Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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This Changes Everything: The FCC Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order

I. Not Your Father’s Broadband - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 12, 2015, released a new template for future regulation of a basket of mass market retail services it has named “broadband Internet...more

4/16/2015 - Broadband FCC Mobile Broadband Services Open Internet Rules Telecommunications

What’s the Purpose of the Emergency Purpose Statutory Exemption?

As we’ve noted in the past, there are a number of TPCA petitions for declaratory ruling or requests for interpretation of the TCPA statute or FCC rules on a range of issues relating to the definition of an autodialer, seeking...more

4/13/2015 - Emergency Alerts FCC Mobile Devices Prior Express Consent TCPA Wireless Devices

FCC Proposes to Regulate Internet-Based Video Programmers

With the expansion of “over-the-top” (OTT) video programming options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Roku and Apple TV, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking a fresh look at its definition of a multi-channel...more

2/5/2015 - Amazon Apple TV FCC Internet Streaming MVPD Netflix Regulatory Agenda Roku Video Recordings

Communications Network Transitions and Next Generation 911: What You Need to Know About the FCC’s Proposed New Federal Framework

As part of its unrealized effort to bring policy coherence to the migration of traditional switch-based telephone networks towards all IP-based architectures, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a...more

1/27/2015 - 911 Calls FCC Rulemaking Process Telecommunications

Pending TCPA Petitions (Grouped by Primary Subject Matter)

As 2015 begins, we thought that providing a roundup of and the links to pending FCC TCPA petitions might be useful. The list includes most pending petitions filed since the FCC’s revised TCPA rules came into effect, with the...more

1/9/2015 - Amended Regulation American Bankers Association Direct Marketing Association FCC Prior Express Consent TCPA United Healthcare Insurance Co.

The FCC’s Clarification of its Blast Fax Rules to “Solicited” Fax Ads under Siege

In an attempt to clear out the backlog of numerous pending petitions addressing how the FCC’s “Blast Fax” rules apply to consensual fax advertisement transmissions, the agency on October 30, 2014 issued an Order addressing...more

11/19/2014 - Advertising Faxes FCC Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Unsolicited Faxes

Political Campaigns: Consider Yourself Warned

If you had not noticed, the fall election campaign season is in full swing. The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau certainly has noticed, and reacted by releasing an unusual “Enforcement Advisory” this week, reminding campaigns and...more

10/24/2014 - Cell Phones Enforcement FCC Political Campaigns Robocalling TCPA

Quasi-Broadcasting and Copyright – End of an Aereo?

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court on June 25, 2014, issued an opinion that ruled that web-based TV streaming service Aereo violated copyright law by providing a service substantially similar to cable...more

7/8/2014 - ABC v Aereo Aereo Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement Internet Streaming Popular SCOTUS The Copyright Act

Eleventh Circuit Rejects “Intended Recipient” Interpretation of TCPA’s “Called Party” Language

The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled that the TCPA’s prohibition on prerecorded calling applies to wireless numbers that have been reassigned from a consenting subscriber to a new, presumably nonconsenting one, regardless of...more

6/16/2014 - FCC Robocalling TCPA Wells Fargo

GroupMe Gets an FCC Green Light on Sending Administrative Texts to Confirm Interest in Joining Social Network Groups

Previous TCPA Blog posts have noted that the FCC has a growing backlog of petitions for rulemaking, expedited declaratory ruling, or petitions for clarification on numerous issues posed by the TCPA. On a recent Friday, the...more

4/7/2014 - Consent Consumer Protection Act FCC GroupMe Mobile Apps Social Media Social Networks TCPA Text Messages

TCPA Petitions Keep Pouring Into the FCC

As previously covered in other TCPA blog posts, the FCC maintains a range of TCPA rules addressing certain key elements of telemarketing and even non-telemarketing call activities that can implicate routine interactions...more

3/10/2014 - FCC TCPA

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