Communications Law Bulletin, February 2008


Communications Law Bulletin, February 2008

In this issue:

The Month in Brief

Net Neutrality Remains in the Spotlight

Another Step Towards Transparency in FCC Processes

Happenings on the Hill

Practice Tip: Lockbox Change

FCC Imposes Two Indecency Fines Just Prior to Five-Year Statutory Deadline as Well as 13 NALs for Failing to Respond to Informal Complaints

NYPD Blue Forfeiture

Married by America Forfeiture

Informal Complaint NALs

FCC Initiates Long-Awaited Universal Service Reform Effort

Restructure NPRM

Reverse Auction NPRM


Wireless Developments

700 MHz Auction Nears Conclusion

DC Circuit Vacates FCC Ruling Regarding Environmental Impact of Wireless Towers

FCC Approves AT&T-Aloha and T-Mobile-SunCom Transactions

Carriers Appeal E911 Location Accuracy Requirements

Report Declaring CMRS Industry Competitive Finally Released

Challenges to Designated Entity Rules Continue

State Regulatory Developments

NARUC Rejects Controversial Wireless Consumer Resolution While Unanimously Approving Other Telecom Resolutions

Verizon-FairPoint Merger Receives Final State Approvals

State Deregulatory Efforts

FCC Relaxes Media Ownership Rules and Increases Regulation of Leased Access

Democratic Commissioners and U.S. Senate Unhappy with Media Cross-Ownership Rules

FCC Changes Leased Access Rates to Promote Availability of Independent Programming

Public Education About the Digital Television Conversion Ramps Up

Video Franchising Reform Bills Continue in Several States Even as Federal Courts Defend the Rights

of Incumbent Cable Companies

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