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Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: What Does It Mean for TCPA Lawsuits?

As reported in our recent TCPA Connect, on May 16 the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The High Court ruled that a plaintiff must show a "concrete" injury-in-fact to...more

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

Uber Picks Up A Lawsuit

In a recently filed class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) sent autodialed text messages to individuals after those individuals opted out of the messages by texting back “stop,” which,...more

FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

FCC Proposes Formal Privacy Regulations for Broadband ISPs

On March 31, 2016, a 3-2 majority of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") to establish a set of regulations governing the data collection, use, and sharing...more

Got a Compliance Plan or ETC Application Pending with the FCC? FCC Seeking Affirmation of Continued Interest from ETCs

On May 18th, 2016, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice informing carriers with pending Lifeline compliance plans or applications for designation as an ETC that they must submit an “affirmative...more

Top Takeaways from DWT’s April 26 Open Internet Webinar

As the communications industry anxiously awaits a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on the judicial challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules, the Commission is...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing to Discuss FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules

On May 11, the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules.” Present at the hearing were witnesses FCC Chairman Thomas...more

TCPA Connect - May 2016

BREAKING: SCOTUS Rules on Spokeo, Significant Implications for TCPA Cases - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins that a plaintiff must show an injury in fact before pursuing a...more

FCC issues NPRM on TCPA Exemption for U.S. Government Debt

In response to a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Pub. L. No. 114-74), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has promulgated a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the new...more

FCC Announces Effective Date for Expanded Online Public File Requirement

In our Memorandum of January 28, 2016, we described the FCC’s expansion of the online public file requirement to cable TV, DBS, broadcast and satellite radio stations. Until now, only TV stations have been required to keep...more

FCC Approves Release of NPRM to Implement Government Debt TCPA Exemption

On May 4, 2016, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to exempt robocalls made to collect “a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States” from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement. The new rules will...more

Let’s Go Crazy: The FTC and FCC Launch “Parallel” Investigations Into Security Updates of Mobile Communications Industry

Earlier this week, the FTC and FCC announced “parallel” investigations into how carriers and mobile device makers release information on vulnerabilities, and how and when mobile security patches are distributed. The...more

NTIA Suggests Steps to Expedite Executive Review of Applications for Section 214 and Submarine Cable Act Authority; FCC Seeks...

The “Team Telecom” review process of applications involving foreign ownership has long endured a reputation for excessive length and opacity. It appears change may be on the horizon but will the change be welcomed? On...more

Broadcast Client Advisory: June 24, 2016 Effective Date for Expanded On-Line Public Files

The FCC has announced that its expanded requirements for on-line public files will become effective June 24, 2016. Commercial radio stations in the top 50 Nielsen markets with five or more full-time employees must begin...more

Senate Committee Seeks Information on Rural Health Care and E-Rate Consultant Fees

On May 10, Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and USAC CEO Chris Henderson requesting...more

All New Online Public File for TV, Radio, Cable and Satellite Coming June 24th

Television broadcasters have had to comply with an online Public Inspection File requirement since 2012. This past January, the FCC announced that it would expand the online Public File requirement to certain broadcast...more

FCC’s Proposed Regulations Would Gut TCPA Exception for Debts Owed to or Guaranteed by U.S.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Act) amended the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to remove the prior express consent requirement for calls ''made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United...more

FCC Faces Scrutiny Over Proposed Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has faced intense opposition to its proposed privacy rules for internet service providers (ISPs) – and debate is expected to escalate very soon. The U.S. Senate Committee on the...more

FCC Takes Narrowest Read of Congress’ Exemption to the TCPA for Federally Guaranteed Loans

Commentary on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, CG Docket No. 02-278, issued May 6, 2016. There was much ado about the Federal...more

FCC Adopts Framework for Broad New Regulations of Newly Christened “Business Data Services” f/k/a Special Access Services

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s plan to extend a new rate regulation regime to so-called business data services (which provide point-to-point transmission of data at guaranteed speeds and service levels), formerly known as “special...more

2016 IAPP Global Privacy Summit: Key Themes and Takeaways

Last month, privacy and security professionals from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Global Privacy Summit 2016. The conference focused on the new...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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

Internet Service Providers Face New Regulatory Environment in the FCC’s Privacy and Security Proposal

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) of privacy and security regulations for Internet service providers (ISPs). The NPRM, In The Matter of Protecting the...more

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