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FCC Sets Dec. 15 Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Submissions

December 15 is now set as the deadline by which nearly all cable operators, telecommunications carriers, and many others must respond to an extensive FCC special access data collection, per an Order on Reconsideration...more

9/18/2014 - Data Collection Deadlines FCC Telecommunications

FCC Establishes Application Procedures for Rural Broadband Experiments – Application Deadline Set for Oct. 14

On August 19, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice establishing the process for applying for support under the Rural Broadband Experiments program. Applications under this program must be submitted...more

8/26/2014 - Applications Auction Broadband FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

FCC to Proceed with Revised Special Access Data Collection Effort Following OMB Approval

On Aug.15, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the FCC’s proposed special access services data collection plan, subject to several modifications that limit the initial scope of the plan. The FCC’s special...more

8/21/2014 - Data Collection FCC OMB

FCC Initiates Rural Broadband Experiments Program: $100 Million to be Disbursed to Winning Bidders

On July 14, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released its latest Connect America Fund Order, which sets forth the parameters of its planned “rural broadband experiments” program. As detailed below, the...more

7/18/2014 - Broadband FCC Internet Internet Service Providers Rural Development

FCC Allocates $100 Million for Rural Broadband Experiments –Agency Will Reward Providers That Can Deliver Broadband at Speeds up...

On Friday, July 11, 2014 the FCC adopted an order implementing its planned “Rural Broadband Experiments”—a test-case program for disbursing subsidies to competitive providers that can deploy broadband to unserved areas. Our...more

7/18/2014 - Broadband FCC National Broadband Plan Rural Development Subsidies

Broadband Providers Must Guard Against Subsidized Overbuilds as FCC Readies $9 Billion to Deploy Broadband to “Unserved” Areas

Phase II of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (“CAF”) program will disburse up to $9 billion in support (i.e., subsidies) over the next five years to price cap incumbent local exchange carriers (“ILECs”). This support will be...more

7/8/2014 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC Internet Internet Service Providers

Competitive Providers One Step Closer to Support for Rural Broadband Deployment Following Latest FCC CAF Phase II Order

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its long-awaited order establishing a framework for competitors to obtain broadband subsidies (support) through Phase II of the Connect...more

6/13/2014 - Broadband Cable Television Providers Connect America Fund FCC ISPs

FCC Proposes to Make 150 MHz of Spectrum Available for Shared Broadband Through Use of Dynamic Spectrum Access and Sharing Systems

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps to make 150 megahertz of spectrum available for shared broadband use by unanimously approving a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) setting forth...more

4/24/2014 - Broadband Citizens Broadband Service FCC NPRM Wireless Industry

FCC Authorizes Additional 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum in 5 GHz Band (Part 2: Key Takeaways from the Report and Order)

In our last post on this topic, we reported on the FCC’s adoption of an order authorizing the use of an additional 100 MHz of unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi and related network equipment. Now that the order has been released,...more

4/17/2014 - FCC Telecommunications Wireless Technology

FCC Authorizes Additional 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum in 5GHz Band

Gigabit Wi-Fi services are one step closer to reality following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to unanimously adopt an order today, March 31, 2014, authorizing use of an additional 100 MHz of...more

4/1/2014 - FCC Networks Wifi Wireless Industry Wireless Technology

FCC Makes Estimated $50 to $100 Million Available to Competitors Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas for the First Time

Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more

2/27/2014 - Broadband CAF FCC ISPs Rural Development Telecommunications

FCC I/S/O Providers to Experiment with Rural Broadband Deployments Under Connect America Fund Phase II

As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more

2/12/2014 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC ISPs

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

Responses to FCC Survey of Fixed Voice and Broadband Rates in Urban Areas (aka Urban Rate Survey) Due Jan. 17, 2014

The FCC recently announced that respondents to the Commission’s “urban rate survey” must complete survey responses no later than Jan. 17, 2014. The urban rate survey is an FCC initiative to collect information of fixed voice...more

12/19/2013 - Broadband FCC Regular Rates Surveys

Comments Due January 10, 2014 on Issues Raised in FTC's Internet of Things Workshop

Following its highly publicized workshop exploring consumer privacy and security issues arising from the emerging market of the Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now calling for filed comments on...more

12/17/2013 - Data Collection FTC Internet Internet of Things Right to Privacy

Latest FTC Enforcement Action Reflects Agency's Intent to Focus on Emerging Market Involving the "Internet of Things"

In its first enforcement action against a company operating in the emerging market known as the “Internet of Things”, the FTC has secured a settlement agreement with a company that markets Internet-connected video cameras...more

9/9/2013 - Compliance Cybersecurity Data Protection Enforcement Actions FTC Internet Surveillance

FCC Increases Penalties for Alleged Interference Arising from Use of Wireless Devices Operating in Unlicensed Spectrum Bands

A recent FCC enforcement order signals the agency’s apparent intent to impose increasingly greater penalties on broadband providers using devices in unlicensed spectrum bands which interfere with other wireless systems....more

8/12/2013 - FCC Interference Claims

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 Establishes Procedures for Challenging Subsidies to Incumbents Under the Connect America Fund

The FCC has issued an order outlining the procedures by which broadband providers can challenge potential subsidies directed to incumbent providers in their service areas under the Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidy program....more

5/21/2013 - Broadband Connect America Fund FCC Subsidies Wireless Industry

FCC Opens Proceeding to Explore Release of Additional Spectrum in 5 GHz Band for Use in “Gigabit” Wi-Fi Networks

On Feb. 20, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and initiated a proceeding to release 195 megahertz of additional spectrum for potential use by unlicensed devices...more

2/22/2013 - Broadband FCC Spectrum Wireless Technology

The FTC and California’s Attorney General Recommend Detailed New Privacy Practices and Disclosures for Entities Operating in the...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and California Attorney General’s office each recently issued detailed guidance for providers of mobile platforms, apps, ad networks, and their trade associations....more

2/11/2013 - Consent COPPA Data Collection Do Not Track FTC Mobile App Privacy Guidelines Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Mobile Privacy Disclosures Privacy Policy

D.C. Circuit Affirms FCC Order Mandating Data Roaming Obligations for Mobile Service Providers

On Dec. 4, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision affirming the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2011 Data Roaming Order (Data Roaming Order)....more

12/6/2012 - FCC Mobile Services

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