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After Nearly 5 Years, FCC Lifting Freeze on Mods for Unrepacked Full-Power and Class A TV Stations

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC announced late today that the freeze that has been in place since April 2013 which prevents full-power and Class A TV stations from filing applications to expand their coverage areas will be lifted temporarily, likely...more

Reminder: FCC Filing Due November 1, 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Form 499-Q Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet Carriers providing interstate and international telecommunications that are required to contribute to federal universal service support mechanisms must report their...more

FTC’s Prohibition On Illegal Sales Calls And Robocalls

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The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) operates a single National Do Not Call Registry at donotcall.gov for both personal land lines and cell phones. Although the FTC notes that the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”)...more

Alert: FCC Proposes Big Changes to Toll Free Number Rules

by Cooley LLP on

The FCC has proposed rules that could affect every company that uses toll free numbers in the US, by increasing the cost to obtain those numbers and creating an open market to buy and sell those numbers. The FCC plan would...more

Much-Needed TCPA Reform Would Support Small Businesses and Spur Economic Benefits

by Hogan Lovells on

Growing evidence suggests that existing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) compliance challenges, and the current TCPA litigation landscape, are increasingly a threat to many U.S. companies – particularly small...more

Alert: Who Paid for that Ad? US Considers Internet Disclosure Rules

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Anyone who watches television or listens to radio during an election cycle is bombarded with political advertisements from candidates, political parties and issue groups. While some commentators have lamented the rise of...more

FCC Grants Temporary Universal Service Fund Relief for Hurricane Victims

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued an order temporarily waiving several rules and requirements related to the federal Universal...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - September 2017

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Ready for good news about TCPA litigation? In this edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest — providing insights on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases and regulations — we point to a glimmer of hope for businesses....more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

“I’m Unavailable to Take Your Advertisement Right Now”: FCC Regulation of Direct-To-Voicemail Marketing

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The days of lamenting the dinnertime telemarketing call seem to have faded, but as communication technology ? particularly cell phone and smartphone usage ? has become ubiquitous, advertisers have found new avenues to...more

Federal Communications Commission Draft Order Proposes Possible Elimination and Further Streamlining of Section 43.62 Annual...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In advance of its October 24, 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) has released a Draft Report and Order (Draft Order) for Commission consideration that, if adopted, would eliminate the...more

Surprising Results for U.S. Chamber Statistics on TCPA Cases

During a 17-month period after the Federal Communication Commission’s July 2015 order, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform compiled a database of 3,121 Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases filed between Aug. 1,...more

FCC Bureau Reports on Voice Support Phasedown, Concludes Will Continue

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

This past Monday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Report examining the effects of the phasedown in E-rate support for voice services adopted in the FCC’s 2014 E-rate Modernization Order in order to emphasize...more

TV Stations’ First Ever Quarterly Transition Progress Report Due October 10

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

As we noted back in April (has it really been that long ago?) when the FCC first announced the TV spectrum repack deadlines, TV stations being repacked now have yet another quarterly filing obligation. Television stations...more

FCC Proposes to Auction Desirable 833-prefix Numbers, Allow the Sale of Toll Free Numbers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) at its September Open Meeting that proposes significant changes to not only the methodology for assigning...more

Obtaining a Toll-Free 800 Number Could Get More Expensive

The Federal Communications Commission has just issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that could dramatically change the way companies obtain 800 numbers, especially so-called vanity numbers or easy-to-remember numbers....more

FCC Chairman Proposes Another Hurricane-Related Exception to the FCC’s Rules

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A notable trend under Chairman Pai’s leadership has become the FCC’s proactive willingness to modify its rules in light of recent natural disasters. As discussed in our recent podcast, the FCC suspended or waived a number of...more

Will Anyone Pay for 1-833-AUCTION?

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Toll free telephone numbers celebrated their 50th birthday this year (frankly, without much fanfare). These numbers allow callers to reach businesses without being charged for the call. When long distance calling was...more

Dialing 911 From Offices or Hotels - Potential New Regulations

The FCC is assessing whether additional federal regulations are needed to ensure that workers in office buildings or hotel guests have access to up-to-date 911 services when the business owner uses new IP communications...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ September 2017

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Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. The FCC entered into a Consent...more

FCC Proposes Rule Modifications to ACS Formal Complaint Procedures

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which it proposed to streamline procedural rules for several types of formal complaint proceedings, including those...more

FCC Proposes Exempting Non-Nationwide Providers From Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Reporting Requirement

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) voted unanimously at its Open Meeting on September 27, 2017 to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that proposes exempting certain types of wireless providers...more

Broadcast Issues/Programs Lists Due; Online Public File Reminder; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits; and Class A TV...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

By October 10, 2017, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during July, August and...more

911 Concerns Fuel New FCC Proceeding

Imagine dialing 911 and hearing an automated voice tell you that what you have dialed is not a valid number; or reaching a 911 call center only to have emergency personnel dispatched to the wrong location. In response to such...more

TCPA Connect - September 2017

A Winner for the Defense - Judge Padova in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted a motion by Kohl’s to dismiss a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action for lack of standing in Winner v....more

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