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Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

What to Expect From the Trump FCC

In the days since the recent election, many tech, media and telecom industry observers remain unsure of what to expect from the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration. Fortunately, there are some...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ November 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

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory Clarifying Permissible Use of Robotexts Under the TCPA

On November 18, 2016, the FCC issued an enforcement advisory clarifying its position that autodialed text messages, known as “robotexts,” are subject to the TCPA. As we reported last year, the FCC issued a package of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #4

Editor's Note - Potential CFPB Reform in the Wake of the Election. The November 16 edition of the Roundup indicated that the Financial CHOICE Act (Act) may be a blueprint for legal changes affecting the financial...more

Fax Marketing and the TCPA

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”), as amended by the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005 (“JFPA”), prohibits, among other things, the use of telecopiers to deliver unsolicited commercial advertising material....more

TCPA Hazards Abound Following Busy Month for the FCC

On November 16, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a final rule regarding the treatment of debt servicing and collection calls made by or on behalf of the federal government under the Telephone Consumer...more

Litigation Alert: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Advises That Text Message Senders Must Comply With the Telephone Consumer Protection...

On November 18, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory declaring that autodialed text messages, also known as robotexts, must comply with the requirements set forth in the...more

Alert: Forecast for Trump FCC: Deregulation with Chance of Media Concentration Review

The election of Donald Trump continues to raise questions about the potential direction of regulatory policies under his administration. While much of his campaign rhetoric focused on reducing regulation, he also suggested he...more

President Trump and Open Internet

In President Trump’s America, is it the end of net neutrality? Forbes interviewed telecomm professionals to discuss outlook for the industry. Pre-election, there was virtually zero discussion of tech and telecom issues...more

Will the D.C. Circuit Overturn Fax Opt-Out Requirement?

Though not as common as they once were, fax advertisements continue to be used in several industries, particularly healthcare, where providers and manufacturers rely on faxes to comply with regulatory obligations. Earlier...more

[Webinar] The FCC Privacy Rules: What You Need to Know - Nov. 29th and Dec. 6th, 1:00pm Eastern

Following the approval of the FCC’s new privacy rules on October 27, ISPs need to address a number of issues, including opt-ins and opt-outs as well as information security programs. To help you prepare, the DWT team has...more

FCC Guidance Issued for ETCs That Do Not Want to Provide Lifeline Broadband Services

On Nov. 22nd, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice describing the requirement that ETCs who do not want to provide Lifeline-supported broadband internet access services (now known as “BIAS”) file a...more

FCC Extends Deadline to Comply with Requirement to Provide Visual Emergency Information in Audio Format

On Nov. 16, 2016, the FCC issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order that extended the deadline to comply with Section 79.2(b)(2)(ii) of the FCC’s rules for 18 months. This rule requires that emergency information provided...more

FCC Announces MOU with Canadian Counterpart to Combat Robocalls, Issues Enforcement Advisory on Automated Texts

Heading into the holiday season, the FCC shows no signs of slowing down in its consumer-focused initiatives, in particular those related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Earlier this month, for instance, the...more

FCC Denies TCPA Exemption for “Mortgage Servicing Calls”

On November 15, 2016, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released an order denying a request by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for an exemption of the prior-express-consent requirement of the TCPA for...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Requirements of New FCC Privacy Order May Present Immediate Implementation Challenges for...

As ISPs continue to absorb the scope of the FCC’s recent Privacy Order (the “Order”), one immediate question presents itself: what steps must ISPs take to begin implementing the data security and breach notification...more

DC Circuit Vacates FCC Ruling on Access Charges for CLEC-Partners of Over-the-Top VoIP Service Providers

Much like Freddy Kruger, the legal battles between ILECs and CLECs over reciprocal compensation simply refuse to die. The most recent flare-up of this long-running war was last Friday’s ruling by D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen...more

Policing Internet Privacy: FCC’s New Frontier

Unwilling to be left behind by the likes of Google and Facebook, Internet Service Providers are increasingly exploring how they may capitalize on the high-value targeted advertising market. In November 2016, AT&T explained...more

A Gentle Reminder from the FCC: Autodialed Text Messages Fall Under TCPA Restrictions

Last week, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued an enforcement advisory reiterating its position that autodialed text messages must comply with requirements set forth in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Though it...more

TCPA RIP?

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election has left many prognosticators scrambling to figure out the policy implications of the incoming Republican change in administration. Among countless other things, companies...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Face Fax Marketing TCPA Class Action

On November 11, 2016, a putative class action complaint was filed against two related pharmaceutical companies alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Specifically, the complaint alleges that...more

FCC Nixes Mortgage Bankers' Petition on Autodialed Calls to Wireless Numbers

The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau recently denied a petition from the Mortgage Bankers Association for an exemption from the prior express consent requirement for autodialed calls and texts to wireless...more

FCC Adopts New Broadband Privacy Rules and Begins Process to Eliminate Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new broadband privacy rules after a 3-2 vote. Among other extensive obligations, the new rules require broadband Internet service providers to notify...more

FCC Approves New Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

On October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules for internet service providers' (ISPs) use and sharing of customer data. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed regulations requiring broadband...more

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