Communications Law Bulletin - August/September 2009



*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 Bureau Issues Report on Protecting Children Across All Media Platforms

*Broadcast Developments: FCC to Take Another Look at Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction; Media Bureau Declines to Regulate Broadcasts on School Buses and Defers to Local Authorities

*August/September 2009 Legislative Developments in Brief

..FCC Chairman’s First Congressional Oversight Hearing

..Cellphone Jamming Bill Progresses in Senate

..Net Neutrality Legislation Introduced

..House and Senate Approve Satellite Reauthorization Bills

*National Broadband Plan Data Gathering Continues with New Comment Rounds and Section 706Notice of Inquiry

*Sprint–Virgin Mobile Deal Gets Antitrust Approval

*Tip Box: Fees for Wireless Applications Revised

*Federal Appeals Court Throws out FCC’s Cable Ownership Caps

*Report Concludes the FCC Is Ready for Emergency, but That There Is Room for Improvement

*Universal Service Developments

..Bureau Decision Highlights Importance of Verifying That Resale Carrier Customers Are USF Contributors

..Decreased USF Contribution Factor Still Hovers Above 12%

..Tip Box: USAC Will No Longer Accept Filings at New Jersey Location

*Iowa Utilities Board Issues a Strong Traffic Pumping Order

*Recent Enforcement Activity Focuses Largely On CPNI Rules

*Wireless Developments

..FCC Initiates Inquiries Regarding Mobile Wireless Competition and Wireless Innovation andInvestment

..Maryland Prison Obtains Experimental License for Cell Phone Demonstration

*Importance of Timely Filing of Renewal Applications

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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