Communications Law Bulletin, May 2008

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In this issue:

The Month in Brief

Maryland Federal Court Subjects VoIP to Baltimore Telecommunications Tax

FCC Grants AT&T Forbearance from Cost Assignment Rules

Annual Regulatory Fee Proceeding Seeks Comment on IBC Fees

Martin Anticipates June Vote on XM/Sirius Merger

States Consider Various Deregulatory Measures as Well as Universal Service, VoIP, and E911 Issues

Court Remand Adds Uncertainty to Broadband over Powerline Services

Recent Judicial and Legislative Developments Could Impact VoIP Services

FCC Imposes Interim High-Cost Support Cap on Competitive Carriers, and Sprint Unveils Universal Service Reform Plan

Interim Universal Service Support Cap for Competitive Carriers

Sprint’s Universal Service Reform Plan

FCC Initiates “Analog-Only” Consumer Alert Enforcement Proceedings and Escalates Its Campaign Against USF Contribution Violators

Comcast Appeals FCC’s Refusal of Its CableCARD Waiver; State Video Franchising Reform Proceeds in Louisiana and Tennessee; Verizon Meets Resistance in Manhattan

Comcast Appeals CableCard

State Video Competition Developments

New York Consumer Groups Seek Delay of Verizon Video Franchise

Wireless Developments

FCC Starts Rulemaking to Reauction 700 MHz D Block License

Auction of Leftover PCS and AWS Licenses Scheduled

Court Upholds FCC Rebanding Mandate that Sprint Nextel Vacate Frequencies by June 26

Rural Group Petitions to Prohibit Exclusive Deals Between Carriers and Handset Manufacturers

FCC to Hold En Banc Hearing on Early Termination Fees

First DTV Test Market Chosen; Media Ownership Rules Under Attack; Congress Calls on FCC to Probe Television Appearances of Military Analysts

First DTV Test Market Chosen; Early Cutoff Begins Fall 2008

Senate Passes Resolution Revoking FCC’s Media Ownership Rules, but Faces Veto

House Democrats Seek FCC Probe of Networks’ Use of Military Analysts

Happenings on the Hill

Practice Tip: Enhanced CORES Security Measures Effective May 20, 2008

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