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Alert: FCC Adopts Much-Anticipated Broadband Privacy Rules

As expected, today the FCC adopted new privacy rules for broadband providers. Based on the information provided at the FCC's open meeting and in its press release and fact sheet, the new rules follow the general outline of...more

It’s Official: The FCC Has Adopted New Privacy and Security Rules for ISPs Following a 3-2 Vote Along Partisan Lines

Today, the FCC formally adopted on a 3-2 party-line vote an order that enacts a new privacy and security regime for Internet service providers (ISPs). While it may be several days before the official order and the text of...more

FCC Issues New Privacy Regulations for Broadband Providers

Today, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved far-reaching new information privacy rules that will govern how providers of broadband Internet access service collect, use, protect, and share data from their...more

Mortgage Industry Seeks Exemption Under TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected in the near term to decide the fate of an exemption sought by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) over the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) prior express...more

FCC Votes to Impose Aggressive New Privacy Rules on Broadband Providers

At the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Open Meeting on October 27, the Commission voted along party lines (3-2) to impose more stringent rules on broadband Internet service providers (“ISPs”). Chairman Tom...more

UPDATE: The FCC Approves Privacy Regulations for Internet Service Providers

Yesterday morning the FCC voted along party lines to adopt rules subjecting broadband internet service providers (ISPs) to new consumer privacy regulations. According to the FCC’s press release, the rules give “customers the...more

FCC Steps Up Enforcement of Broadband Transparency Rules

Continuing its efforts to enforce the Open Internet transparency rules, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced a settlement and consent decree with a mobile broadband ISP (T-Mobile) under which the...more

FCC Broadband Privacy Part I: The FCC’s Ascension as a Privacy Regulator

Tomorrow, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on new privacy rules for internet service providers (ISP) that will have a lasting impact on U.S. privacy regulation. In this special...more

DC Circuit Hears TCPA Oral Arguments

Oral arguments were recently held before the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit in a consolidated case, spearheaded by ACA International, challenging the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent order...more

TCPA Argument Foreshadows Unforeseen D.C. Circuit Ruling on Manually Dialed Calls

On October 19, 2016, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral argument in ACA International v. FCC, the closely followed consolidated appeal of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) 2015...more

Lyft Faces Second Wave of TCPA Litigation for Sending Autodialed Texts

Lyft, Inc. – the popular ride hailing service featuring the iconic pink moustache – is facing a second class action lawsuit in California alleging violations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)....more

Federal Court Finds That 2015 TCPA Safe Harbor Applies to Automated Flu Shot Reminders

A recent decision from a federal court in California found that a retail pharmacy’s “flu shot reminder” calls to mobile phones fall within the FCC’s TCPA safe harbor for exigent health care treatment messages. But the holding...more

The Eight (8) Things YOU Need to Know About This Week’s Big Oral Argument on the ACA Appeal of the FCC’s TCPA Omnibus Ruling

Hello again, TCPA-landers. Divya and I had the opportunity to attend the big oral argument before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. This was a spectacle that did not disappoint. The advocacy was superb, the...more

Something for Everyone? Pre-election FCC Draft Business Data Service Fact Sheet Leaves No One Entirely Happy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released an October 7, 2016 “Fact Sheet” summarizing key points of his draft Business Data Service (“BDS”) Reform Order to regulate the leased, dedicated high capacity circuits that are used for...more

Managers: Be Sure You Know All FCC Rules

On July 4, PBS-affiliated television stations nationwide purported to show live fireworks from the Mall in Washington, DC, without directly informing viewers that they were instead showing “a combination of the best fireworks...more

FCC Wades Back Into Data Privacy and Security for ISPs With Revised Privacy Proposal

Recently, Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated to the Commission a revised proposed order to regulate the data privacy and security practices of internet service providers...more

FCC Flexes Muscle: T-Mobile to Pay $48 Million for Failing to Disclose Limits on ‘Unlimited’ Data

Showing that it’s not about to slow down its aggressive enforcement of its open Internet regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a settlement yesterday resolving claims that T-Mobile USA Inc....more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #3

YouTube Adds Sponsored Content Notification Feature - To help influencers achieve compliance with the necessary disclosures about their relationships with advertisers, YouTube has unveiled a new tool to provide notice to...more

D.C. Circuit Weighing FCC’s Controversial 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling

Yesterday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit—composed of Judges Srinivasan and Pillard and Senior Judge Edwards—heard argument in ACA International v. FCC, the consolidated appeals from the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order,...more

Citing an “Enforcement Gap,” FTC Seeks Rehearing En Banc of Dismissal of AT&T “Throttling” Case

On October 13, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s decision in the FTC’s case against AT&T alleging that...more

Blink and You Missed It: Stage 2 of the Incentive Auction Ends

With great anticipation, the Stage 2 Forward Auction commenced at 10am this morning. It officially ended at 12:14pm, when the FCC announced: Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 2 without meeting the...more

TCPA Health Care Exceptions Properly Applied In California

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) potentially touches just about every kind of business, including the business of selling prescription drugs. That is what the Northern District of California grappled with...more

Try, Try Again: Stage 2 Reverse Auction Concludes at $54.6B

The FCC has announced the conclusion of the Stage 2 Reverse Auction, moving the spotlight from the broadcasters willing to relinquish 114 MHz of their spectrum to the bidders in the forward auction hoping to buy it. ...more

Brace for Impact: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules Are Almost Here

On October 6, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler published a fact sheet and blog post outlining his proposal to create privacy rules for internet service providers (ISPs), setting the final rules up for a...more

Reverse the Charges: Challengers Push Forward in Appeal of 2015 TCPA Order, Oral Argument Set for October 19

In July 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a much-anticipated Declaratory Ruling and Order aimed at clarifying certain aspects of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). As previously reported,...more

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