The United States Federal Communications Commission

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FCC Slams Door to Higher Pole Attachment Rates

After kicking open a door to potential annual pole attachment rental increases in the hundreds of millions of dollars when it adopted its February 2015 Net Neutrality order, the Federal Communications Commission yesterday...more

FCC Seeking Expedited Comment on Opening Service Provider Opportunities between U.S. and Cuba

With President Obama’s announcement last December that the United States is charting a new course in its relations with Cuba, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) is taking expedited steps to open up...more

National Grid’s Limited Waiver of Caller Identification Requirements Granted by the FCC

The FCC continues to dispose of pending petitions or requests for waiver of its TCPA rules. One slightly unusual request was the petition filed last February by National Grid USA, Inc. (“National Grid”) requesting a limited...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends? FTC and FCC Formalize Cooperation in Consumer Privacy Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently formalized an agreement to cooperate when regulating the “deceptive, unfair, unjust and/or unreasonable” acts and practices of common...more

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act Overview

The TCPA has been a source of significant class action activity in recent years as businesses seek to navigate the law and plaintiffs’ lawyers seek to exploit its many ambiguities....more

FCC and FTC Issue MOU for Continued Cooperation on Consumer Protection Matters

On November 16, the FCC and the FTC executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on continued cooperative efforts to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices involving telecommunications services. In an...more

FCC and FTC Announce Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday, the FCC and FTC published a Memorandum of Understanding in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and collaboration on consumer protection issues, with greater respect for each agency’s...more

FCC Settles Data Breach Investigation with Cox Communications

Recently, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered into a settlement with Cox Communications (Cox) resolving an investigation into whether the cable operator failed to properly protect its...more

Defining the Lines on Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: What the Consumer Watchdog Order and the FCC-FTC Sign MOU Mean

In the last few weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the “Commission”) has taken two significant steps to further clarify its role as an agency charged with protecting consumers. The first instance was a...more

Courts Consider Definition of Autodialer and Standing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act after FCC Ruling

In July, the FCC issued its omnibus ruling responding to 21 petitions seeking exemptions or clarification of certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The ruling addresses the statutory definition of...more

FCC and FTC Reach Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Agencies Promise Cooperation, Express Shared Jurisdiction...

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and...more

TCPA Connect - November 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Conducts Workshop on Consumer Protection Issues in Lead Generation - On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a full-day public workshop to explore consumer protection issues...more

Budget Deal Allows Autodialers and Robocalls in Federal Debt Collection

President Barak Obama recently signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), which resolved major differences between the White House and Congress, thereby funding the federal government for the next two...more

FTC and FCC Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Samantha Craddock © On November 16, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced they had executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Continued Cooperation...more

FCC Expands Its Claim of Data Security Authority with Recent Enforcement Action Against Cox Communications

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) reached a settlement with Cox Communications, Inc. (“Cox”) regarding a 2014 data security breach that allegedly exposed the personal information of at least 54 current...more

“Human Intervention” Precludes ATDS Classification under New FCC TCPA Order, California Federal District Court Holds

In a memorandum opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently held that the defendant’s manual use of a desktop telephone was not subject to liability under the new Federal Communications...more

$85,000 in Fines Proposed for RF Exposure Violations after Ineffective Rooftop Barriers and Signage Lead to Building Owner’s...

Today the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) issued a pair of closely-related enforcement actions against two radio station licensees for failing to comply with the FCC’s radiofrequency...more

FCC settles data security enforcement action with Cox

In what had been touted as the first data security enforcement action with a cable operator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed to settle an enforcement action following a data breach with Cox...more

FCC Settles with Company Over Alleged Data Protection Failures

On November 5, the FCC resolved its first ever data security action against a cable company with a $595,000 settlement. According to the FCC, the company did not have adequate data security measures in place for employees and...more

FCC Proposes New Rules Governing Hearing Aid Compatible Telephones

The FCC issued on Oct.30, 2015 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would update several rules governing hearing aid compatible (HAC) telephones and handsets. The proposed rules apply to manufactures, including, for the first...more

"FCC Regulatory Initiatives May Spur Foreign Investment in Broadcast and Telecom Entities"

Recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) and Obama administration initiatives may help to spur foreign investment in U.S. entities holding broadcast, telecommunications and other licenses issued by the...more

Alert: FCC Designates MBAN Coordinator, Clears Way for MBAN Operation

The Federal Communications Commission has designated the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) as the frequency coordinator for Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices, clearing the way for their installation and operation....more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

On November 2, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. While much of the attention surrounding the bill focused on the decision to raise the debt ceiling, the legislation also quietly...more

New Federal Budget Deal Provides TCPA Relief for Federal Loan Servicers

For years now, the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been a looming threat to U.S. businesses. Although the TCPA was initially passed “to develop the necessary ground rules for cost-effective protection of...more

Wi-Fi blocking is illegal. FCC fines Hilton Hotels and M.C. Dean over Wi-Fi blocking in two new actions

FCC takes two enforcement actions on Wi-Fi - On November 2, 2015, the FCC issued two separate news releases on Wi-Fi blocking. In one action, the FCC announced a $718,000 fine against M.C. Dean, one of the nation’s...more

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