Communications Law Bulletin, March 2008


In this issue:

. The Month in Brief

. Third Circuit Addresses Toll-Free Numbering Rules

. USF Contribution Factor Increases More than One Percent

. Practice Tip: ETCs Must Notify Customers of DTV Transition

. Happenings on the Hill

. Media Ownership Rules Are Met with Resolutions of Disapproval

. VoIP 911 Bill Heads to Conference Committee

. Unanimous Agreement on Wireless Consumer Protection Bill

. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on FCC Transparency

. Broadcast News

. FCC Releases New Media Ownership Rules

. Education Mandated Concerning DTV Transition

. DTV Transition: It Works in Theory, but Will It Work in Practice?

. Supreme Court to Utter Last Word on Fleeting Expletives

. Justice Department Approves XM/Sirius Merger

. House Subcommittee Scrutinizes Private Equity Investment in Telecom Industry

. Enforcement Activity over the Past Month Ranges from Hearing Aid Compatibility Issues to Slamming

. Hearing Aid Compatibility NALs

. Horizon Telecom Slamming NAL

. FCC Brings “Junk Fax” Enforcement Actions

. Communications Options Subject to Forfeiture Order for Failure to Maintain Records

. States Seek to Expand the Availability of Broadband Services

. State Legislatures Continue Efforts to Relax Telecommunications Regulations

. Federal Court Grants Preliminary Injunction in Favor of Vonage

. Global NAPs Runs Out of Time in California

. South Dakota to Upgrade E911 Service

. FCC Bans Exclusive Telecom Contracts in Multi-Tenant Housing

. Cautious States Reconsider Video Franchise Reform; Idaho Presses On

. California Considering Changes to Video Franchising Law

. Minnesota Backs Off Video Franchise Reform in Favor of Further Study

. Idaho Considers Video Franchise Reform Bill

. FCC Approves New Broadband Data Collection Requirements

. Wireless Developments

. Success of 700 MHz Auction Tainted by Controversies

. FCC Tackles Hearing Aid Compatibility Decisions

. New E911 Location Accuracy Requirem

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