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Hold the Phone: Judge Holds Dish Network on the Line for Tens of Millions of Calls, but Leaves Silver Lining for TCPA Defendants

On December 12, 2014, Judge Sue E. Myerscough issued an epic 238-page order granting in part and denying in part cross summary judgment motions filed in United States of America, et al. v. Dish Network, L.L.C. (“Dish...more

Can Hotels Legally Block Wi-Fi Hot Spots? The FCC Says No, and Fines a Hotel $600,000 For Doing It.

In a public notice issued this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned hotels, convention centers and other businesses that it is illegal to willfully block or interfere with their guests’ Wi-Fi hot spots...more

FCC Clarifies That Competitive Cable Franchising Rules Do Not Preempt State Franchising Laws, And Affirms Application Of Its 621...

Nearly eight years after issuing its so-called “621 Order” limiting local governments’ actions and authority over competitive cable franchising, and its 2007 Second Report and Order which extended to incumbent cable operators...more

Communications Network Transitions and Next Generation 911: What You Need to Know About the FCC’s Proposed New Federal Framework

As part of its unrealized effort to bring policy coherence to the migration of traditional switch-based telephone networks towards all IP-based architectures, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a...more

Testing the Privacy Waters: Does Recent FCC Privacy Enforcement Signal the Reclassification of Broadband Internet Service...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had a busy year in 2014. During the past 12 months, the FCC proposed new regulations on net neutrality and pursued the largest privacy action in its history against TerraCom, Inc....more

TCPA Connect - January 2015

Dish Could Face Billions in TCPA Liability - Dish Network is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act not only for telemarketing calls made by the company, but for those a call center and other third parties...more

Mobile Wi-Fi Bumps Up Against NIMBY

Hey, What Happened to My Internet Connection? - In February 2013, a guest who stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission,...more

President Obama Unveils Plans About Cybersecurity

Written by Sydney White President Obama made a series of announcements on cybersecurity, data security, and privacy that will be incorporated into his State of the Union address tonight.  In conjunction with the...more

FCC to Issue Net Neutrality Rules

In February, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler will circulate a draft order regarding Net Neutrality to his four fellow commissioners. The Net Neutrality rules will govern whether Internet service...more

Ringing in the New Year: TCPA Hot Issues for 2015

The year 2014 saw a surge in class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements captured the headlines. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided...more

Alert: Congressional Republicans Make Their Move on Network Neutrality

The House and Senate Republicans have released a draft of a network neutrality bill. On the whole, this bill would adopt the substantive rules proposed by the FCC in the spring, while rejecting Title II classification for...more

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Mais

In what promises to have significant implications for litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision issued by Judge Robert Scola of the Southern...more

Alert: Pro-ISIS Hackers Targeting Media Outlets

Recent widely publicized cyberattacks have made clear that nation-state hackers are now hacking companies for political purposes and they appear to be focused on broadcasters and other media companies....more

Communications Technology Transitions

FCC Seeks Local Government Views - It is rare for the Federal Communications Commission to expressly invite local government participation in formulating communications policy, so when this happens it is worth special...more

Pending TCPA Petitions (Grouped by Primary Subject Matter)

As 2015 begins, we thought that providing a roundup of and the links to pending FCC TCPA petitions might be useful. The list includes most pending petitions filed since the FCC’s revised TCPA rules came into effect, with the...more

Headin’ Down the Copperhead Road – the FCC Proposes New Rules for Legacy Infrastructure

Although it could be said that the FCC’s recent focus has been firmly fixed on the future, in particular IP-based communications (see, e.g., high-visibility proceedings involving the Open Internet, possible merger conditions...more

New FCC Order Increases E-rate Program by $1.5 Billion Annually, and Introduces a Number of New Changes Including “Equalizing”...

On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5 billion—taking the...more

FCC Proposal for Internet Video Programming Could Threaten Cable Franchise Fees

The Federal Communications Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released this month, requested public input about whether it should classify certain Internet-based video programmers as “multichannel video...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor

Headlines: - Sponsorship Identification Violation Yields $115,000 Civil Penalty - $13,000 Increase in Fine Upheld for Deliberate and Continued Operation at Unauthorized Location - FCC Reduces $14,000...more

FCC’s Retroactive Solicited Fax Opt-Out Waiver Window Closing

Businesses that engage in fax advertising and solicitation should pay careful attention to the recent ruling by the Federal Communications Commission clarifying that even fax advertisements sent with the prior express...more

Broadcast Station Reminder—Quarterly Filings and Requirements: Issues/Programs Lists; Children’s Programming; Commercial Limits...

By Jan. 10, 2015, all radio and television broadcast stations, both commercial and noncommercial, must prepare a list of important issues facing their communities of license, and the programs aired during October, November...more

Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming

On October 3, 2014, Marriott International entered into a consent decree with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where Marriott agreed to pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference guests' Wi-Fi hotspots at the...more

Reminder: January 29, 2015 Deadline for FCC Special Access Data Collection

The FCC deadline for large-company responses to the special access Mandatory Data Collection quickly approaches. As a reminder, in late November, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended some deadlines...more

FCC Releases NPRM to Ensure Reliable Backup Power

The FCC seeks comment on multiple issues, including ensuring reliable backup power for consumers of IP-based voice and data services....more

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