James M. Smith

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Update: Senate Hearing Vents Lifeline Concerns, Proposals In Advance of New FCC Rulemaking

As previously reported, on June 2 the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet held a hearing on “Lifeline: Improving Accountability and Effectiveness,” in anticipation of the...more

6/12/2015 - FCC Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Lifeline Program NPRM Rulemaking Process

Senate Subcommittee To Hold June 2 Hearing on Lifeline

In advance of the FCC’s expected adoption on June 18 of a new order and further notice of proposed rulemaking proposing further changes in the Lifeline program, the U.S. Senate’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology,...more

5/29/2015 - FCC GAO Lifeline Program Telecommunications Wireless Industry

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory – Tells Broadband Providers to Take “Reasonable, Good Faith” Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy...

Come June 12, unless stayed by a federal court, broadband Internet service providers will be subject to expanded requirements to protect consumer privacy and new limitations on the use of customer data under the FCC’s recent...more

5/27/2015 - Broadband Enforcement Guidance FCC ISPs Open Internet Rules

FCC Denies E-Rate Appeal in Scorching Order

On April 15, after a multi-year investigation arising from events in 2004-2008, the Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD) of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying appeals by an...more

4/27/2015 - E-Rates FCC School Districts USAC

Oklahoma Commission Revises Universal Service Rules

On March 12, 2015, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) adopted revisions to its rules relating to administration of federal and state universal service programs, including Lifeline. While the revisions generally consist...more

4/13/2015 - Amended Regulation Telecommunications Wireless Industry

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2015; Potential Title II Reclassification Could Soon Expand CPNI Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 222(c), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony,...more

2/16/2015 - Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Data Brokers Data Protection Data-Sharing FCC Telecommunications VoIP

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually, and Introduces a Number of New Changes Including “Equalizing”...

On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5 billion—taking the...more

1/2/2015 - Broadband E-Rates FCC Funding Rulemaking Process Wifi

FCC Announces Record $7.4 Million Settlement for Failure to Provide CPNI “Opt-Out” Notices to Customers

On Tuesday, September 3, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that it had entered into a consent decree with Verizon, under which Verizon will pay $7.4 million to the U.S. Treasury for violating the FCC’s “Customer...more

9/8/2014 - Consent Decrees Corporate Counsel Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCC Verizon

FCC Releases Text of Wi-Fi-Focused E-Rate Reform Order and Further NPRM

Last Thursday, July 24, the FCC issued the 176-page text of its E-rate Modernization Order (“Order”), which it adopted on July 11 in a sharply divided and partisan 3-2 vote. The Order includes a Further Notice of Proposed...more

7/30/2014 - Broadband E-Rates FCC Funding Rulemaking Process Wifi

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 3, 2014

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and calling card...more

2/10/2014 - Certifications FCC Filing Requirements Telecommunications VoIP

The Anonymization/De-identification Debate Moves to the FCC

As explained in our recent PrivSec blog post, on Dec. 11, 2013, a coalition of privacy advocates led by Public Knowledge filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling with the FCC that, if granted, would significantly expand the...more

1/7/2014 - Data Collection FCC Internet Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Laws Telecommunications

FCC Initiates Massive E-Rate Program Overhaul

On July 23, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the 175-page text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to transform the Schools and Libraries component of its Universal Service program—more commonly known...more

7/30/2013 - E-Rates FCC Internet Proposed Regulation Telecommunications Act of 1966

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling Clarifying That CPNI Rules Apply to Personal Information Stored on Wireless Devices

On June 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling in which it clarified that the agency’s Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) regulations apply to customer-specific...more

7/1/2013 - ECPA FCC Personally Identifiable Information Wireless Industry

FCC Creates an Annual $400 Million Healthcare Connect Fund for Broadband Services and Infrastructure

On Dec. 21, the FCC released its long-awaited Report and Order reforming its funding mechanisms for rural health care by creating a Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) of $400 million annually....more

12/29/2012 - Broadband FCC Healthcare Rural Health Care Program

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