Mark Palchick

Mark Palchick

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

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Sixth Circuit Says FCC Can't Preempt State Limits on Muncipal Broadband

In an August 10, 2016 ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the FCC’s preemption of state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina which prevented municipal broadband providers from expanding their networks beyond...more

8/16/2016 - Appeals Broadband Competition FCC Municipalities Preemption Section 706 State Sovereignty Telecommunications Act

FCC Proposes to Fine E-Rate Telecom Provider $106,425 for Violation of E-Rate Lowest Corresponding Price Rule

A recent Notice of Apparent Liability ("NAL") issued by the Enforcement Bureau ("Bureau") of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") proposing to fine AT&T $106,425, highlights the need for service...more

8/12/2016 - AT&T E-Rates Enforcement Actions FCC Fines Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) Pricing School Districts Telecommunications

FCC Issues Tariff Investigation Order and NPRM Which Proposes to Substantially Revise and Expand the Regulation of Business Data...

In May 2016, the FCC moved forward with its decade-overdue reform of the $45 Billion per year dedicated business data services (“BDS”) market. BDS providers, including major incumbent telecommunications companies and now even...more

5/26/2016 - AT&T Cable Television Providers Comment Period Common Carriers Communications Act of 1934 Competition Contract Termination Contract Terms FCC NPRM Special Access Services Tariffs Telecommunications Terms and Conditions Verizon Wireless Industry

EEO Program Annual Reports Due by September 30, 2015

This is a reminder that all MVPDs must file their Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Program Annual Report by September 30th. In addition, specific MVPDs identified by the Commission must complete the Supplementary...more

8/20/2015 - Annual Reports EEO Employees Entrepreneurs Equal Opportunities Job Applicants MVPD Record Retention

FCC Fines AT&T $100,000,000 for Violation of Transparency Rule

In a recent enforcement action, the FCC fined AT&T $100,000,000 for violations of the Open Internet Transparency Rule (“Transparency Rule”). The Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) for Forfeiture and Order stated that AT&T...more

7/1/2015 - AT&T Broadband Corporate Fines Data Plan FCC Mobile Broadband Services Open Internet Rules Transparency

Consistent With Precedent, FCC Finds Violation of Competitive Bidding Rules Where Price Is Not Primary Factor

In a newly released Order, the FCC upheld a Universal Service Administrative Company finding that a school district had violated the Commission’s competitive bidding rules by failing to weigh price as the primary factor in...more

5/8/2013 - Competitive Bidding Contract Price FCC Vendors

FCC Seeks Comment on Healthcare Connect Fund Clarification

The Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on a petition filed by the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) for reconsideration and clarification of the FCC’s recent Rural Health Care Support Mechanism Order....more

5/2/2013 - FCC Healthcare Rural Health Care Program Rural Health Care Providers

FCC Sets Comment Dates for Bundled Components Public Notice

The Wireline Competition Bureau has set the comment and reply comment deadlines for the Bundled Components Public Notice discussed below....more

4/29/2013 - Ancillary Agreements E-Rates FCC Public Comment Service Contracts

FCC Seeks Comment on Bundled Components for E-rate

Executive Summary: The Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) is seeking comment on proposed clarifications to the treatment of ineligible devices when bundled with E-rate eligible components....more

4/18/2013 - Bundling Rules Cost Allocation E-Rates End-Users FCC Service Contracts

Federal Communications Commission Expands Availability of 400 Million Dollar Rural Health Care Support Mechanism

Executive Summary: The Federal Communications Commission has released an Order significantly expanding access to $400 million in funds available to health care providers for more accessible and affordable broadband services....more

1/8/2013 - Broadband FCC mHealth Rural Health Care Program Telemedicine

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