Patton Boggs' TechComm Industry Update - April 25, 2012


In This Issue:

-FCC Meeting

-Future of Video Programming

-House Science Subcommittee Hearing: Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch

-Chairman Genachowski to Appear Before Senate Appropriations

-Incentive Auctions for Broadcast Spectrum – Rulemakings to Begin in Fall

-Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers to FCC: Provide LightSquared Alternative Regulatory Path Forward

-Public Safety Network Waiver Recipients and Applicants

-Technical Standards for the Public Safety Broadband Network


-Is Online Video Entitled to MVPD Protection?

-Applications for New Top Level Domain Names

-FTC Workshop Focuses on Mobile Payments

-Tower Siting/Collocations

-Capitol Hill Concerned About Universal Service Implementation

-TV White Spaces Rules Modifications

-Cellular Overlay Proceeding

-Foreign Ownership

-Google Fined

-Curbing Smartphone Theft

-Wireless Tax Moratorium

-Political Advertising

-FCC Reconsiders Text-To-Speech Alerting Issue

Excerpt from Google Fined

The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against Google as part of its investigation of Google’s Street View project. However, the proposed $25,000 fine is not related to Google’s collection of consumer “payload” data (including e-mail and text messages, passwords, Internet usage history, and other highly sensitive personal information), but because it “willfully and repeatedly” violated FCC orders to produce certain information and documents requested by the FCC.

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