Communications Law Bulletin, February 2009


In this issue:

*The Month in Brief

*NY Franchising Bill Introduced

*Orbital Collision Raises Space Debris Concerns

*Wireless Developments

*FCC Reverses Position and Rejects Proposed Cell Phone Jamming Tests

*CTIA Adopts Voluntary Industry Guidelines for Mobile Banking Services

*Congress Passes Stimulus Bill, with Several Billion Dollars Appropriated for Broadband

*NTIA to Implement Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and National Broadband Map

*FCC to Develop National Broadband Plan

*USDA Rural Utilities Service Broadband Grants, Loans, and Loan Guarantees

*Congress Delays DTV Transition, But Many Stations Opted to Make Transition on February 17

*DTV Transition Delay Legislation and Initial FCC Implementation

*FCC’s Second Report and Order Implementing the DTV Delay Act

*Effect of DTV Transition Delay on New Licensees of Spectrum Recovered from Broadcasters

*D.C. Circuit Upholds Two FCC Orders Enforcing Proprietary Information Safeguards Against First Amendment Challenges

*Court Upholds FCC’s Retention Marketing Order in Verizon California v. FCC

*Court Upholds “Opt-In” Approval for CPNI in NCTA v. FCC

*Spectrum Issues Dominate Enforcement Bureau Agenda in February

*Non-Compliant Device NALs

*Cascade Anti-Collusion NAL

*Satellite Radio Equipment NALs

*Retreat on Cable Channel Migration NALs


*Other Telecom Happenings on the Hill

*Upcoming Deadlines for Your Calendar

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