Michael Sloan

Michael Sloan

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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India Rejects Facebook’s Zero-Rating “Free Basics” Program on Net Neutrality Grounds

In 2015, Facebook announced with some fanfare the rollout of its “Free Basics” service in India. Partnering with the wireless telecom Reliance, customers that downloaded the Free Basics app onto their smartphones could use...more

2/29/2016 - Data Use Policies Facebook Free Access India Internet Mobile Apps Net Neutrality Social Media Telecommunications Wireless Technology

Back-Up Battery Obligations Take Effect Feb. 16, 2016

The FCC’s Battery Back-up Order takes effect on Feb. 16, 2016. The Order requires all facilities-based VoIP providers with more than 100,000 U.S. customer lines to provide customers the option to purchase battery backup power...more

12/15/2015 - Batteries Disclosure Requirements FCC Notice Requirements Power Outages VoIP

FCC Proposes New Rules Governing Hearing Aid Compatible Telephones

The FCC issued on Oct.30, 2015 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would update several rules governing hearing aid compatible (HAC) telephones and handsets. The proposed rules apply to manufactures, including, for the first...more

11/12/2015 - CVAA FCC NPRM Telecommunications Wireless Devices

FCC Updates Network Outage Reporting Requirements

On March 30, 2015, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Second Report and Order, and Order on Reconsideration (“Order”). The Order updates the FCC’s “Part 4” network outage reporting rules to reflect technological...more

4/3/2015 - FCC NPRM Reporting Requirements Wireless Industry Wireless Technology

FCC Releases Outline of Net Neutrality Rules Scheduled for February 26 Vote

On February 4, 2015, the FCC issued a press release describing the Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules Chairman Wheeler will bring to a vote at the Commission’s February 26, 2015 meeting. The draft order is now being...more

2/6/2015

FCC Approves Voluntary Experiments Testing Impact of Technology Transitions

On Jan. 30, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve a Petition AT&T had filed in November 2012, seeking to conduct trials of the transition from TDM technology to all-Internet Protocol (IP)...more

1/31/2014 - AT&T Cell Phones FCC Telecommunications Utilities Sector VoIP

FCC Adopts Rules to Address the “Rural Call Completion Problem”

On Nov. 8, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Rural Call Completion Report and Order adopting rules to address problems with the completion of long-distance calls to rural end user customers, as...more

11/14/2013 - FCC OMB Rural Development Telecommunications

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