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FCC Slams Door to Higher Pole Attachment Rates

After kicking open a door to potential annual pole attachment rental increases in the hundreds of millions of dollars when it adopted its February 2015 Net Neutrality order, the Federal Communications Commission yesterday...more

FCC settles data security enforcement action with Cox

In what had been touted as the first data security enforcement action with a cable operator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed to settle an enforcement action following a data breach with Cox...more

Jury Returns Verdict in Cable Box Antitrust Suit in Favor of Cox Subscribers

We reported earlier today that the jury began deliberations this past Monday in the antitrust class action lawsuit against Cox Communications brought by its premium services subscribers. ...more

Cox Communications Tying Class Action Goes to the Jury

After a near two-week trial in the consumer class action lawsuit against Cox Communications, the jury began deliberations this past Monday to decide whether Cox’s alleged practice of tying premium cable services to rentals of...more

Comcast and its Discontents

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decisions in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) and AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 321 (2011), I appeared before a federal district judge on a motion to dismiss...more

Periscope, Meerkat, HBO and the Live-Stream Dilemma

With live-streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat becoming increasingly popular, the introduction of a “live” element in the social media game is creating unique business and legal concerns. While most of the videos streamed on...more

Ties that Bind: Trial Date Nears for Cox Communications on the Legality of Linking Access to Premium Cable Services and...

Trial is set for October 13th on an antitrust class action lawsuit alleging that Cox Communications used its monopoly power over premium cable services in Oklahoma City to force consumers to rent its set-top box. The trial...more

Telecommunications Giant Hit With TCPA Treble Damages Award For Calls to Reassigned Cell Number

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibits non-emergency calls to cell phone numbers using automatic telephone dialing systems (ATDS) or prerecorded voice messages absent the called party’s prior express consent....more

Federal Communications Commission Seeks Comment on Proposed Imposition of Mandatory Network Outage Reporting Requirements for...

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its proposed rules that would require submarine cable licensees to submit reports of network outages. The proposed submarine cable outage...more

Don’t show satellite TV unless you’re paying for it!

The football season is well under way, new fall television lineups are beginning, and presidential debates are attracting viewers in record numbers. Admit it, you love watching TV. And, if you have a commercial office or...more

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 2015

Most federal licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public service, international, policy, and rulemaking activities. Fee amounts change each...more

FCC Regulatory Fees Order for FY 2015 Released; September 24 Payment Deadline Set

On September 2, 2015, the FCC released its Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2015 Report and Order (“2015 Regulatory Fees Order”) and set a fee payment deadline of no later than 11:59 PM Eastern...more

2015 FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 24, 2015

The FCC has announced a deadline of September 24 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2015 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2014. Payment may be made by credit card, debit card,...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2015

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2015 fiscal year. The fees must be received by the FCC by 11:59 PM EDT on September 24, 2015. The FCC’s electronic payment system is...more

EU consults on the Satellite and Cable Directive

As part of the European Commission's ambitious plan for a Digital Single Market, it proposes to create "a modern, more European copyright law". One of its initiatives is reform of the regulations on the copyright clearing...more

Tax Changes Made by Maine's 127th Legislature

The Maine Legislature ended its tumultuous session on July 16, 2015. After an advisory opinion by the Maine Supreme Court, we now know which bills actually became law. As usual, a number of significant tax issues were...more

Tenth Circuit Finds Concealment Of Arbitration Agreement To Constitute Waiver Of Right To Arbitrate

The Tenth Circuit recently held that Cox Communications, Inc., (Cox) had waived its right to arbitration while defending a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of its cable subscribers. These subscribers sued the...more

FCC Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

As the Federal Cable Communications Commission gets ready to adopt a new rule on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to include companies that provide video via the public Internet,...more

AT&T/DirecTV Merger Likely A Big Win for Advertisers and Sports Fans

The AT&T/DirecTV merger has not only given local sports fans hope that they will soon see their favorite teams on the air again, but has also spurred advertisers and media buying companies and agencies to reposition...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

Antitrust and Competition - European Court Confirms Commission’s Jurisdiction for Fighting International Cartels On 9 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) upheld the EUR 288 million fine...more

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X, LLC - USDC, C.D. California, July 16, 2015

District court holds that Internet television streaming service is eligible for compulsory licenses under § 111 of Copyright Act because it meets requirements of definition of “cable company” and Copyright Act does not...more

Texas Takes Step Toward Approving Charter/TWC Cable Merger

With approval of their proposed merger pending in the FCC, Charter and TWC recently filed an application to amend service provider certifications of operating authority with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. On Friday,...more

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments - Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC...more

Merging Cable Companies List Benefits for FCC Approval

Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC seeking approval of the proposed merger of the companies. The FCC must determine...more

Party Waived Right to Compel Arbitration by Waiting to Raise the Defense Until After Class Certification and Shortly Before Trial

After two years of litigation and extensive pretrial discovery, the Tenth Circuit held that cable company Cox Enterprises had waived its right to compel arbitration in an antitrust class action. The opinion is a cautionary...more

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