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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FCC Releases Eagerly Anticipated Lifeline Order

Four weeks after voting 3-2 along party lines to modernize the Lifeline program; the FCC has finally released the text of the Order. The new Lifeline rules: Provide a mechanism for Lifeline subsidies to support broadband...more

The FCC’s Privacy NPRM: A Closer Look at the Commission’s Legal Authority and Some of Its Proposals

As we have previously advised, the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to “protect the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services” (the “NPRM”) proposes sweeping changes to the ways that Internet Service...more

FCC Starts Down the Path to ATSC 3.0

Fulfilling Chairman Wheeler’s promise at the NAB Show to launch a proceeding before the end of the month commencing the process of authorizing use of ATSC 3.0 by TV broadcasters, the FCC today released a Public Notice on the...more

Currently Pending FCC Petitions in TCPA Matters

With the TCPA dockets remaining active going into 2016, we decided to put together a list of notable petitions pending at the FCC. The following list provides details on most petitions that the FCC has yet to rule on,...more

Coalition of Ad Industry Orgs Asks for More Time to Review FCC Privacy Proposal

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) privacy proposal targeting internet service providers is continuing to draw a strong response from the advertising industry. Recently, the FCC voted 3-2 to move forward with...more

Top Takeaways from IAPP

The world of privacy grows every day as more data goes through the cloud. The new trends and weekly data breaches make conferences like the Global Privacy Summit all the more relevant. Earlier this month we went to...more

Product Regulations: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - and Could Destroy Your Business

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

TCPA Connect - April 2016

Podium P.O.V.: Observations From Marc Roth on PACE's Annual Convention - I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Professional Association for Customer Engagement annual convention in Orlando. As in prior years,...more

Privacy Tip #31 – Landlines still a safe way to communicate but telephone companies want to drop them

I am pretty up to date on data privacy and security and technology, but the 60 Minutes episode this past Sunday night floored even me. If you didn’t see it, it is worth streaming. Basically, 60 Minutes showed Karsten...more

Analysis of the FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Regulations

As we highlighted in a post last month, the FCC has proposed sweeping new privacy rules on broadband providers. Since our last post, the FCC has released its proposal in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ...more

Commissioner Pai Seeks Information on Potential Lifeline Abuse

Commissioner Pai is seeking to identify other wireless ETCs that were allegedly engaged in practices similar to those detailed in the FCC’s recent Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued against Total Call Mobile. In a...more

E-rate Application Deadline Extended Again

Mel Blackwell, USAC’s Vice President of the E-rate Program, issued a news brief on Friday announcing that, as a result of “unexpected complications with the implementation of USAC’s new IT system,” USAC is extending the...more

TCPA Exemption for Collection of Federal Debts Applies Retroactively, CA Federal Court Rules

The new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemption for calls made to cellular numbers to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the United States applies retroactively to calls made before the exemption's effective...more

Commissioner Clyburn Embarking on Nationwide Tour

Commissioner Clyburn announced her forthcoming Connecting Communities: Bridging the Communications and Opportunities Divide tour in which she will visit communities around the country to “hear first-hand the opportunities and...more

Advertising Industry Asks for More Time to Weigh in on Controversial FCC Proposal

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an additional two months to comment on proposed privacy rules that would limit broadband providers' ability to engage in...more

Alert: Coming Soon: Federal Regulation of the Internet of Things

The hands-off approach Washington has taken on regulating the Internet of Things ("IoT") may be about to change: the Department of Commerce, through its National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA"), has...more

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as Special Access) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted - The FCC is expected to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that will rewrite the rules that protect local governments, public agencies and...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #2

FTC Hits Volkswagen With Suit Over Emissions Ad Campaign - The Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Volkswagen Group of America, charging the automaker with deceiving consumers in violation of Section 5 of the...more

Partisan Gridlock on Open Internet Rules Likely to Continue Until Court Ruling

Uncertainty over whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will overturn the FCC’s Open Internet rules appears to be a major roadblock to any bipartisan resolution of the issue in Congress. James...more

Class Action TCPA Case Dismissed Because Calls Were Made Solely To Collect a Debt Owed To Or Guaranteed By The United States

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency autodialed student debtor, Neil Silver, in January 2014 in an effort to collect on student debt. Silver claimed that these calls were made without his consent, and therefore...more

FCC Proposes Sweeping Broadband Privacy Rules

Broadband Internet access service providers would face a new, top-to-bottom consumer privacy regime. Twelve months after the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed common-carrier telecommunications rules on...more

FCC Reveals Consumer Broadband Labels; CFPB Director Cordray Weighs In

On April 4, the FCC released new broadband disclosure labels for Internet services. According to the FCC, consumers submit more than 2,000 complaints annually related to surprise fees associated with consumers’ Internet...more

FCC Broadband Privacy and Security Proposed Rulemaking Underway

As we reported last month, the FCC was preparing a proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish privacy and data security requirements for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers. The FCC has now released that proposal...more

FCC 499Q and Geographic Rate Averaging Certificate Filings Due May 2016

Please be reminded of the upcoming due date for the Reports listed below: - Note: The following filings ordinarily have May 1 filing deadlines. However, because the filing deadline falls on a weekend, the filings are due...more

Alert: The FCC's Internet Privacy Proposal Raises Key Issues for Online Advertising

The Federal Communications Commission plans to protect consumer privacy on the Internet by regulating Internet service providers. But the proposals, if adopted, could disrupt the Internet advertising industry. In a 147-page...more

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