Communications Law Bulletin, July-August 2008


In this issue:

?? Introduction

?? Broadcast Developments: FCC Examines Embedded Advertising; Super Bowl Indecency Case Remanded to FCC

?? FCC Seeks Comments and Proposes Rules on Embedded Advertising Techniques

?? Indecency Fines Levied Against CBS Remanded

?? FCC Rules against Comcast on Net Neutrality Front

?? Comments in FCC’s regulatory fees proceeding are due September 25, 2008. Reply comments are due October 27, 2008.

?? Recent State Tax Decisions Regarding Telecommunications

?? D.C. Circuit Rebukes FCC in Directing It to Act on ISP-Bound Traffic by November 5

?? FCC to Reexamine Regulatory Fee Methodology

?? Wireless Developments

?? FCC Urged to Reinstate Spectrum Cap

?? AWS-3 A and 700 MHz D Block Auctions Likely Delayed Until New Administration Takes Office

?? Appeals Court Delays Decision on Backup-Power Mandate

?? FCC Takes Further Action on Emergency Alerts

?? FCC Needs More Time to Address Roaming

?? FCC Begins Rulemaking to Implement NET 911 Act

?? Video Competition Developments: Sixth Circuit Upholds FCC’s Franchising Rules

?? Happenings on the Hill

?? Bill Prohibiting New State Wireless Taxes

?? House Hearing on FCC Forbearance Bill

?? President Signs VoIP E911 Law

?? House Considering Bill on FCC Processes

?? Universal Service Program Developments

?? GAO Report

?? House Oversight Committee Inquiry

?? Audio Bridging Service Providers Must Have Begun Filing Form 499-Q as of August 1

?? E-Rate Service Eligibility

?? Rural Wireless Carriers Withdraw Petition Challenging Interim CETC High-Cost USF Cap, but May File Appeal

?? FCC Approves XM/Sirius Merger

?? FCC Approves Verizon Wireless Acquisition of RCC; Opposition to Verizon Purchase of Alltel Continues

?? Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects COPA

?? FCC Maintains Aggressive Enforcement Program

?? Junk Fax NALs

?? IDT International Settlements Policy NAL

?? Corr Hearing Aid Compatibility NAL

?? Cardinal Broadband

?? Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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