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Financial Services Report - Summer 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Summer blockbuster season is officially upon us. Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? What about Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2? It’s déjà vu all over again with Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien,...more

FCC Proposes to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a highly contentious proceeding to begin the rollback of various aspects of its network neutrality regulations, which it adopted on a party-line vote under the...more

What to Expect at the FCC’s June 2017 Open Meeting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This is Kelley Drye’s preview of the items under consideration at the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) upcoming monthly Open Meeting, to be held on June 22, 2017. Chairman Ajit Pai continues to schedule a large...more

FCC Releases Updated List of Census Blocks Excluded from the CAF Phase II Auction

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On June 8, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an updated list of census blocks for which price cap carriers will receive model-based Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support under the price cap state-wide...more

Rosenworcel Nominated for New FCC Term

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On June 13, the White House announced that Jessica Rosenworcel, who served as an FCC commissioner from 2012 until her term expired on Dec. 31, 2016, will be nominated to a new term at the agency. Rosenworcel, a Democrat, has...more

No Stay for You: UHF Discount Now in Effect

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As we wrote about at the time, in April the Pai FCC continued its efforts to modernize broadcast regulation by restoring an old rule–the UHF Discount–until it can take a broader look at its national ownership cap later this...more

DC Circuit Denies Rehearing of TCPA Fax Decision

On June 6, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied the government’s request for an en banc rehearing of a March 31, 2017, decision that invalidated a decade-old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule...more

TCPA Tracker - June 2017

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D.C. Circuit Denies Request for En Banc Review of Fax Advertisement Decision On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied a request by a group of class action plaintiff petitioners in...more

Rep. Blackburn Files Bill To Return ISP Regulation To Federal Trade Commission

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On May 18, 2017, Representative Marsha Blackburn (R. TN) introduced H.R. 2520 (the “Bill”) to the House of Representatives, which purports to shift online privacy regulation authority from the Federal Communications...more

DC Circuit Denies Intervenors’ Petition for Rehearing En Banc After Striking Down FCC Regulations Requiring Opt-out Notifications...

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On March 31, 2017, the D.C. Circuit struck down FCC regulations requiring that solicited fax advertisements include opt-out notifications, holding that the TCPA did not grant the FCC the authority to impose such a requirement...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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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

FCC Amends NAL in Rural Healthcare Proceeding, Increases Proposed Fine

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the first action of its kind, on June 7, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued an amendment to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order (“NAL”), for alleged violations of the rules...more

$283MM in Telemarketing Penalties: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Big Dish Ruling This Week

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On the heels of a crushing $60MM civil judgment in North Carolina two weeks ago, Dish was hit with a staggering $283MM in penalties in an epic ruling by Judge Sue E. Myerscough of the Central District of Illinois this week in...more

Marty Stern: Hot-Button Issues Facing the FCC—More than Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While Net Neutrality remains the highest profile issue involving the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC continues to receive a significant volume of comments from industry officials and lobbying...more

Is Antitrust Law a Viable Substitute for Net Neutrality?

In April 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a Notice of Proposed Order, Restoring Internet Freedom, seeking to reverse the FCC’s previous adoption of “net neutrality” principles in its March 2015 Open Internet Order. Net...more

BROWSER Act Aims to Replace Invalidated FCC Privacy Rules

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US Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) recently introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act (the Bill), under which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would regain...more

Reminder: Quarterly FCC International Reports Due June 30, 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

FCC Quarterly Section 63.10(c)(2) International Traffic and Revenue Report - All carriers authorized to provide international communications service and classified as dominant must file a quarterly report detailing traffic...more

Browsewrap Disclosure Held Insufficient to Constitute “Prior Express Written Consent” Even for a Healthcare-Related Call

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Folks involved with selling health insurance, or anything else for that matter, and who rely upon browsewrap website terms might want to give Sullivan v. All Web Leads, Inc., No. 17-cv-1307, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84232 (N.D....more

National Pharmacy Avoids TCPA Claim for Flu Shot Robocall under Health Care Rule Exemption

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that an automated, pre-recorded message sent on behalf of Rite Aid informing recipients to obtain a flu vaccine shot was exempted from the Telephone Consumer...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

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New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

Commission Resolves Long-Pending Stratos and Morris USF Contribution-Related Petitions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In orders issued last week, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) continues what appears to be a trend of resolving long-pending universal service fund (USF) contribution issues. The Orders, released May 23,...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - June 2017

Ninth Circuit: Website Moderators May Be Agents of ISPs - Why it matters: On April 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit revived a copyright infringement case filed by a paparazzi group against social media platform LiveJournal that...more

Court Grants Multiple Motions To Dismiss In TCPA Vicarious Liability Case

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On May 10, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan granted the multiple motions to dismiss of hotel chains AM Resorts, LP and Newport Hospitality, LLC (collectively, “Resorts”) in a...more

FCC Net Neutrality War

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On April 27, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), proposing to reverse the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order (“Title II Order”), which had applied Title II...more

Proposed BROWSER Act Would Require ISPs and Edge Service Providers to Give Users Opt-in and Opt-out Rights for the Use and...

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On May 18, 2017, Martha Blackburn (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced H.R. 2520, the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equality and...more

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