The United States Federal Communications Commission

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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

FCC to Collect Regulatory Fees from Companies That Manage Multiple Toll Free Numbers, Due September 2015

On September 2, 2015, the FCC opened its Fee Filer system for payment of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015) Regulatory Fees which will be due by 11:59 PM on Thursday September 24, 2015. For the first time, the FCC will begin...more

FCC Shows Hand on Regulation of Edge Providers

In a prior post, we commented on how the recent expansion of the FCC’s authority to regulate the privacy practices of Internet service providers (ISPs) has ignited calls for further expansion of the FCC’s authority to cover...more

11th, 6th Circuits Rule on TCPA Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Sixth Circuits recently issued two rulings regarding when a consumer has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages or...more

FCC may be close to allowing broadcasters to disclose contest terms online

The Federal meeting on September 17, 2015, lists as one of the two subjects to be discussed: “Modernizing contest rules. The Commission will consider a report and order to provide broadcasters greater flexibilities in their...more

FCC Sheds New Light on TCPA’s Exemption for Healthcare-Related Calls

As we have previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling and Order (“Order”) on July 10, 2015, clarifying several sections of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and...more

Is it Illegal for a Debt Collector to Call Your Cell Phone?

Struggling with overwhelming debt problems is stressful – and a big source of that stress is the unending debt collection telephone calls. And now that we all have a cell phone with us pretty much 24 hours a day debt...more

FCC Grants Requests for Retroactive Waiver of Fax Opt-Out Notice Requirements Under the TCPA

On August 28, 2015, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, acting under the authority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), issued an order granting over 100 petitioner requests for retroactive waiver of the...more

Common Sense Rulings on the Meaning of “Prior Express Consent”

On August 20, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion in Murphy v. DCI Biologicals Orlando, LLC, No. 14-10414, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14632 (11th Cir. Aug. 20, 2015), affirming an...more

FCC Proposes Reform of Radiofrequency Equipment Authorization Rules

Faced with the rapid growth of increasingly complex wireless products, the FCC proposes to upgrade its equipment authorization program to prevent harmful interference without stifling innovation and product development....more

Sixth Circuit Weighs in on TCPA “Prior Express Consent”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently addressed both the timing and scope of “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The plaintiff in Stephen M. Hill v. Homeward...more

A Busy Summer at the FCC: The Commission Releases Its Fax Waiver Order

On August 28, 2015, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“Bureau”), on authority delegated from the Federal Communications Commission, released an Order (“August 28 Order”) granting 117 petitions seeking a...more

6th Circuit Rules Prior Express Consent Defeats Mortgagor TCPA Claim Against Lender

On August 21, the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit issued its ruling in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., 2015 WL 4978464 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), and affirmed a jury verdict...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #4

In Case You Missed It: Possible Jail Time for TCPA Violations, Microsoft Gets Slammed With Solicitation Scam Class Action, and 'Do Not Disturb' Technology Gets Pushed on FCC - The world of the Telephone Consumer...more

TCPA Defendant Wins With “Human Intervention” Defense in California

A recent decision out of the Northern District of California creates new hope for TCPA defendants. In Luna v. Shac, LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-00607-HRL, 2015 WL 4941781 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 19, 2015), defendant Shac, LLC won summary...more

Web Messaging Platforms After The FCC’s Declaratory Ruling

While various petitioners are challenging the FCC’s July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling before the D.C. Circuit, a recent district court decision is one of the first to address its impact on a pending TCPA claim. See Luna v....more

For the First Time, FCC Will Collect Regulatory Fees from Companies That Manage Multiple Toll Free Numbers

Last year, the FCC announced that it would begin collecting FCC Regulatory Fees from a new class of contributors – "Responsible Organizations" or "RespOrgs." Carrier-affiliated RespOrgs already are subject to FCC regulation,...more

California Court Dismisses TCPA Claim, Finding Human Intervention in Transmission of Internet Text Messages Removed Them From FCC...

In one of the first court decisions issued since the FCC’s declaratory ruling expansively defined autodialers for purposes of the TCPA, a California district court has dismissed TCPA claims based on promotional text messages,...more

FCC Settles First Data Security Enforcement Action

On July 9, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission settled its first data security case with two related telecommunications carriers – TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc. – for $3.5 million. The settlement resolves...more

Sixth Circuit Rules on New TCPA Limitations

On Friday, the Sixth Circuit declared that a debtor who provides a cellphone number to a creditor has consented to receiving calls, and the creditor does not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. §...more

FCC Issues $2.96 Million Fine for Robocalling Violations

Last week, the FCC issued its self-described “largest forfeiture order” to date for robocalling violations. The Commission announced the $2.96 million fine against a travel company based in Tampa, Florida, and its owner, for...more

Eleventh Circuit Addresses TCPA Again: Confirms Validity of 1992 FCC Ruling on “Prior Express Consent”

It would be difficult to identify a federal circuit court of appeals that has released a larger number of influential consumer finance decisions in the last year than the Eleventh Circuit. And last week, the court continued...more

Strip Club Beats TCPA Case With Human Intervention

The Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas sends promotional text messages to its customers. Doing so involved multiple steps. First, a Club employee inputs telephone numbers into a mobile marketing website. He does this by...more

TCPA Connect - August 2015

New Bill Would Create Criminal Penalties for TCPA Violations - Could telemarketers be facing jail time for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? The answer might be "yes" if a bill introduced by Sen....more

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