

Section 254(d) of the Act requires providers of “telecommunications services” to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is used to subsidize telephone and broadband service in high-cost areas, for...more

3/18/2015  /  Bias , Broadband , FCC , Telecommunications

Special Legal Challenges in Reclassifying Wireless Broadband As a “Telecommunications Service”

As noted in the main text, the Order’s analysis of wireless broadband proceeds in two steps. First, as noted there, the Order reviews the technical and market characteristics of broadband Internet access service (BIAS) in...more

Potential Impact of Reclassification on State and Local Tax Obligations

The Order tries to minimize the potential that state or local taxes on broadband Internet access service (BIAS) will increase as a result of reclassifying BIAS as a telecommunications service. BIAS providers, however, have...more

FCC Votes to Approve New Net Neutrality Rules

On a party-line 3-2 vote, the FCC on February 26, 2015, approved new Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules, although it has not released the text of its actual ruling. Based on an FCC press release and a written statement...more

FCC Releases Outline of Net Neutrality Rules Scheduled for February 26 Vote

On February 4, 2015, the FCC issued a press release describing the Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules Chairman Wheeler will bring to a vote at the Commission’s February 26, 2015 meeting. The draft order is now being...more

2/6/2015

FCC Proposed Revised Net Neutrality Rules

On May 16, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)1 proposing revised “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules, in response to the January 2014 D.C. Circuit...more

FCC Explores Feasibility of More Precise Wireless Caller-Location Capabilities for E911 Calls From Indoor Locations and...

Even as privacy advocates become increasingly nervous about the extent to which our communications devices keep tabs on our whereabouts, the FCC is looking to make it easier to monitor our location more precisely, at least...more

D.C. Circuit Largely Invalidates Net Neutrality Rules: Analysis and Prospects

On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC’s 2010 “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules that had banned blocking or discriminatory treatment of web sites or other online applications by...more

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