On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and...more
There is a good deal of misinformation being distributed about municipal construction of broadband systems (fiber based internet access), including that consumers and businesses don’t need it and that local governments should...more
Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more
As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more
After the Net Neutrality decision, the FCC has a number of options, all of which could have an important impact on providers and users alike....more
On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC’s 2010 “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules that had banned blocking or discriminatory treatment of web sites or other online applications by...more
On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a long-awaited decision on the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. That Order required broadband Internet...more
In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of...more
On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded the operative portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) network neutrality regulations....more
The FCC recently announced that respondents to the Commission’s “urban rate survey” must complete survey responses no later than Jan. 17, 2014. The urban rate survey is an FCC initiative to collect information of fixed voice...more
On September 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) directed at expediting the deployment of wireless broadband facilities. Currently, parties seeking to...more
Is It Time to Think About Establishing a Municipal Network?
You are a Major Consumer of Communications -
And your Cable Operator Supplied “Institutional Network” is….
(b) A thing...more
In This Presentation:
FCC Issues -
• When will we have a 5 person Commission?
..E Rate and help for broadband adoption
..Demise of Title II regulation and the rise of net...more
What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry -
As the first president to appoint a chief technology officer, President Obama has worked hard to portray himself as a friend to the tech industry. He’s...more
It´s STEM People time.
The debate of immigration across the US is being fueled by the lack of STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering and math). The scarcity of STEM people in Silicon Valley has forced the...more
The FCC has issued an order outlining the procedures by which broadband providers can challenge potential subsidies directed to incumbent providers in their service areas under the Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidy program....more
In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued last week, the FCC proposed to establish a new, terrestrial-based, air-to-ground (“ATG”) mobile broadband service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz Ku-band, providing multi-gigabyte broadband...more
On Feb. 20, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and initiated a proceeding to release 195 megahertz of additional spectrum for potential use by unlicensed devices...more
Communications Law: The Relentless Pursuit of Broadband Competition -
As the Obama administration enters its second term, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is one of many federal agencies likely...more
We are pleased to provide a collection of commentaries on the critical legal issues facing our clients in 2013.
There is hope that global economic and market conditions will continue to improve despite ongoing...more
The 112th Congress saw a lot of activity focused on new and changing technologies, but few legislative breakthroughs. Early in the year, there was significant activity around intellectual property and online piracy issues,...more
Executive Summary: The Federal Communications Commission has released an Order significantly expanding access to $400 million in funds available to health care providers for more accessible and affordable broadband services....more
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a new Healthcare Connect Fund (Fund), designed to expand health care provider (HCP) access to broadband technologies and to encourage the creation of broadband health...more
Federal Communications Commission (FCC; the "Commission") decision making continues to be active in the area of telemedicine. Recently, on December 21, 2012, the agency released a lengthy decision updating its rules and...more
On Dec. 21, the FCC released its long-awaited Report and Order reforming its funding mechanisms for rural health care by creating a Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) of $400 million annually....more
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