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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

Reminder: FCC Annual CPNI Compliance Certifications Due March 1, 2015

The deadline applies to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers. Annual customer proprietary network information (CPNI) certifications are due March 1, 2015 for the period covering January 1,...more

New State Laws Enacted to Address Marketing Calls and Texts to Cellular Numbers

People want relevant information at their fingertips. This commonly means obtaining information through mobile devices by several methods, including telephone calls, text messages, in-app messages, and push notifications....more

"Communications: Significant Actions on the Horizon"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) addressed a number of longstanding issues in 2014, including reform of its E-rate program that provides federal subsidies for purchases of broadband services by schools and...more

Landlord’s Checklist For Cell Tower Transfers

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed a spectrum auction that raised more than $41 billion. Among the companies making a large investment in the auction was Verizon. It reportedly spent $10.4 billion for this...more

Communications and Technology 2015 Forecast

Regulators and legislators focused on the communications and technology sectors have fertile ground for issues consideration in 2015. In this forecast, the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP team shares its views on issues to...more

FCC Chairman Wheeler Outlines Proposal for Net Neutrality Regulations

On Feb. 4, 2015, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler published an opinion piece on Wired outlining new Net Neutrality regulations coming from the FCC. Net Neutrality is a hot button topic, and the...more

GroupMe Obtains Summary Judgment In TCPA Class Action; Dialing Equipment Is Not An ATDS

In Glauser v. GroupMe, Inc., the Northern District California granted summary judgment in favor of GroupMe, Inc. (“GroupMe”) in a putative class action alleging that GroupMe sent text messages via an automatic telephone...more

FCC Proposes to Regulate Internet-Based Video Programmers

With the expansion of “over-the-top” (OTT) video programming options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Roku and Apple TV, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking a fresh look at its definition of a multi-channel...more

Alert: Chairman Wheeler Releases His Network Neutrality Plan (with a Few Surprises)

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released his proposal for the network neutrality order the FCC is expected to adopt at its open meeting on February 26. ...more

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