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FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Reclassifies ISPs; May Lead To New Privacy Rules

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted to adopt FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify broadband internet service providers (“ISPs”) as a public utility. The move, part of the...more

Revised Rural Call Completion Reporting Requirements Effective April 1

Covered providers must begin collecting and retaining rural call completion data as of April 1, to be reported beginning August 1. On March 4, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) published in...more

Update: Hotel Industry Members Withdrawal FCC Wi-Fi Petition

This is an update to an article we posted on January 28, Can Hotels Legally Block Wi-Fi Hot Spots? The FCC Says No, and Fines a Hotel $600,000 For Doing It. On August 25, 2014, the American Hotel & Lodging Association,...more

Net Neutrality: Fatal Regulation or Neutral Impact?

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt its Open Internet Order (Order). The Order reclassifies both wired and mobile “broadband Internet access service” as a “telecommunications...more

No Slow Lanes, No Fast Lanes: FCC Adopts New Regulations Treating Internet as a Public Utility

Should your Internet service provider be regulated in the same manner as your telephone service provider? Despite how quaint this question might sound now that many consumers bundle their ISP, telephone and television service...more

FCC Preempts Two State Laws That Limit the Geographic Reach of Municipal Broadband Systems

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission voted to strike down provisions of North Carolina and Tennessee laws that restrict the area in which municipally-owned broadband systems in those states are allowed...more

FCC Votes to Approve New Net Neutrality Rules

On a party-line 3-2 vote, the FCC on February 26, 2015, approved new Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules, although it has not released the text of its actual ruling. Based on an FCC press release and a written statement...more

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules, Reclassifies Broadband Access under Title II

After nearly 4 million public comments, and months of vigorous public, industry, and Congressional debate, the FCC, by a 3-2 vote, approved revised net neutrality rules to “protect the Open Internet.” As expected by the...more

Cyberspace Oddity: The FCC Regulates Internet Services as Common Carrier Telecommunications Services, “Protecting and Promoting...

The FCC voted recently 3-2 along party lines to promulgate new rules necessary to protect the “Open Internet.” At the core of the Commission’s action lies its decision to reclassify Internet services as a...more

FCC Adopts Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Rules

The order classifies broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) today voted, by a 3-2 margin, to adopt rules designed to promote an open Internet...more

Net Neutrality/Open Internet Order

At its open meeting today, Feb. 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 along party lines to adopt an order on net neutrality, or open Internet. The text of the order is not yet released but, based upon...more

Alert: FCC Re-Adopts its Network Neutrality Rules

In broad terms, the FCC brought back the rules that the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned in early 2014, and justified its legal authority to do so by reclassifying broadband Internet access as a common carrier service subject...more

Will Net Neutrality Kill the Internet 3.0?

As expected, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules today.  Other than spokesmen for the large telecoms (and perhaps some politicians who listen to that lobby), you don’t hear much reasoned opposition to net neutrality....more

A Primer on Insurance Coverage Issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

In the past several years, plaintiffs’ attorneys around the country have exploited a once-unknown 1991 law, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), to obtain headline-grabbing, multimillion-dollar judgments and...more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #3

FCC Chair Announces New Net Neutrality Regs - The battle over net neutrality took a new turn when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to reclassify broadband service as a...more

STELAR Implementation

On Feb. 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Order amending its rules to implement certain provisions of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STELAR). The FCC concluded that these...more

Advertisements Invite Calls: FCC Seeks Comments on Request to Find Automated Calls Consensual When Recipient Advertised Number

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on a petition asking that the FCC clarify the scope of “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Specifically, Citizens Bank asks the...more

TCPA Connect - February 2015

TCPA Suit on Hold Pending FCC Petitions - A federal court judge has stayed a class action pending a decision by the Federal Communications Commission on the issue of whether the agency overstepped its bounds by issuing...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Dismisses ILEC Pole Attachment Complaint

Earlier this week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau dismissed without prejudice a pole attachment complaint filed by Verizon Florida LLC (“Verizon”) against Florida Power and Light (“FPL”). It was the FCC’s first substantive...more

Call Me, Maybe

Uncertainty Remains for Financial Institutions’ Client Communications Under the TCPA - There has been an increase in lawsuits against financial institutions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and...more

New Rules on Location of Wireless 911 Calls

For the first time, FCC regulations will cover location of 911 calls placed within buildings. Historically, the FCC’s requirements for accuracy in determining and transmitting the location of wireless 911 calls were...more

SMS to Customers Seeking “Opt-In” for Advertisements May Violate TCPA

Customers who walked into a Bebe clothing store, purchased clothing, provided their phone numbers during the sale, and later received a text inviting them to “opt-in” to a list for additional discounts have a claim against...more

FCC Should Use Scalpel, Not Ax to Preempt State Laws Limiting Muni-Broadband

On Feb. 26, the FCC plans to act to preempt state laws that retard development of municipally owned broadband networks. The breadth of the potential preemption is unclear. The decision will occur at the same meeting at which...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2015; Potential Title II Reclassification Could Soon Expand CPNI Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 222(c), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony,...more

Dish Network Potentially on the Hook for Billions in Penalties for Violating Federal and State Telemarketing Regulations

Recently, in the long-running legal showdown pitting the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and four state attorneys general against the satellite television provider Dish Network, LLC (“Dish”), U.S. District Court Judge...more

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