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CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Germany rolls out IT Security Act

Germany's controversial IT Security Act (ITSG) came into effect on July 25, 2015.[1] The new act seeks to increase protections for German citizens, companies and government institutions that may be vulnerable to a range of IT...more

FCC Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

As the Federal Cable Communications Commission gets ready to adopt a new rule on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to include companies that provide video via the public Internet,...more

Sixth Circuit Consolidates Cases, Sets New Briefing Schedule in Appeals Involving Municipal Broadband Laws

As expected, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has consolidated the two Petition for Review proceedings brought by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina seeking review of the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

German Parliament's IT-Security Act Covers Critical Infrastructure

On June 12, 2015, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed an Act to Improve the Security of Information Technology Systems ("IT-Security Act"). The new legislation requires operators of so-called critical...more

Open Internet Rules Become Effective June 12: Impact on Pole Attachments

On Friday, June 12 – barring a judicial stay – many of the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules will become effective. A significant consequence of the reclassification of retail broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a...more

Google’s Pole Attachment Rights in California on Hold for Now

The California Public Utilities CPUC (CPUC) released a Proposed Decision on February 20, 2015 denying a petition by Google Fiber Inc. (Google) to modify the CPUC’s Video Service Provider Decision or DIVCA Order. Google’s...more

FCC Forbears “For Now” From Requiring Universal Service Contribution From Broadband Providers

Section 254(d) of the Act requires providers of “telecommunications services” to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is used to subsidize telephone and broadband service in high-cost areas, for...more

FCC Releases Full Text of Order Preempting State Laws Limiting Municipal Broadband

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released the text of its order preempting provisions of North Carolina and Tennessee law that allow municipalities to provide broadband service but otherwise limit the...more

The Who and What of Net Neutrality in Two Minutes or Less

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted 3-2 to treat the internet like a public utility, embracing the concept of “net neutrality.” Has the FCC struck a blow for consumer rights? The jury is still out....more

No Slow Lanes, No Fast Lanes: FCC Adopts New Regulations Treating Internet as a Public Utility

Should your Internet service provider be regulated in the same manner as your telephone service provider? Despite how quaint this question might sound now that many consumers bundle their ISP, telephone and television service...more

President Obama’s 2015 Priorities Include Cybersecurity

During his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress “to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s...more

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

Cable Company Announces FCPA Internal Investigation Near Completion

Just a month after announcing its internal investigation of possible FCPA violations, news reports indicate that a major cable company’s review will be completed or substantially completed by the first quarter of 2015. ...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

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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Issues Request for Information on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Practices

On February 26, following close on the heels of the recent executive order setting forth the administration’s approach to the regulation of critical infrastructure network security, the National Institute of Standards and...more

Executive Order Begins Process Of Strengthening Nation’s Cybersecurity And Critical Infrastructure

During his State of the Union address on February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his signing of a long-anticipated Executive Order on cybersecurity. After months of discussions with technology companies the...more

CBb 6 juni 2012, Mediaforum 2012/11-12, Nr. 28 (Minister van EL&I en NDC/RATO c.s.) m.nt. H.P. Wiersema en J.J.R. Lautenbach

Deze uitspraak gaat over de verdeling van vergunningen voor het gebruik van frequentieruimte voor niet-landelijke commerciële radio-omroepen en de middengolf. Op 3 maart 2008 heeft de Minister van EL&I twaalf FM-frequenties...more

Do We Need a Single Set of Rules Nationwide for Smart Grid Technology?

“Smart Grid” refers to the emerging effort to combine the two-way flow of electricity with the two-way flow of information to make electricity generation, delivery, and use more efficient and reliable nationwide. The Federal...more

Preserving the Open Internet / Broadband Industry Practices

FCC's Report & Order on Net Neutrality

On Dec. 23, 2010, the FCC released this controversial order on broadband industry policies. Whether the FCC has jurisdiction and power to govern this subject matter, and whether this achieves the objective of net neutrality,...more

Communications Law Bulletin - August/September 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *The Month in Brief *Chairman Genachowski Proposes to Expand and Codify Internet Openness Policy Principles *FCC Tackles Consumer Issues ..FCC Issues NOI on Availability of Consumer Information ..Media...more

Communications and IT Advisory: Ninth Circuit Decision a Victory for Landline and Wireless Telecommunications Providers

Communications and IT Advisory: Ninth Circuit Decision a Victory for Landline and Wireless Telecommunications Providers

On June 13, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that will have important ramifications on the ability of both wireless telecommunications providers and telecommunications providers...more

Communications Antitrust Advisory: SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI Merger Review Ends - Not with Bang, but with Whimper

Communications Antitrust Advisory: SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI Merger Review Ends - Not with Bang, but with Whimper

On January 30, 2005, SBC agreed to acquire AT&T. Two weeks later, on February 14, 2005, Verizon agreed to acquire MCI. After its investigation, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division ("DOJ" or "Antitrust Division")...more

Communications Presentation: Challenges of the 21st Century: Are Regulators Seeking to Promote or Hamper the Deployment and Delivery of Sophisticated, Multi-Functional Cable-Provided VoIP Services?

Communications Presentation: Challenges of the 21st Century: Are Regulators Seeking to Promote or Hamper the Deployment and...

Authored by Chérie Kiser for presentation at the Practising Law Institute's Cable Television Law 2007: Competition in Video, Internet & Telephony, San Francisco, March 6, 2007. Issues for cable-provided wireline and...more

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