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TCPA Update: FCC Seeks Guidance on Proposed Robocall-Blocking Rule

Under new Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership, the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) is taking its first steps toward reforming its rules interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On...more

FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

Divided FCC Begins Proceeding to Revise Internet Oversight Policy, Reverse Many “Open Internet Order” Decisions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 18, 2017, at the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) May Open Meeting, the Commission adopted, on a two-one vote, a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), titled “Restoring Internet Freedom,”...more

Advertising Law - May 2017 #3

FTC Emphasizes Disclosures in Letters to Influencers, Marketers - Influencers and marketers must clearly disclose their relationships, the Federal Trade Commission reiterated in more than 90 letters sent by the agency...more

FCC Takes No Enforcement Action Despite Report Finding that Avoidable Failures Led to AT&T Mobility 911 Outage

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 18, 2017, at the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) May Open Meeting, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“Bureau”) presented its final report on its investigation into the VoLTE 911...more

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC - Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Does your community rent space to wireless providers on your buildings or light poles, or in your rights of way, community parks or water tanks? If so, you need to be aware that the FCC is asking...more

Details of FCC’s Repack Plans for LPTV and TV Translator Stations Emerge

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Ever since the idea of holding an incentive auction to reclaim and repurpose broadcast spectrum for new wireless uses first surfaced, a major concern has been how to balance full power stations’ need to replicate their...more

Deadlines Set for Robocall NPRM

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which aims to develop rules and solutions to reduce the number...more

Senator To Propose ISP Consumer Privacy Bill

by King & Spalding on

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced his plan to introduce a bill that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to regulate consumer privacy protections regarding Internet service...more

Federal Trade Commissioner Criticizes Repeal Of FCC Privacy Rules

by King & Spalding on

On April 17, 2017, Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute about broadband privacy issues in the wake of the repeal of the Federal...more

Sprint and Windstream Waste No Time Appealing Business Data Services Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 8, 2017, merely ten days after the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted its Report & Order (“BDS Order”) deregulating the market for Business Data Services (“BDS”), Sprint and Windstream petitioned the...more

Mobile Marketing - The Legal Guardrails

by King & Spalding on

Dangerous Regulatory Landscape - ..Federal Law .TCPA .CAN-SPAM .FTC Regulations .FCC Regulations ..State Laws .Consumer Protection Statutes .Commercial Electronic Mail Acts .Privacy Torts... Please...more

Draft “Internet Freedom NPRM” Released by FCC – More Net Neutrality Madness to Follow

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On April 27, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (the “Internet Freedom NPRM”) that would reverse the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order. The Open Internet Order, which has now...more

Repeal of FCC Privacy Rules Sparks Concern in U.S. and Europe

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules required providers such as Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to get subscribers’ permission before collecting and sharing their personal data. On April 4, 2017, President...more

House Republicans Urge FCC To Protect Online Privacy

by King & Spalding on

In a letter to Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Agency”) Chairman Ajit Pai, 50 Republicans in the House of Representatives urged the FCC to rectify the 2015 Open Internet Order’s reclassification of broadband...more

Business Data Services Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 28, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) released a Report & Order (the “Order”) terminating a decade long examination of the market for business data services (“BDS”) by pronouncing...more

TCPA Tracker-May 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - Class Action Plaintiffs Seek En Banc Review of D.C. Circuit Fax Advertisement Decision - On April 28, 2017, the class action plaintiff petitioners in Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley et.al. v. FCC (No....more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

The FCC Deregulates Most Business Data Services

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Ending a decade-long examination of incumbent carrier special access and related services, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC), on May 2, 2017, released a Report & Order (the Order) setting forth a...more

Privacy and Security — How the 115th Congress’ Repeal of the FCC’s New Privacy Rules Has Made Your Data Less Private and Decreased...

by Sedgwick LLP on

Between news reports featuring Russian-gate scandals, Syrian missile attacks and challenges to North Korea, one important news item went oddly underreported. That is the story about a loss of our privacy and security by the...more

FCC Launches Efforts to Foster Wireline Broadband Deployment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 20, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) initiated a new wireline infrastructure docket to “better enable broadband providers to build, maintain, and upgrade their networks” hoping to...more

Client Advisory: FCC Explores How to Speed Next Generation Wireline Broadband Deployment in New Proceeding

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 20, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) initiated three interrelated proceedings in new WC Docket No. 17-84 that aim to “better enable broadband providers to build, maintain, and...more

Internet Privacy – ISP Snooping and U.S. Surveillance Laws

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s hard to imagine a world in which the U.S. Postal Service is permitted to peer inside our personal mail, or gather and track the address and other data we place on our mail, and then use and sell what it learns about us....more

FCC Eases Restrictions on Broadband Deployment Support for Rate-of-Return Carriers; Faces Challenges to Connect America Fund...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As part of its continued focus on accelerating broadband deployment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eased restrictions on its universal service support for deployments by rate-of-return carriers in rural and...more

Trump Signs Repeal of FCC’s Internet Privacy Rule

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

On April 4, 2017, President Trump signed legislation repealing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) privacy protections adopted in October 2016. The regulations, set to go into effect later this year, would have...more

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