Communications Law Bulletin - July 1, 2009



*The Month in Brief

*FCC Imposes “Whipsawing” Sanctions Against Tongan Carrier *Telecom Mergers and Acquisitions Proceed

*All-Time High Contribution Factor Renews Calls for USF Reform

*Broadcast Developments: Completion of Long-Awaited DTV Transition

*Telecom Tax Legislative Developments

..House Introduces Bill to Repeal Federal Excise Tax on Communications Services

..Senate Introduces Mobile Wireless Tax Fairness Act

..House Split on Bill to Ban State Taxes on Cell Phones *Wireless Legislative Developments

..House Introduces Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act

..Tax on Personal Use of Work Cell Phones

..Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Text Messaging Rates

..Senators Ask FCC to Examine Handset Exclusivity Deals *Broadband Legislative Developments

..Broadband Conduit Bill

..Broadband Internet Fairness Act / Broadband Pricing Bill *Broadband Developments: U.S. and U.K. Initiatives Planned to Bring Universal Broadband Access

..Parties File Initial Comments on the National Broadband Plan

..FCC Releases Rural Broadband Report

..New UK Broadband Fee

*Video Competition Developments: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in “Shot Clock” Video Franchising Case

*Recent Enforcement Activity Focuses on Section 214 Authority and USF Obligations

..Teleplus NAL

..Hiawatha Broadband Consent Decree

..Global Crossing Consent Decree

*Ninth Circuit Holds That States May Not Enforce Access or Pricing Obligations Under Section 271 of the Communications Act

*Tip Box: New Electronic Form for Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Reports

*FCC Adopts Procedural Rules for Forbearance Petitions

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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