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FCC Vows Its Never Gonna Give Up On Bridging Digital Divide: Opens Rulemakings To Promote Access To Broadband Infrastructure

At the end of March, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai branded April “Infrastructure Month.” He paired this declaration with the announcement of a comprehensive agenda aimed at tackling a host of infrastructure-related challenges...more

Trump Privacy Rollback Continues, States Step Up

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed a repeal of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have subjected broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to more stringent consumer privacy regulations....more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

by King & Spalding on

Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

What’s the State of the Tech Industry? Trump Admin’s Repeal Means Broadband Net Providers and Tech Companies Now Face Consumer...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A recent repeal of federal consumer privacy rules has opened the door to potential sharing and use of sensitive, consumer data with only individual state privacy laws standing in the way....more

Broadband Internet Service Providers no Longer Subject to FCC Privacy Rules Preventing them from Selling Private Consumer...

by Nossaman LLP on

Both the House (215-205) and Senate (50-48) have voted to revoke the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules which would have forced broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Verizon,...more

President Signs Law Overriding FCC Rules Regarding Online Privacy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 3, 2017, the President signed into law a joint resolution that eliminates rules submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get approval from...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

by Perkins Coie on

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

FCC Broadband Privacy Regulations Rescinded; States Consider Adopting Measures

As was expected, President Trump signed into law the rescinding of the broadband privacy regulations adopted in 2016 by the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC)....more

It’s Official: Privacy and Security Rules from Wheeler Era Repealed

On Monday, April 3, President Trump signed a bill repealing the privacy and security rules introduced in the FCC’s October 2016 Order. Under the terms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), those rules have now been entirely...more

FCC Broadband Privacy Rule Dead and Buried

by BakerHostetler on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Privacy and Data Security Rule for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers (the Privacy Rule) is dead. As we discussed, the new rule that was set to start phased...more

Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Riverside County has issued a Request for Participants, seeking private companies who are willing to partner with the County and build out wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed, broadband...more

With USF Auctions Approaching, FCC Establishes Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force

On April 3, 2017, the FCC announced the formation of the Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force to implement the upcoming Universal Service Fund (USF) related auctions. Although there was no discussion of a task force in the...more

The Need for Speed: FCC Circulates Proposal to Accelerate Broadband Deployment

On March 30, 2017, the FCC released a draft of a combined Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comment designed to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of next generation broadband networks....more

FCC Chairman Pai Announces Plans to Require All Lifeline Providers to Seek Licenses from States—LBP Process to be Eliminated

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On March 29, 2017, FCC Chairman Pai announced plans to initiate a proceeding at the FCC to eliminate the Lifeline Broadband Provider (“LBP”) designation process administered by its Wireline Competition Bureau. He also...more

Alert: Congress Has Repealed the FCC’s Privacy Rules – Now What?

by Cooley LLP on

By narrow and largely party-line votes, the Senate and the House of Representatives have repealed the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules. The repeal occurred pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a...more

Hogan Lovells academic all-stars debate hot tech topics

by Hogan Lovells on

On 17 March Hogan Lovells hosted a live webinar where several of our Global TMT thought leaders interviewed a panel of academic experts from our Law and Technology Academic Advisory Council on the key legal and tech trends...more

Hook Me Up: Established and Start-up Competitive Providers Find Common Ground Discussing Broadband Deployment Issues

by Hogan Lovells on

Consumers today expect high-speed access to content, anytime, anywhere. We often take for granted the ability to leave home, head to work, and travel to many cities, or even across the country, without losing the ability to...more

FCC Adopts Framework for $4.53B Mobility Fund Phase II

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

After some months of delay, the FCC has launched the second phase in its plans to provide significant subsidies over the next decade to fund the expansion of mobile wireless services to unserved rural areas of the country....more

3GPP Paves Way for Accelerated 5G Standards Development

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During a plenary meeting held March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) a standards-developing collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations approved an accelerated time...more

FCC Votes To Block Its Own Privacy Rule

by King & Spalding on

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week that he is planning to take the first step to return authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices to the Federal...more

FCC Finalizes Weighting Criteria for Evaluating Provider Bids in CAF Phase II Auction

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On March 2, the FCC released an Order finalizing the competitive bidding framework for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Under the Phase II auction the FCC will distribute nearly two billion dollars to...more

FCC's Halt Of Privacy Rule Signals Net Neutrality Reversal

Timothy Toohey was quoted in a Law360 article, March 2, 2017, discussing the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to prevent certain elements of privacy regulations from taking effect on broadband providers and signaling...more

FCC Stay of Broadband Privacy Rules Foreshadows Deregulatory Measures

by Perkins Coie on

As anticipated, the Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission are taking steps to pare down the 2016 Broadband Privacy Order now that they are in the majority. The FCC has released an order staying the data...more

New FCC Stays ISP Data Security Rules from Wheeler Era

On Wednesday, the Chairman Pai-led FCC adopted an Order granting a stay of the data security rules that were adopted as part of the Commission’s 2016 Privacy Order spearheaded by former FCC Chairman Wheeler. The stay will...more

FCC Authorizes First LTE-U Devices

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Wireless carriers are a major step closer to using unlicensed spectrum to ease network congestion and boost speeds following the FCC’s authorization of the first LTE-Unlicensed (“LTE-U”) devices on February 22, 2017. LTE-U...more

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