Communications Law Bulletin - February 2007


The Month in Brief

?? Staff Reports in 2006 Biennial Review Released – Quicker Action on Section 214 Applications


?? Senate Holds FCC Oversight Hearings; House Hearings Are Postponed

?? Broadcast Developments

?? FCC Conditionally Grants Qwest Forbearance Relief from Dominant Carrier Regulation of Its In-Region,

Unseparated Long Distance Services

?? State Legislators Focus on Wireless Consumer Protection Issues

?? Virginia Legislature Passes Bill to End State Review of Telecommunications Company Mergers

?? Federal Court Finds that San Francisco’s Encroachment Permit Ordinance Is Preempted by the

Telecommunications Act

?? Texas Challenges Sprint Nextel Tax Recovery Surcharge

?? Court Strikes Down Approval of Verizon-MCI Merger in Pennsylvania

?? Qwest Brings Mandamus Petition to Suspend AT&T Tariff

?? Universal Service Developments

?? FTC’s Two-Day Broadband Workshop Highlights Net Neutrality Divide, and Maryland Steps into the


?? White House Budget for 2008 Proposes Increase in FCC Spending and Announces Plans for

Spectrum-Related Legislation

?? Legislative Developments

?? New Prepaid Calling Card Quarterly Reports and Certifications Due 2Q2007

?? XM and Sirius to Merge

?? House Committee Moves Measure on CFIUS Review Process

?? Video Franchising Developments

?? Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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