The United States Federal Communications Commission

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A Good Faith Disconnect on Retrans

There is an old vaudeville routine I’ve found more useful for understanding lawmaking in Washington than any textbook. It goes something like this: - (Scene: a nighttime street corner illuminated by a single...more

Yet Another Bank Reaches Multimillion-Dollar TCPA Deal

Following the lead of other banks facing putative class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), JPMorgan Chase Bank agreed to pay recipients of unwanted phone calls $3.75 million....more

FM Translators for AM Stations: When One Window Closes, Another Opens

As we previously reported, the FCC last year adopted a number of changes to its rules and policies aimed at revitalizing the AM radio service, which for many years has lived in the shadow of the more robust FM service. One...more

Comment Deadlines Set for FCC Rulemaking Seeking to Expedite the Team Telecom Application Review Process

As Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving quickly on efforts to expedite review of certain FCC applications, including, but not limited to, Section 214 and submarine...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

What’s the Frequency, Tom: The FCC Releases the Spectrum Frontiers Order

In a move that will support the development of 5G networks, the FCC issued an Order last week in the “Spectrum Frontiers” proceeding that should open up large amounts of high-band spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use. ...more

WiGig? Why Not! FCC Sets Aside Significant Unlicensed Spectrum for Deployment and Support of 5G Wireless Services in Latest...

On Thursday, July 14, the FCC adopted its “Spectrum Frontiers” Order which allocates a substantial amount of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use to support the deployment of the “next...more

Even Members of Congress Are Confused by the FCC’s Latest Ruling

I was contemplating a monthly column given the confusion surrounding the FCC’s recent rulings. I guess I better make it weekly. Here’s this week’s episode....more

Alert: FCC Opens Millimeter Wave Spectrum for 5G

At a meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") opened up an enormous new swath of wireless spectrum available for use by the next generation of cutting-edge wireless technologies. The FCC's action makes the...more

Federal government and their contractors immune from TCPA restrictions

Last week, on July 5, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an opinion stating that robocalls made by the federal government (or its contractors) are exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

EAS Test Reporting System Deadline Fast Approaching

All Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) Participants must complete EAS Test Reporting System (“ETRS”) Form One on or before August 26, 2016. This would include all cable television systems, TV stations, radio stations and low...more

Details of Mandatory Network Outage Obligations for Submarine Cable Operators Released

As we noted in a prior post, on June 24, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted new mandatory network outage reporting requirements for submarine cable licensees. The Commission’s Submarine Cable...more

The FCC Rules Federal Government (and Maybe its Contractors) Are Immune from the TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its highly anticipated declaratory ruling on July 5, 2016 in which it determined that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not apply to calls made by or on...more

Arkansas Public Service Commission Adopts Comprehensive Set of Pole Attachment Rules

On June 24, 2016, the Arkansas Public Service Commission (“Commission”) adopted a comprehensive set of new pole attachment rules that apply broadly to providers of electric, telecommunications, cable television, internet...more

Internet Service a Utility in Bankruptcy? It Might Be Now.

One of the many fascinating things about restructuring work is its willingness to evolve by borrowing from other areas of the law. Just as business practices change, new financing techniques evolve, and transactions become...more

12 States Appeal the FCC’s Lifeline Modernization Order

Twelve states have filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the FCC’s decision in the Lifeline Modernization Order to create a new type of federal ETC for the provision of...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

Federal Government and Its Contractors Exempt from the TCPA, FCC Rules

TCPA class actions continue to plague companies around the country, but a recent FCC ruling means that one big caller doesn’t have to worry: the federal government, as well as its contractors. On July 5, the Federal...more

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling That the Federal Government and Contractors Acting Within Agency Scope Are Not Subject to the TCPA

On July 5, 2016, the FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling in which it determined that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) “does not apply to calls made by or on behalf of the federal government in the conduct of official...more

Do as We Say, Not as We Do: Government Agency (Deliciously) Exempts Itself—and the Rest of the Government—From the TCPA

Happy Independence Day! While you were off barbecuing and lighting fireworks this weekend the FCC’s staff was feverishly working to give Uncle Sam a birthday present—free reign to robocall your cell phone! That’s right,...more

ETCs and State Commissions Seek to Overturn Some of the New FCC Lifeline Rules

As was expected after the FCC’s sweeping Lifeline rule changes, several parties filed Petitions for Reconsideration of the controversial Lifeline Modernization Order. Petitioners, consisting of trade associations, ETCs, and...more

Reminder: Wireless Handset Manufacturer Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report Due July 15, 2016

FCC Form 655 – Wireless Handset Manufacturer Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report - All manufacturers of wireless handsets that are used in the delivery of digital commercial mobile radio service (“CMRS”), specified...more

E-Rate Program Proposed Expansion

FCC Looking to Increase Eligibility for Reimbursement - The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on a proposal to expand what services are eligible for reimbursement under the E-rate eligible services...more

HUD and FCC Broadband Services Expansion Proposals

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FCC have released a set of proposals that could enhance public housing residents’ access to broadband services. In a three-part series of BB&K Legal Alerts, we have...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ June 2016

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. This month’s issue...more

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