The United States Federal Communications Commission

The United States Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency established by the Communications Act of 1934. The Commission is charged with regulating interstate and international... more +
The United States Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency established by the Communications Act of 1934. The Commission is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, wire, satellite, and cable. less -
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Gavel to Gavel: Class-action Christmas in July

Your dentist, barber and bank send you text messages every day. Electronic communications are part of our lives and our business – but that may change if the Federal Communications Commission has its way. Originally...more

Cybersecurity Update - July 2015

Employees are the front line of your information security defense. While technological protections are essential (for example, anti- virus software, firewalls, spam filters, etc.), none are as effective as a vigilant end...more

Wireless Carriers and Text Messaging Providers Should Check PSAP Registry for Text-to-911 Readiness and Contact PSAPs

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released its final public notice of updates to the Commission’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification...more

How Will the FCC’s TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order Affect Your Business?

In a previous blog post, we reported on the FCC’s new pro-consumer TCPA ruling. On July 10, 2015, the FCC officially released the Declaratory Ruling and Order, which became effective immediately. The ruling creates new and...more

New FCC rules restricting robocalls have pollsters up in arms

The 2016 election cycle will occur under the framework of a new set of rules recently adopted by the Federal Communication Commission that strengthen consumer protections against unwanted calls and spam texts. The FCC claims...more

Today’s Hot Topic: Sponsorship Identification in Advertising

From time to time I like to remind clients of specific network guidelines to keep in mind when developing advertising. One such guideline involves sponsorship identification. Per the network guidelines, advertising must...more

Appealing News Regarding the TCPA

On Friday, July 24, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an Order consolidating in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals three timely petitions for review of a July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and...more

FCC Clarifies Its Interpretations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Provoking Strong Objections From the Business...

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 140-page Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order in response to more than two dozen petitions from businesses, attorneys general, and consumers seeking...more

FCC Ruling Addresses Robocalls by Health Care Providers

Mintz Levin’s Communications Practice recently released a Communications Advisory discussing a Declaratory Ruling and Order released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The ruling clarified and expanded the reach...more

TCPA: New Ruling May Invalidate Your Existing Consumer Consents

Much has been written about the Federal Communication Commission's ("FCC's") recent 138-page Declaratory Ruling and Order that broadened the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") and will likely encourage...more

FCC’s Order Clarifies Scope of Telephone Consumer Protection Act

The Federal Communications Commission recently issued the latest in a series of orders providing details about the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).1 The order is relevant to any companies that use...more

FCC Proposing to Further Streamline Equipment Authorizations

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on several proposals to update and modify the rules governing the procedures Radiofrequency...more

Appeals From Declaratory Ruling Consolidated And Assigned To D.C. Circuit

As we previously noted, three petitions for review were filed in the immediate aftermath of the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling. On Friday, July 24, 2015, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a Consolidation Order...more

New FCC Order Spurs Legal Challenges

The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA) swiftly-filed a petition for review of the FCC’s July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order (FCC 15-72) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The...more

FDA Regulation of Hospital-Developed Technologies - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

As hospitals become increasingly technologically savvy, they are looking to do more and more with their electronic health record systems. What many hospitals do not realize is that some of the functionality they are seeking...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #4

FTC And Florida AG Team up Against Medical Alert Systems - Together with the Florida Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Lifewatch for allegedly using deceptive robocalls to urge older...more

FCC issues TCPA guidance in its declaratory ruling

In response to businesses and attorneys general request for more guidance on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released guidance on June 18, 2015 regarding robocall...more

US Federal Communications Commission’s Recent Order Expands Potential Liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for...

“This Order will make abuse of the TCPA much, much easier. And the primary beneficiaries will be trial lawyers, not the American public.” That’s what FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had to say in his dissent from the FCC’s recent...more

FCC Order Clarifies Many Details in TCPA and FCC Rules Regarding Call and Text Message Marketing

In response to 20 petitions from various marketing companies, industry groups and advertisers, as well as a request for clarification from the National Association of Attorneys General, the Federal Communications Commission...more

New Lifeline Order to Become Effective Aug.13

Comment Deadlines Announced - Last month we reported that the FCC had adopted new reforms to the Lifeline program and proposed further rule changes in its Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on...more

Strong Dissents in the FCC’s New TCPA Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its TCPA Omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order. We wrote about this order on June 29, previewing the FCC’s focus on consumers’ ability to opt out of...more

Recent FCC Ruling on the TCPA Has Important Implications for Health Care Companies

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling and Order (“Declaratory Ruling”) in response to 21 separate requests seeking clarification or other action on the Telephone Consumer...more

FCC’s New TCPA Order May Require Companies to Obtain Updated Consents for Marketing Calls and Texts

Last week we published an overview of key issues raised by the Federal Communications Commission’s July 10, 2015, Declaratory Ruling and Order regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “July 2015 Order”). The July...more

FCC Seeks Input on Open Internet Transparency Exemption

Smaller broadband providers now have an opportunity to convince the FCC to maintain the small provider exemption from the new “enhanced” transparency (disclosure) requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order. As we explained...more

FCC Proposes Record $100 Million Penalty for Alleged Violations of Open Internet Transparency Rule

If you work for a broadband service provider and haven’t recently reviewed your FCC-mandated network management “transparency” disclosures posted on your website, we suggest you make that the next thing you do after reading...more

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