The United States Federal Communications Commission

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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ February 2017

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

FCC Announces Details for Mobility Fund Phase II

The FCC adopted an order today that establishes Phase II of the Mobility Fund. As we have previously reported, the FCC established the Mobility Fund to provide universal service subsidies to help expand and preserve 4G LTE...more

FCC Finalizes Criteria for CAF Phase II Auction

Yesterday the FCC approved an order that moves the nearly two billion dollar Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction competitive bidding process forward. As we have previously reported, the Phase II auction will provide...more

FCC Adopts Broader Exemption from Enhanced Open Internet Transparency Disclosure Requirements for Small Providers

Today, the FCC adopted an order relieving broadband providers with 250,000 or fewer connections from the enhanced transparency requirements introduced in the 2015 Open Internet Order. Compared to the prior Administration’s...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Tackles Several TCPA Issues in Gym Texting Case - Why it matters: Retailers communicate with their customers frequently as an essential part of their business. While these communications are typically...more

FCC Approves ILEC Shift to GAAP Accounting, Mitigates Pole Rate Impact

At today’s open meeting the FCC adopted a Report and Order that streamlines and eliminates Part 32 accounting requirements governing price-cap carriers, allowing them instead to rely on GAAP accounting methods and thus...more

FCC Issues First Commission-level Consent Decree Order Since Removing Authority from Enforcement Bureau

On February 15, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its first Commission-level consent decree since Chairman Pai’s process reform measure, discussed in our earlier blog post, which removed the Enforcement...more

After Changes to Categories One and Two, FCC Grants Waiver for Certain Contracts

On February 8, 2017, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau waived several of its rules with respect funding year 2017. The eligible services list (“ESL”) for FY 2017 contained several changes pertaining to whether a service...more

Comments Sought of FCC Privacy Regime

On Friday, the Federal Register published the FCC’s January 17th Public Notice of the fact that eleven Petitions for Reconsideration were filed in the Broadband Privacy proceeding (WC Docket No. 16-106). The Petitions...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #3

NAD Inquiry Results in Modified Celebrity Endorsements - As a result of an inquiry by the National Advertising Division, celebrity endorsements of FitTea were revised to better disclose material connections. The...more

TCPA: The Next Wave of Class Action Lawsuits Asserts Consumer’s Right to Withdraw Consent to Receive Text Messages

Last year, we warned large and small companies about the proliferation of class action lawsuits brought by plaintiffs alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA),...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due March 2017

Form 477: Local Competition and Broadband Report - The Local Competition and Broadband Report, containing data as of December 31, 2016, must be filed by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The report requires the submission of...more

Open Internet: Dead or Alive?

John Pietila presented this webinar on the subject of Net Neutrality (Open Internet) to the Iowa Communications Alliance in February 2017. Please see full Presentation below for more information....more

Ninth Circuit Weighs in on Prior Express Consent and Revocation of Consent

The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on the limitations of prior express consent and revocation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). In Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, LLC, the consumer provided...more

California Utility Regulator Grows Data Hungry

As the world’s appetite for data increases, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided to take a seat at the table. Over the last several months, the CPUC has issued a series of orders and data...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

FCC Strips Enforcement Bureau of Authority to Settle Commission-Level Actions

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau will no longer have the power to settle monetary enforcement actions originally issued by the Commission under a process reform announced by Chairman Pai on Wednesday. Settlements of forfeitures...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Privacy and data protection

Focus on the US - The new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules for internet service providers (ISP) and telecommunications companies (telcos) will face an uphill battle - In a controversial ruling...more

FCC Waives Certain Classification Standards from 2017 E-rate Eligible Services List

On February 8, 2017, the Wireline Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) granted a waiver of certain Category One/Category Two classification standards established in the 2017 Eligible Services List (“ESL”) on its own motion, meaning...more

FCC Releases Cybersecurity Risk Reduction White Paper

On January 18, 2017, during the final days of the Obama Administration, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a white paper (the “FCC Paper”) on cybersecurity risk mitigation in communications networks. The...more

[Event] Who's in the Driver's Seat? What the Connected Car Shows Us About the Legal and Regulatory Issues of the Internet of...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges – launching groundbreaking collaboration among disparate industries and generating insightful data from uncommon sources....more

Breaking: FCC Seeks Comment on Petition Asking it to Overturn Presumed Prior Express Consent Rule for Informational Calls

The Commission announced today that it is soliciting comments on a petition for rulemaking and declaratory ruling filed by Craig Moskowitz and Craig Cunningham. The Petitioners request that the Commission initiate a...more

Blue Shield Of California Avoids TCPA Class Action Over Pre-Recorded Call

On January 13, 2017, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted Blue Shield of California’s motion for summary judgment in a case on whether the insurer violated the Telephone Consumer...more

FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality

Roughly two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has taken steps providing further evidence that he plans to roll back FCC actions taken under...more

Who Will Grant Licenses for Lifeline Broadband? FCC Takes a Pause in Pending Appeal to Consider New Administration’s Approach

Last Friday, the FCC filed a motion with the DC Circuit to put a hold on the pending appeal of a portion of its 2016 Lifeline order finding that the FCC—and not the states—had sole jurisdiction to grant Lifeline broadband...more

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