Communications Law Bulletin, January 2009



*The Month in Brief

*Wireless Developments

..Family-Friendly Content Filter Dropped from AWS-3 Free Broadband Proposal

..CTIA Proposes to Base Cellular Licensing on Market Areas

..Officials Grapple with Controversial Cell Phone Jamming Proposal

*FCC and Lawmakers Consider DTV Transition Delay; Analog Nightlight Service Program on Track for Implementation

..Despite Efforts of Congressional and FCC Democrats, Delay of Digital Television Transition Deadline Stalled for Now

..Analog Nightlight Program Going Forward

*Other Legislative Developments

..Renewed Efforts to Reform FCC’s Forbearance Authority

..Legislators Hope to Prevent the Return of the Fairness Doctrine

..Proposed Legislation to Bar Satellite Radio Offering Local Content

*AT&T Agrees to Pay Government $2.38 Million to Settle DOJ and FCC Investigations of Alleged Violations of AT&T/Dobson Merger Conditions

*Wide-Ranging Enforcement Activity Marks Chairman Martin’s Final Month

..Broadcast EEO Notices of Apparent Liability

..AT&T CPNI Consent Decree


..Cable Channel Migration Practices

*Chairman Martin Departs from FCC with No Action on Intercarrier Compensation/Universal Service Reform

*FCC and Congress Keep Net Neutrality Issues in the News

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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