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FCC Likely to Launch New Rulemaking Proceeding to Further Reform Lifeline Program

The FCC is gearing up to launch a new rulemaking proceeding to once again overhaul the Lifeline program. The last major reform of the program was in 2012, and this new rulemaking would likely continue the work of some of the...more

Is Paying Extra for Privacy the Future of Home Internet Service?

All eyes are on AT&T after the carrier launched its gigabit fiber-to-the-home Internet service in Kansas City, pricing part of the service based on a user's privacy preferences. Interested users can access the carrier's...more

House Passes New Cybersecurity Legislation Amidst Growing Pressure from Industry

The House of Representatives passed the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”) yesterday, amidst growing pressure from industry to enact legislation that would help companies harden key infrastructure and respond...more

What FCC’s Transparency Rule Means For Internet Privacy

There has been extensive coverage of the Federal Communication Commission’s new Open Internet Order, including questions about its ultimate fate, given pending court challenges. One element of the order that has not gotten...more

Net Neutrality Applies to Cell Networks

In February, the FCC enacted new rules governing network neutrality that could have a profound influence on the telecommunications industry. The FCC’s new rules will extend its current purview and will encompass cell networks...more

This Changes Everything: The FCC Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order

I. Not Your Father’s Broadband - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 12, 2015, released a new template for future regulation of a basket of mass market retail services it has named “broadband Internet...more

Five Key Principles to Consider for Successful Broadband Deployments

LinkedIn CEO, Jeff Weiner, gave a talk at this year’s Launch Festival in San Francisco. As reported online by Business Insider, he listed what he believes to be the five key principles that make a world class tech product or...more

FCC Announces Broadband Consumer Privacy Workshop – April 28

Commission makes good on Chairman Wheeler’s promise following adoption of new Net Neutrality rules The Federal Communications Commission recently announced that will hold a public workshop on April 28, exploring the FCC’s...more

The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...more

Middle East – Telecoms Tegulatory Round-Up

Eamon Holley of DLA Piper briefly reviews some key developments in four Gulf telecoms markets during 2014 and looks to what might lie ahead in 2015. Bahrain - Bahrain’s TRA has a reputation for being a dynamic and...more

“Enhanced” Transparency Requirements Expand Current Disclosure Obligations (But Temporarily Exempts Smaller Providers)

The Order does not formally modify the text of the existing “transparency” rule, which was upheld by the D.C. Circuit in Verizon v. FCC in 2014. However, the Order does prescribe numerous “enhancements” to the rule, which...more

FCC Forbears “For Now” From Requiring Universal Service Contribution From Broadband Providers

Section 254(d) of the Act requires providers of “telecommunications services” to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is used to subsidize telephone and broadband service in high-cost areas, for...more

FCC Releases Full Text of Order Preempting State Laws Limiting Municipal Broadband

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released the text of its order preempting provisions of North Carolina and Tennessee law that allow municipalities to provide broadband service but otherwise limit the...more

FCC Applies Section 222 to BIAS Providers, but Delays Specialized Rules

The Order does not forbear from applying Section 222 of the Act to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) providers. It did, however, forbear from applying its existing rules implementing Section 222, in recognition that...more

FCC Shifts Net Neutrality into High Gear

On March 12, 2015, the FCC published its long-anticipated Net Neutrality order. The Final Rules stem from the question asked by the FCC in its May Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: “What is the right public policy to ensure that...more

Net Neutrality: More Winners Than Losers

On March 12, 2015, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the full text of the Net Neutrality rules it approved last month. Net Neutrality essentially means an open Internet where all traffic is equal, anyone...more

Impact of Reclassification on Pole Attachments

The Order recognizes that the deployment of communications networks and broadband infrastructure depends heavily on access to utility poles on reasonable rates, terms and conditions. Accordingly, the Order declined to...more

FCC Releases Open Internet Order

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or “Commission”) released the full text of its Open Internet Order (“Order”). The rules adopted in the Order will become effective 60 days after publication in the...more

Special Legal Challenges in Reclassifying Wireless Broadband As a “Telecommunications Service”

As noted in the main text, the Order’s analysis of wireless broadband proceeds in two steps. First, as noted there, the Order reviews the technical and market characteristics of broadband Internet access service (BIAS) in...more

Potential Impact of Reclassification on State and Local Tax Obligations

The Order tries to minimize the potential that state or local taxes on broadband Internet access service (BIAS) will increase as a result of reclassifying BIAS as a telecommunications service. BIAS providers, however, have...more

State Regulation of Broadband

The Order attempts to minimize the possibility of state regulation of broadband Internet access service (BIAS), leaving only the most limited role for the states. The Order reaffirms that BIAS is an interstate service for...more

FCC Opens Utility and Telephone Poles to Google

The Federal Communications Commission has finally released its long awaited Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order establishing a new policy on the status of broadband Internet access service...more

Net Neutrality: Will The Internet Still Be Open for Business As Usual?

New changes supposedly designed to foster a more “Open Internet” have resulted in something of a national backlash. Although not unexpected, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) announced approval, on a partisan...more

FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Reclassifies ISPs; May Lead To New Privacy Rules

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted to adopt FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”) as a public utility. The move, part of the...more

Net Neutrality: Fatal Regulation or Neutral Impact?

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt its Open Internet Order (Order). The Order reclassifies both wired and mobile “broadband Internet access service” as a “telecommunications...more

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