Rebecca Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

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 OKs Certain Informational Calling and Texts by Schools and Utilities to Wireless Phones under TCPA

The FCC recently released a Declaratory Ruling with new clarifications for schools and utilities on autodialed calls and texts and pre-recorded/artificial voice calling under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") for...more

8/9/2016 - Cell Phones Declaratory Rulings Educational Institutions Exceptions FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA Utilities Sector

Spokeo Injury Requirement May Not Be TCPA Silver Bullet Some Had Predicted, But Nonetheless Dooms Claims of Serial Plaintiff

While many legal analysts predicted the potential demise of TCPA litigation in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Spokeo v. Robins decision in May, as it turns out with all things TCPA, the reality looks to be a bit more...more

7/13/2016 - Article III Injury-in-Fact Robocalling Spokeo v Robins Standing TCPA Wells Fargo

Proposed FCC Rules for Team Telecom Review of Applications with Foreign Ownership, Shorten Timeframes, Add Burdens

The FCC recently adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing reforms to the Executive Branch “Team Telecom” review process for certain FCC applications and petitions involving foreign ownership. The NPRM seeks...more

6/30/2016 - Assignments CALEA Comment Period FCC Foreign Ownership NPRM Team Telecom Telecommunications Transfer of Interest Transparency

FAA's New Rules Are a Green Light For Growth of Commercial Drones

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long awaited amendments to regulations for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), defined as aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds....more

6/29/2016 - Airspace Aviation Industry Commercial Use Cost-Benefit Analysis Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) New Regulations Pilots Unmanned Aircraft Systems Waivers

FCC Spares Smaller Broadband Providers from Compliance with Enhanced Transparency Rule of Open Internet Order for Another Year

On December 15, 2015, the FCC Consumer Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB”) released an Order extending the temporary small business exemption from enhancements to the modified transparency rule established under the 2015 Open...more

12/28/2015 - Broadband Disclosure Requirements FCC Open Internet Rules Small Business Transparency

FCC Issues First Privacy Enforcement Action Against Cable Operator

In the third privacy-related enforcement action of the year, the FCC Enforcement Bureau entered into a $595,000 settlement with Cox Communications to resolve an investigation into the company’s loss of customer personal data....more

11/10/2015 - Cox Communications Data Breach Data Protection Data Security Enforcement Actions FCC Popular

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 Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering...more

7/20/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Call Blocking Common Carriers Declaratory Rulings Exemptions FCC Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Reassigned Phone Numbers Revocation Robocalling Smartphones TCPA Telecommunications Text Messages Texting VoIP Wireless Devices Wireless Industry

FCC Seeks Comment on Small Business Exemption From Open Internet Enhanced Transparency Requirements

The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau is seeking comment on the “Small Business Exemption from the enhanced transparency requirements adopted in the 2015 Open Internet Order. The exemption is currently in effect...more

7/9/2015 - Broadband Comment Period Disclosure Requirements FCC Open Internet Rules Small Business Transparency

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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