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FCC Outlines Additional Steps for Incumbent Licensees in the 3.5 GHz Band to Establish Grandfathered Protection Zones

As we have explained in prior advisories, the FCC is implementing its plans to make available 150 MHz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550-3700 MHz) under a new service known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service...more

FCC Finalizes Weighting Criteria for Evaluating Provider Bids in CAF Phase II Auction

On March 2, the FCC released an Order finalizing the competitive bidding framework for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Under the Phase II auction the FCC will distribute nearly two billion dollars to...more

3/14/2017  /  Broadband , CAF , Competitive Bidding , FCC

Comments Sought of FCC Privacy Regime

On Friday, the Federal Register published the FCC’s January 17th Public Notice of the fact that eleven Petitions for Reconsideration were filed in the Broadband Privacy proceeding (WC Docket No. 16-106). The Petitions...more

FCC Grants NY State Request to Use CAF II Funding Rejected by Verizon

On January 26, 2017, the FCC issued an Order that makes available $170.4 million in Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II support to applicants selected in New York’s state broadband grant program, the “New NY Broadband...more

1/31/2017  /  Broadband , Connect America Fund , FCC

IoT Vendors Beware: FTC’s Latest Enforcement Action Signals Further Scrutiny of the Industry

The FTC’s first data security enforcement action in 2017 sends a clear signal to vendors serving the Internet of Things (“IoT”) marketplace: make sure your data security promises match your data security practices. IoT is in...more

FCC Announces Enhanced Broadband Transparency Disclosures Will Become Effective on January 17, 2017 – Small Provider Exemptions in...

On Thursday, December 16, the FCC announced that the Office of Management and Budget had approved the long-delayed “enhanced” Open Internet transparency requirements, which were originally approved in March 2015. As a result,...more

Chairman Wheeler to Leave FCC Jan. 20

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he will resign effective January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day. With Commissioner Rosenworcel unlikely to be confirmed for a new term, this would leave the FCC with two Republicans...more

Compliance Clock Begins to Tick for BIAS Providers Following Publication of Privacy Rules in the Federal Register

The FCC’s new privacy rules were published in the Federal Register last Friday, December 2, 2016. The publication of these rules initiates the period in which broadband ISPs must come into compliance with the agency’s...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Requirements of New FCC Privacy Order May Present Immediate Implementation Challenges for...

As ISPs continue to absorb the scope of the FCC’s recent Privacy Order (the “Order”), one immediate question presents itself: what steps must ISPs take to begin implementing the data security and breach notification...more

It’s Official: The FCC Has Adopted New Privacy and Security Rules for ISPs Following a 3-2 Vote Along Partisan Lines

Today, the FCC formally adopted on a 3-2 party-line vote an order that enacts a new privacy and security regime for Internet service providers (ISPs). While it may be several days before the official order and the text of...more

FCC Steps Up Enforcement of Broadband Transparency Rules

Continuing its efforts to enforce the Open Internet transparency rules, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced a settlement and consent decree with a mobile broadband ISP (T-Mobile) under which the...more

Ninth Circuit Rules All Common Carriers Beyond Reach of FTC’s Consumer Protection Authority

In a decision that could significantly impact the scope of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on August 29, 2016,...more

9/2/2016  /  AT&T , Corporate Counsel , FCC , FTC , FTC Act , Section 5

FCC Identifies Areas Eligible for Support Under Connect America Fund Phase II Auction

Orange is the new green –well that’s one way to think of the FCC’s latest announcement of areas eligible for support (subsidies) for providers delivering broadband to unserved areas in connection with the upcoming Connect...more

WiGig? Why Not! FCC Sets Aside Significant Unlicensed Spectrum for Deployment and Support of 5G Wireless Services in Latest...

On Thursday, July 14, the FCC adopted its “Spectrum Frontiers” Order which allocates a substantial amount of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use to support the deployment of the “next...more

7/20/2016  /  FCC , NPRM , Public Comment , Telecommunications

FCC Adopts Competitive Bidding Criteria and Roadmap for Implementing Upcoming CAF Phase II Reverse Auction

Broadband and voice providers interested in pursuing a piece of the roughly $2 billion in remaining Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II subsidies take note: the FCC has just released its road map for evaluating bids in the...more

FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

FCC Adopts Framework for Broad New Regulations of Newly Christened “Business Data Services” f/k/a Special Access Services

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s plan to extend a new rate regulation regime to so-called business data services (which provide point-to-point transmission of data at guaranteed speeds and service levels), formerly known as “special...more

FCC Announces E-Rate Cap for Funding Year 2016

The FCC announced that, for Funding Year 2016, the E-rate cap will be $3.939 billion. The inflation-indexed cap reflects a one percent increase over the $3.9 billion FY2015 cap.  USAC will apply $29 million of the additional...more

5/9/2016  /  E-Rates , FCC , USAC

The FCC’s Privacy NPRM: A Closer Look at the Commission’s Legal Authority and Some of Its Proposals

As we have previously advised, the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to “protect the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services” (the “NPRM”) proposes sweeping changes to the ways that Internet Service...more

FCC Adopts Universal Service Broadband Subsidies (CAF) Program Benefitting Rural Telcos

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion annually in new financial support (subsidies) to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers)...more

FCC Releases Open Internet Transparency/Disclosure Rule Safe Harbor in the Form of Broadband Service “Labels” for End User...

The FCC has released its safe harbor disclosure framework under the Open Internet transparency requirements for end user customer disclosures, which take the form of a broadband “label” –not unlike the form of labels used by...more

FCC Adopts Plan to Distribute Additional Universal Service Subsidies to Rural Telecom Carriers

On March 30, the FCC released an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing $2 billion in new financial support to rural incumbent telecommunications carriers (so-called rate of return carriers) willing to deploy...more

FCC Adopts NPRM for ISP Privacy at March Open Meeting

Late this afternoon the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new rules governing the privacy practices of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at its monthly open meeting, which was delayed several times...more

FTC Settles with Router Manufacturer for Security Failure

As the number of smart devices in homes connected to the Internet continues to grow, the need to keep home networks secure becomes increasingly important. Device manufacturers that promise to secure these home networks,...more

FCC Extends Exemption from Enhanced Disclosure Rules for Small Providers

On Wednesday, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the ongoing exemption from applying the enhanced transparency requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order to small providers. As a result, small...more

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