The United States Federal Communications Commission

The United States Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency established by the Communications Act of 1934. The Commission is charged with regulating interstate and international... more +
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Lifeline Disbursements Continue Decline in 2014

Data released by USAC in its 2014 Annual Report show an 11 percent decline in Lifeline disbursements from 2013 and a 27 percent decline from 2012 – the program’s peak funding year. These figures, illustrated in the table...more

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory – Tells Broadband Providers to Take “Reasonable, Good Faith” Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy...

Come June 12, unless stayed by a federal court, broadband Internet service providers will be subject to expanded requirements to protect consumer privacy and new limitations on the use of customer data under the FCC’s recent...more

FCC Adopts Emergency Information Accessibility Rules for Second-Screen Devices

At its May 21, 2015, Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules requiring visually displayed emergency information to be available aurally on “second screens” – such as tablets, laptops, or...more

Proposed California Law Would Automatically Approve Applications for Cell Sites

Municipalities Should Act Immediately if They Wish to Make their Views Known to their Legislators - The California State Assembly’s Local Government Committee has unanimously voted Assembly Bill 57 out of committee,...more

FCC Enforcement Advisory: Broadband Providers Must Take Reasonable, Good Faith Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued its first enforcement advisory in the post-Open Internet Order era. Not surprisingly, the Bureau’s first advisory addressed the consumer privacy obligations of...more

Commissioner Clyburn Speaks on Need to Reform Lifeline to Bridge the Homework Gap and Digital Divide

This morning, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn spoke at the Schools, Health & Library Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s fifth annual conference, where she laid out her thoughts on how to address the challenge of the “homework gap”...more

FCC Releases Draft Eligible Services List

On May 21, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau asked for comment on the E-rate proposed Eligible Services List (ESL) for funding year 2016. The proposed ESL incorporates several changes spurred by the FCC’s Second E-rate...more

FCC Enforcement Advisory: Broadband Providers Must Take Reasonable, Good Faith Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued its first enforcement advisory in the post-Open Internet Order era. Not surprisingly, the Bureau’s first advisory addressed the consumer privacy obligations of...more

Court Clarifies Free Offers and Dual Purpose Calls

A recent decision from the Southern District of Alabama provides more clarity as to the treatment of “dual purpose” telephone calls to wireless numbers that offer free goods and services. The Federal Communications Commission...more

Last Pieces of Wireless Infrastructure Order Take Effect

On Monday, May 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the effectiveness as of that same date of the remaining wireless infrastructure rules the agency adopted in...more

Senators Urge FCC “Not to Weaken” the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

A group of ten democratic senators led by Senator Edward Markey joined in a letter to the FCC urging it “not to weaken the privacy protections” contained in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) preventing most...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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

Categories 1 and 2 to be Fully Funded for 2015-2016 Funding Year

For the first time in many years, the FCC has announced that it anticipates being able to fund all E-rate funding requests. Last Friday, the FCC issued a Public Notice that states that the estimated demand for Category 1...more

FCC Cites Three Companies For Its Unwanted Robocalls

On May 4, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cited three companies, Call-Em-All LLC (Call-Em-All), Ifonoclast Inc. (Ifonoclast) and M.J. Ross Group Inc. (M.J. Ross) (Ifonoclast and M.J. Ross conduct business as...more

Spotlight on Vendor Management: “Brother’s Keeper” Enforcement Pattern Becoming the Norm

Two regulatory enforcement matters announced in April offer a view into the current mindset of regulators in the ever-evolving world of vendor management. First, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a $25...more

FCC Sets Stage for Supplemental Changes to the Federal Telecom Pole Attachment Rate Formula

Today, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau released a Public Notice seeking to refresh the record on a Petition for Reconsideration filed by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), COMPTEL, and tw telecom...more

Consumer Privacy and Broadband: The Debate Begins

Privacy and data security are high priorities of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to significant enforcement actions against AT&T and TerraCom/YourTel that...more

Where Are We Now? The NIST Cybersecurity Framework One Year Later

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Cybersecurity Framework (Framework) almost 15 months ago and charged critical infrastructure companies within the United States to improve their...more

How 'Common Carrier' Defense Applies to TCPA Class Actions

The Federal Communications Commission, the agency which Congress gave authority to implement regulations and enforce the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, expressly exempts common carriers who transmit prohibited fax...more

Parties Weigh in on Cox Petition to Restrict Support for School-owned Broadband Networks

On April 29, several entities filed comments on Cox’s Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC’s December E-rate Order. That Order provided new support for schools and libraries to “self-provision,” or build their own...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - DOJ Issues Cyber Preparation and Response Guidance - RadioShack’s Plan to Auction Customer Data Highlights Issues Over Treatment of Such Data as an Asset - Google v. Vidal-Hall and...more

AT&T and SNET to Pay $10.9 Million for Overbilling Lifeline Program

AT&T and SNET  (while affiliated with AT&T), have agreed to pay a collective $10.9 million in order to settle an FCC enforcement proceeding involving the failure to timely de-enroll “a number of” subscribers who were no...more

"The FCC Acts (Again) on Net Neutrality, Awaits Court Challenges"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) recently issued its long-awaited network neutrality regulations, which if allowed to stand will have far-reaching implications for media, content, broadband and the...more

Last Week to File for Retroactive Waiver of FCC Rule Requiring Opt-Out Notice on All Fax Advertisements

Any company that communicates by fax should strongly consider whether to request a retroactive waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) rule requiring that opt-out notice be included on all fax ads, including...more

FCC Stakes Out Privacy Territory in Broadband Privacy Workshop

If you thought all the action in privacy regulation centered around the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission would like you to think again. Yesterday, April 28, the FCC held a 3-plus hour workshop...more

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