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FCC Wireless Bureau’s Staff Report Questions AT&T and Verizon Zero Rating Practices in Mobile Broadband Market…But To What Effect...

On January 11, 2017, the FCC released its most extensive “policy review” of mobile broadband operators sponsored data offerings for zero-rated content and services since the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. ...more

Trump libel win based on Trump libel loss

President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic, more than 30 years ago. And yes, the precedent of...more

European Commission Proposes New Privacy Rules for Electronic Communications

On January 10, 2017, the European Commission presented its proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications (the “Proposed Regulation”). The Proposed Regulation would repeal and replace Directive 2002/58/EC...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Indiana Ban on Robocalls

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld an Indiana statute banning robocalls, concluding that the statute was evenly applied in an effort to prohibit unsolicited calls made without a recipient’s...more

FCC Makes Airing Political Ads Much More Complicated

If trying to maintain the required paperwork for political advertising aired by your station gives you a headache, prepare for a migraine of biblical proportions. With the departure of Commissioner Rosenworcel leaving...more

Internet Law in a Trump Presidency

In a Democracy, transitions in leadership happen more frequently than in any other form of government. And with those transitions, some previous policies and orders are preserved and some are reversed. This approach to...more

2017: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

The beginning of a new year is a time for resolutions and predictions. We won’t bother Socially Aware readers with our resolutions for 2017, but we thought that we would share some predictions for the new year from our...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act

On December 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA). Effective immediately, the law prevents companies from contractually prohibiting their consumers from “disparaging” them in any...more

Coming to a Retailer Near You: Made in USA Labeling Requirements

Patriotism is a hot topic in the United States. One study shows 51% of American consumers will pay higher prices to buy American made products. Not surprisingly, manufacturers actively promote products with the red, white and...more

Who’s Responsible for Policing Fake News?

For many of us, gone are the days of reading the morning newspaper over a cup of coffee. Instead, the majority of U.S. adults now obtain their news via social media. We’ve grown accustomed to having information at our...more

Congress Voids Form Contract Provisions That Impede Consumer Reviews

To paraphrase William Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, businesses may ask you for a review, but they only want praise. Indeed some businesses have tried to ensure only good reviews by including non-disparagement clauses...more

The First Domino Falls: Chairman Wheeler Announces He’ll Step Down as Head of the FCC in January

And so TCPA reform begins. Democratic Chairman Wheeler announced yesterday that he will follow longstanding agency tradition and step down as Chairman of the FCC in light of the election of Republican Donald Trump as our...more

Chairman Wheeler to Leave FCC Jan. 20

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he will resign effective January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day. With Commissioner Rosenworcel unlikely to be confirmed for a new term, this would leave the FCC with two Republicans...more

Airbnb Takes More Conciliatory Approach Following Adverse Ruling

In a blow not only to Airbnb but to supporters of the Communications Decency Act generally, on November 8, 2016, a federal judge rejected Airbnb’s bid for a preliminary injunction enjoining the City and County of San...more

Controversial 60 Minutes Segment on “Drive-By” ADA Lawsuits Highlights Negative Aspect of the Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: Here’s our take on Sunday’s 60 Minutes episode on “drive-by” abusive ADA Title III lawsuits and the legislative efforts to address them. 60 Minutes aired a segment about ADA Title III “drive-by”...more

Facebook Fake News Problem May Impact Businesses Operating Open Web Sites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content. ...more

Congress Passes “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” to Protect Online Reviews

New legislation passed by Congress on Monday, November 28, attempts to curb aggressive tactics against the authors of negative online reviews. The legislation bans the practice of contractually prohibiting consumers from...more

CFPB Steps Up Oversight of Companies’ Compensation Programs Following Wells Fargo Scandal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will likely be weakened by the incoming Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Exactly how, and how much, remains to be seen, however—and, in the meantime,...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

What to Expect From the Trump FCC

In the days since the recent election, many tech, media and telecom industry observers remain unsure of what to expect from the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration. Fortunately, there are some...more

Alert: Forecast for Trump FCC: Deregulation with Chance of Media Concentration Review

The election of Donald Trump continues to raise questions about the potential direction of regulatory policies under his administration. While much of his campaign rhetoric focused on reducing regulation, he also suggested he...more

President Trump and Open Internet

In President Trump’s America, is it the end of net neutrality? Forbes interviewed telecomm professionals to discuss outlook for the industry. Pre-election, there was virtually zero discussion of tech and telecom issues...more

House Committee Warns Congress to Set Security Standards

Recently, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee told Congress that they must set cyber security standards for all devices connected to the internet or else face the possibility of a major cyberattack that could...more

Rebuilding Trust in Business

Our research is based on interviews with elite respondents in business, politics and the media. it therefore provides insights into how the elite views the problem of declining public trust in business, and provides a forum...more

Be Prepared Even if Taking the Wait and See Approach

My son is addicted to movie trailers. Don’t get me wrong, I love movie trailers myself, but my son takes it to another level. I recently checked the YouTube history on the iPad we permit our kids to use and found that instead...more

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