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The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...more

Net Neutrality: An obstacle to the Internet of Things?

The decision of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the “net neutrality” principle raised concerns by European authorities that declared their intent to adopt a different solution. And this happens in a...more

FCC Proposes Maximum $325,000 Forfeiture for Broadcast Indecency

In 2005, Congress passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, increasing potential maximum forfeitures against broadcast stations from $25,000 for each day of a violation subject to a $250,000 maximum per violation...more

Alert: Cybersecurity Risk Management for Communications Companies

An industry-led committee advising the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") on cybersecurity released its final report on best risk management practices tailored to each of five main industry segments—broadcasting,...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

The Basics of Net Neutrality – What 'You Oughta Know'

A brief background of Net Neutrality and, in the words of Alanis Morisette, what “You Oughta Know.” ...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #3

Response To FCC’s New Net Neutrality Regs Anything But Neutral - In a split vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved a new net neutrality measure that would ban fast lanes and re-label broadband as a...more

FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council Working Group Issues Final Report on Cybersecurity Best...

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) working group, Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices Working Group 4 (WG4), of the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) advisory...more

Communications Industry Advisory Committee to FCC Issues Major Cybersecurity Report

Wednesday the advisory committee charged by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with providing critical assistance to the communications industry with a sector-specific implementation of cybersecurity risk management...more

FCC Forbears “For Now” From Requiring Universal Service Contribution From Broadband Providers

Section 254(d) of the Act requires providers of “telecommunications services” to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is used to subsidize telephone and broadband service in high-cost areas, for...more

FCC Releases Full Text of Order Preempting State Laws Limiting Municipal Broadband

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission released the text of its order preempting provisions of North Carolina and Tennessee law that allow municipalities to provide broadband service but otherwise limit the...more

FCC Applies Section 222 to BIAS Providers, but Delays Specialized Rules

The Order does not forbear from applying Section 222 of the Act to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) providers. It did, however, forbear from applying its existing rules implementing Section 222, in recognition that...more

FCC Announces List of Top Five Nonbroadcast Networks Subject to Video Description Obligations

The FCC recently updated the list of national nonbroadcast networks that are subject to certain video description rules in an Order and Public Notice released March 6, 2015. Starting July 1, 2015, the top five national...more

The WTO Work Programme on Electronic Commerce

At the 9th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in December 2013, Ministers adopted a Decision that the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce should be “substantially invigorated.” The Work Programme merits attention in light of...more

FCC Shifts Net Neutrality into High Gear

On March 12, 2015, the FCC published its long-anticipated Net Neutrality order. The Final Rules stem from the question asked by the FCC in its May Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: “What is the right public policy to ensure that...more

Net Neutrality: More Winners Than Losers

On March 12, 2015, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the full text of the Net Neutrality rules it approved last month. Net Neutrality essentially means an open Internet where all traffic is equal, anyone...more

Impact of Reclassification on Pole Attachments

The Order recognizes that the deployment of communications networks and broadband infrastructure depends heavily on access to utility poles on reasonable rates, terms and conditions. Accordingly, the Order declined to...more

FCC Releases Open Internet Order

On March 12, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or “Commission”) released the full text of its Open Internet Order (“Order”). The rules adopted in the Order will become effective 60 days after publication in the...more

State Regulation of Broadband

The Order attempts to minimize the possibility of state regulation of broadband Internet access service (BIAS), leaving only the most limited role for the states. The Order reaffirms that BIAS is an interstate service for...more

Internet Neutrality and WTO Rules

On February 27, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules regarding the provision of access to the internet, commonly known as “net neutrality” rules. The main effect of these changes, which...more

Why You Need a Privacy Policy – Part 2: Avoiding Three Common Fumbles

In Part 1, we covered some basic privacy policy concepts. Here in Part 2, we address three problems associated with privacy policies in practice. 1. You Don’t Have One, But You Really Should - There is no...more

FCC Opens Utility and Telephone Poles to Google

The Federal Communications Commission has finally released its long awaited Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order establishing a new policy on the status of broadband Internet access service...more

Alert: No Big Surprises: The FCC Releases its Network Neutrality Order

Today, the FCC released its 400-page report (including 80 pages of dissents from the two Republican commissioners) in the network neutrality proceeding. Despite speculation that some of the rules might not have been revealed...more

Six Important Things for Telecommunications Providers to Know When Filing the 2015 FCC Form 499-A

It’s that time again. Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping, the days are longer, and telecommunications providers are required to complete their FCC Forms 499-A, reporting historical revenues for calendar year 2014....more

Chairman Wheeler Says the FCC Didn’t Just Fall Off the Turnip Truck – It Has Experience with Protecting Consumer Privacy, Too

Tuesday night the Center for Democracy & Technology held its annual dinner (a.k.a. the “Tech Prom”) in Washington, D.C., where  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was featured as the keynote speaker. Wheeler’s remarks came on the heels...more

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