J. Aaron George

J. Aaron George

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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They Can Be Heroes: The FCC Proposes Expansive and Detailed Privacy & Cybersecurity Regulations for Broadband ISP

On April 1, 2016, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would impose new regulatory burdens on broadband Internet service providers’ use of customer data. The wide-ranging NPRM also proposes rules...more

4/9/2016 - Breach Notification Rule Broadband Cybersecurity Data Security FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) NPRM Open Internet Rules Personally Identifiable Information Popular

Patient Zero – Public Knowledge Seeks FCC Review of A New “Zero Rated” Service

Consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge recently filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) challenging a multi-system operator’s (“MSO”) online video service as violative of conditions imposed as...more

3/15/2016 - Data Use Policies FCC Online Videos Open Internet Rules

FCC Slams Door to Higher Pole Attachment Rates

After kicking open a door to potential annual pole attachment rental increases in the hundreds of millions of dollars when it adopted its February 2015 Net Neutrality order, the Federal Communications Commission yesterday...more

11/25/2015 - Cable Television Providers FCC Rental Rates Telecommunications Utility Poles

If They Could Be All You Wanted: The FCC Gets Serious About Small Cells

Say what you will about inside-the-Beltway leadership vacuums, political gridlock and the indecipherable output from the grey, grinding gears of our government agencies, but once in a while Washington actually gets it right. ...more

10/30/2014 - AT&T Broadband Comcast DirectTV Environmental Review FCC Infrastructure Mobile Broadband Services NEPA Wireless Internet Service Providers Wireless Technology

Of Buckeyes and Batons Rouges: Ohio and Louisiana Adopt Comprehensive Pole Access and Attachment Rules

In recent separate actions, the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) and the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“LPSC”) adopted comprehensive pole attachment regulatory regimes intended to facilitate the deployment of...more

8/12/2014 - Broadband Infrastructure Mobile Broadband Services Pole Attachment Order Regulatory Standards Utilities Sector Utility Poles

Ninth Circuit Thinks Inside the Bun, Applies Traditional Agency Principles To Dismiss Putative TCPA Class Action Claims Against...

In Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp., No. 12-56458 (9th Cir. July 2, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Taco Bell, one defendant in a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone...more

7/18/2014 - Advertising Agency Dish Network FCC Putative Class Actions Taco Bell TCPA Text Messages Vicarious Liability

North Carolina Court Issues First Decision Controlling Coop Pole Attachment Rates

This is a story of persistence and perseverance, if not patience. The cable industry finally obtained some control over skyrocketing pole attachment rates charged by cooperative utilities in North Carolina when the...more

6/2/2014 - Cable Television Providers Time Warner Utilities Sector Utility Poles

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