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New Domain Name ".solar" is Now Available

As many of you know, all businesses worldwide are facing the opportunities and perils of a vast expansion of internet domain names. The Solar Industry is on the front row of this new domain name game with a generic top-level...more

Foreign Investment Caps in Mexico (2013 & 2014 Reforms)

This document describes the caps and foreign investment regulation for diverse activities and industries under Mexican Law, as updated with the recent reforms of telecom, energy and finance sectors. Please see full...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

Arizona Corporation Commission Recognizes Changing Landscape of Telecommunications

Over the past year, the Arizona Corporation Commission ("Commission") has begun to tailor certain of its regulations to more aptly fit the current landscape of the competitive telecommunications market. Although the changes...more

2014 Litigation Report: Managing Risk

In This Issue: Introduction; Food and Beverage Products: Managing Mounting Litigation Risk in the Food and Beverage Industry; Procurement Pitfalls: Best Practices to Manage Risk; Securities and Consumer Class Actions:...more

California Public Utilities Commission Denies Request to Develop Privacy Standards for Wireless Carriers and Mobile Applications

After a year in which the California Legislature passed a spate of privacy laws, wireless providers and third party mobile application providers do not need to add privacy regulations from the California Public Utilities...more

Dan Lipschultz Appointed to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission

On January 7, Minnesota Governor Dayton announced the appointment of Dan Lipschultz to a six year term to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. The Commission oversees a huge sector of the state economy, including the...more

The most-read and must-read posts of 2013

During 2013, Mexico had a small growth, but was an exiting year, as many of long awaited reforms started. Many of them are in process of being implemented, and many have passed in spite of diversity of opinions. Mexico...more

Locating Utilities – When Municipal Consent is Not Enough

Over the last decade, there have been numerous class actions regarding telecommunication companies’ use of railroad easements. In many of those cases, the telecommunication companies obtained permission from the railroad...more

Crowdfunding of Solar, Other Renewables One Step Closer

Earlier this week the SEC today proposed rules for Crowdfunding, which was initially enacted under the JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Business Startups). After the enactment of the JOBS Act in April, 2012 and given the early, but...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Update: PART 1: Infrastructure Opportuntities

BACKGROUND - On 8 September 2013, Tokyo was chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo is set to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July - 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August...more

The Download - August 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Mobile Guidance - House Energy and Commerce Task Force on Privacy - The Senate Committee on Commerce Considers Cybersecurity - House Energy...more

Bribery’s short term gains dwarfed by massive fines – How can companies avoid the FCPA Hall of Shame?

It’s easy to wag a finger at companies incurring costly violations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), to date this year. They stand accused of bribing, defrauding, and other actions you don’t like to see...more

No Warrant Needed for Cell Site Geolocational Information

The U.S. government can get historical cell phone records, including geolocational information, from cell phone providers without a warrant, the Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled. The appellate court reversed the trial...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 12, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Adopts and Proposes New Rules, Including Easing the Prohibition on General Solicitation - District Court Vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Issuer Rule - SEC Announces Three New...more

Tax Law Alert: The 2nd Special Session of the 2013 Washington Legislature Adjourned on June 29

The 2nd Special Session of the 2013 Legislature adjourned sine die on June 29, 2013. The accomplishment of this session was passage of a state budget, which had eluded state legislators through the Regular Session that ended...more

Super Storm Sandy, Climate Change and Telecommunications Infrastructure: The Report from Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative on...

On June 12, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg reported the findings and recommendations of his post-Super Storm Sandy task force. The goal of the report is primarily to minimize disruptions from climate hazards and to improve New York...more

Competition Issues In Resources Projects: Marketing Agreements Between Joint Venture Partners (Australia)

INTRODUCTION - Joint venture structures are frequently used to undertake large resources projects. A joint venture may be used to both develop a project and sell the output from a project. Such joint ventures...more

Federal Cybersecurity Initiatives Demand Vigilance of Communication and Energy Infrastructure Owners and Operators

Cybersecurity initiatives are moving rapidly within the federal government and require owners and operators of critical infrastructure – including in particular Communication and Energy Systems, and those who supply and...more

FCC Rulemaking on RF Radiation - Public Agencies Should Consider Commenting by September 3 Deadline

For the first time in 17 years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for public comment on its standards protecting humans against overdoses of radiofrequency (RF) radiation and how to better enforce the...more

CPUC Rulemaking to Decide if Localities will be Shut Out of State Video Franchise Renewal Process - Opening Comments Must Be Filed...

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently launched a proceeding to establish the rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to...more

The Supreme Court Rules that the Fox Can Guard the Henhouse (Because the Fox Told Them He Can)

The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed federal agencies to interpret ambiguities in their implementing statutes and directed courts to defer to agency expertise when deciding cases. (Who, after all, knows a...more

Crowdfunding Renewable Energy Projects in Early Stages and Growing in the U.S.

Direct investment in renewable energy projects has been an anticipated financing option among editorialists and bloggers the past year, and seems to finally be gaining traction in the United States....more

Tennessee Business Tax: Locally Imposed Tax Revamped

The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a significant revision to the Tennessee Business Tax, a locally imposed gross receipts tax on the sale of goods and services (SB183/HB177). This change follows legislation...more

CPUC Seeks to Revisit Controversial Decision on CEQA Process for Telecommunications Projects - Public Agency Participation is...

After a pause of more than a year, the CPUC has revived its effort to determine whether and how it will conduct environmental review of certain telecommunications projects under the California Environmental Quality Act...more

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