Communications Law Bulletin - April 2009


In this issue:

*The Month in Brief

*Supreme Court Upholds FCC?s “Fleeting Expletives” Indecency Rule

*Progress on EU Regulatory Reforms

*Denial of Complaint Against MetroPCS Spells out CMRS Interconnection Rules

*FCC Seeks Comment on Broadband Programs Under the Recovery Act and Seeks Comment on Broadband Mapping

o National Broadband Plan Under the Recovery Act

o FCC’s Consultative Role on the Recovery Act Broadband Programs

o Comment Cycle for Broadband Data Improvement Act Implementation

o Digital Television Transition Funds

*Legislative Developments: Congress?s Universal Service Fund Investigation Returns; Proposed Legislation on Wireless Spam and In-Flight Calling

*White House Memorandum Addresses Communications with Lobbyists

*FCC Release NPRM to Promote Rural Radio Stations

*Recent Enforcement Activity Covers a Wide Range of Violations

o Intel Corp. Consent Decree

o Omniat International Telecom NAL

o Hawking Technologies, Inc. Forfeiture Order

o Hughes Communications, Inc. Consent Decree

o WordNet, L.L.C. NAL

o Hauppauge Computer Works, Inc. NAL

*Tip Box

*Wireless Developments

o DC Circuit Rejects Challenge to Designated Entity Rules

o Four Largest U.S. Wireless Carriers Agree to Mobile Marketing “Best Practices”

o FCC Revises Its 4.9 GHz Rules to Assist Public Safety Users

*FCC Initiates High Cost USF Inquiry Following the 2005 “Qwest II” Remand

*Alabama and Tennessee Closer to Deregulating Basic Telephone Services

*Orbital Collision Prompts U.S. Military to Track More Spacecraft

*U.S. Eases Restrictions on Telecom Services to Cuba

*Free Press Urges Application of Internet Policy Statement to Wireless

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