Communications Law Bulletin, April 2008


In this issue:

*The Month in Brief

*Provider Changes and Customer Retention Efforts in FCC Spotlight

*Wireless Developments

*700 MHz Auction Debate Continues

*FCC Adopts Technical Requirements for Cell Phone Alerts

*FCC Seeks Comment on Fraudulent Wireless 911 Calls

*FCC Makes Procedural Changes to Recent HAC Order

*CTIA Adopts Location-Based Privacy Best Practices

*FCC Extends LMDS Build-out Deadline

*Court Rejects Challenge to Anti-Collusion Rule

*FCC Increases Globalstar’s ATC Spectrum

* Chairman Martin and FCC Active in Net Neutrality and Open Access Matters

*States Tackle VoIP Regulation, Universal Service, and Other Regulatory Reform

*Recent Universal Service Developments Include a Novel ETC Designation Limited to Lifeline Service and Two Important NALs

*FCC Majority Favors Interim Cap on CETC High-Cost Support

*FCC Announces Stricter Forfeiture Calculation Methodology for USF Violations

*TracFone Granted Limited ETC Status for Lifeline Service Support

*FCC Reaffirms USF Contribution Methodology for Intrastate and International Services

*Tennessee and Louisiana Move Closer to State-Level Video Franchising While Maine Reaffirms Local Control

*Tennessee Finally Brings Parties Together on Video Franchising

*Louisiana Senate Advances Video Franchising Reform Bill

*Maine Adopts Model Cable Franchise Agreements

*Vermont Telephone Company Requests Declaratory Ruling as to Interconnection Rights of VOIP Providers Under Sections 251 and 252

*April 2008 Is DTV Enforcement Month

*FCC Releases Flood of DTV-Related Enforcement Orders

*Recon Order Revises DTV Consumer Education Rules and Establishes May 2008 Deadline

*New Local HD Rules for Direct Broadcast Satellite System Operators

*Happenings on the Hill

*FCC Provides More Advance Notice of Open Meeting Agenda Items

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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