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News of Note for the Internet-Minded

To the surprise of no one, Instagram is pretty popular; Samsung puts a billion dollars into the Internet of Things; the FCC’s trying to decide if radio noise is a problem; and there’s an approach to virtual reality that won’t...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) 2015 Open Internet Order (2015 Open Internet Order), which classified broadband...more

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

A Close to Open Internet Challenges?

In a major victory for the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“DC Circuit”) upheld the Commission’s 2015 Open...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Six Key Consequences of the D.C. Circuit Upholding Net Neutrality

On its third try, the Federal Communications Commission finally got the sweeping net neutrality court victory it had been seeking for years. In US Telecom v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

TCPA Connect - June 2016

Lyft Swerves to Avoid TCPA Claim, But Suit Continues - A Washington federal court issued a mixed decision for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant Lyft recently by allowing the suit to move forward on state law...more

FCC Privacy Regulations: The Next Litigation Trend?

Last month the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) closed the comment period for its proposed privacy regulations, which we previously wrote about here. The million dollar question on everyone’s minds is whether the...more

Will SCOTUS Revisit Chevron Deference?

Chevron deference was an important factor in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s 180-page ruling, in United States Telecom Assoc. v. FCC, et al., on June 14 (Flag Day), upholding the Federal Communications...more

Making the Move to the New Online Public Inspection File System This Friday

Friday will see the launch of the FCC’s new online public inspection file system, called, not surprisingly, the Online Public Inspection File (“OPIF”). With stations moving to a “next gen” public inspection file, Pillsbury...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Zuckerberg’s Venture to Invest in Startup Andela - Topping the fundraising news this week is Mark Zuckerberg’s investment in Andela, a highly selective...more

State Attorneys General And Consumer Advocates Push For Privacy Protections In FCC’s Set-Top Box Plan

On June 3, a group of 15 state attorneys general and the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog each filed letters with the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) urging the FCC to incorporate more stringent...more

More Talk on Further OIO Review… And Will the Sixth Circuit Look at How the DC Circuit Ruled on Section 706 to Decide State Law...

It seems likely that one or more Petitioners in the consolidated case USTA v. FCC will seek review, either en banc or in the Supreme Court, of the D.C. Circuit’s decision released on June 14th. (DWT’s detailed advisory is...more

Dorsey’s TCPA Team Earns First-of-Its-Kind Order Staying Individual TCPA Case Pending D.C. Circuit’s Ruling on Consolidated Appeal...

On June 14, 2016, Dorsey’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) litigation team secured a stay in an individual TCPA case in the Northern District of Georgia pending the D.C. Circuit’s decision in ACA Int’l, et al. v....more

Divided D.C. Circuit Panel Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the D.C. Circuit upheld the FCC’s 2015 order adopting its Open Internet rules against a wide range of legal challenges. (Our advisory describing the FCC’s rules can be found here.) In a detailed and lengthy...more

NARUC Appeals FCC’s Lifeline Modernization Order

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) has filed a petition for review with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit challenging the FCC’s decision in the Lifeline Modernization Order to...more

Court of Appeals Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules and Regulatory Authority

On June 14, 2016, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules, which the commission approved on February 26, 2015 (published March 12, 2015). This...more

FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Recommends Final Rule Pursuant to Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 With Consumer Protections

On June 10, 2016, the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee recommended promulgation of a Final Rule pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, containing the following consumer protections: Calls pursuant to the exception...more

The DC Circuit Affirms the FCC’s Open Internet Rules

The court upholds the FCC’s authority to regulate internet access services as telecommunications carriers and impose restrictions on blocking and throttling internet content....more

Both Categories 1 and 2 to be Fully Funded in FY 2016

On June 8, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet USAC’s estimated demand for both Category One services (i.e., telecommunications and Internet access)...more

DC Circuit Affirms FCC’s Open Internet Order

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected multiple Petitions for Review and upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That order reclassified wired and mobile broadband Internet access services as...more

A Big Win for Internet Consumers

On June 14, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its ruling in United States Telecom Association, et al v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America. The...more

"Third Time’s the Charm: Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Regulations"

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in a lengthy 2-1 decision denied various challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) 2015 Open Internet...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Open Internet Rules

In a 2-1 decision, the D.C. Circuit’s Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) 2015 Open Internet rules, which reclassified Broadband Internet Access Services (BIAS), including...more

Alert: DC Circuit Upholds FCC's Network Neutrality Rules

This morning, a 2-1 majority of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision upholding the 2015 Open Internet Order, which re-adopted the FCC's network neutrality rules and...more

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