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FCC Grants AT&T Waiver Request to Use Real-Time Text for Hearing Impaired Communications

On October 6, the FCC issued an Order granting AT&T a temporary limited waiver of the text telephony (TTY) rules “on wireless networks to the extent that they use Internet Protocol (IP) technologies.” In June 2015, AT&T had...more

[Webinar] Information Security: Background & Recent Developments - Oct. 15th, 12:00pm ET

Join us for an in-depth webinar presented by litigation attorneys James Ward and Phil Stein on the trending topic of information security and how to protect your company from a data breach. This webinar will address what you...more

Second Chance to File Oppositions to CTIA Challenge

In its June 2015 Lifeline Order on Reconsideration, the FCC adopted a new rule which requires ETCs to retain documentation demonstrating subscriber eligibility for Lifeline, such as a copy of the applicant’s food stamp card...more

O’Reilly Paints Team Telecom As an “Inextricable Black Hole” for Applicants, but Will His Call for Reform Fare Better?

On October 1, Chairman Wheeler announced that he has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking among his fellow Commissioners that would seek comment on simplifying the FCC’s foreign ownership approval process for broadcast...more

Congress Grabs Reins on Spectrum

Nowhere is the opportunity greater to promote broadband deployment than in the wireless sector. As our society increasingly goes mobile, devices that were once limited to voice have become major conduits for access to...more

FCC Poised to Consider Expanded Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is slated to consider adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) exploring increased use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz, including for mobile broadband, at ...more

FCC says blocking FCC-approved Wi-Fi hotspots is “patently illegal” and imposes $750,000 fine on Smart City.

Blocking Wi-Fi connections is “patently unlawful”. On August 18, 2015, the FCC announced a $750,000 civil penalty and formal Consent Decree with Smart City Holdings for blocking consumers’ personal Wi-Fi access at...more

Policy and Legal Implications of Implementing Renewable Energy at Scale: Supply and Demand Geographic Mismatch (Part 2 of 6)

The Problem: Supply and Demand Geographic Mismatch Because much of America’s renewable energy supply is inland and demand is on the coasts (about 52% of the U.S. population is coastal), demand cannot meet supply without...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

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

By October 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 July, August and...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2015

On September 8, 2015, United States District Judge Marvin H. Shoob declared Georgia’s statutory garnishment process unconstitutional in Strickland v. Alexander. In what is sure to be the first of many county-level responses,...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #2

FTC Reviews Kids’ Apps for Privacy Progress - Three years after conducting a survey on apps directed to children, the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology Research and Investigation decided to check back with...more

FCC’s New Order Provides Some Guidance for Imaging Centers Placing Autodialed Calls to Patients

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) protects consumers from unwanted telephone calls and text messages by requiring a business to obtain prior express consent before placing autodialed or prerecorded voice calls to...more

FCC Brings “Contest Rule” into 21st Century with Update

The FCC “Contest Rule,” requires broadcast licensees to disclose on air the material terms of contests that they broadcast. In September, 2015, the FCC updated that rule to permit broadcast licensees to comply with their...more

FCC Updates Contest Rule to Provide Flexibility to Meet Disclosure Requirements

Radio and television stations, as well as their audiences, have reason to celebrate. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced significant updates to its regulations regarding the disclosure of material...more

Federal Communications Commission Seeks Comment on Proposed Imposition of Mandatory Network Outage Reporting Requirements for...

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its proposed rules that would require submarine cable licensees to submit reports of network outages. The proposed submarine cable outage...more

Wait, What Did They Just Say? FCC Provides More Flexibility to Broadcasters for Disclosure Requirements in its Contest Rule

On September 17, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order with a long-awaited update to the Contest Rule that gives broadcasters substantially more flexibility as to the medium they choose to announce rules for contests (a...more

TCPA Connect - September 2015

No Need to Wait for the U.S. Supreme Court—Seventh Circuit Rules on Mooting Offers in TCPA Suits - The latest court to weigh in on an offer of judgment in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Suit: the Seventh Circuit...more

Petitioners Coordinate Efforts in Consolidated Appeal of the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order

On September 21, 2015, petitioners ACA International, Sirius XM Radio, Inc., Professional Association for Customer Engagement, Inc., inc. and ExactTarget, Inc., Chamber of Commerce of the United States of...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs In On Prior Express Consent

Under what circumstances does a person give his “prior express consent” to be contacted on his cellphone by a creditor? The Sixth Circuit recently examined that very question in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., where it...more

FCC Issues Citations To Lyft And First National Bank Due To Alleged TCPA Violations

On September 11, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued two similar citations highlighting telemarketing practices by Lyft, Inc. and the First National Bank (FNB). These Citations stated that each entity had violated the TCPA by...more

FCC Cites Two Companies over Unauthorized Telemarketing Allegations

On September 11, the FCC issued citations against a Pennsylvania-based financial institution and a transportation network company (TNC), alleging that both companies engaged in unlawful business practices by infringing...more

FCC Takes a Bite Out of FNB’s Apple Pay User Agreement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a citation to First National Bank Corporation (FNB) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, for engaging in telemarketing practices with...more

“Human Intervention” Defense To TCPA Gains Traction

On August 26, 2015, we wrote about a decision out of the Northern District of California, Luna v. Shac, LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-00607-HRL, 2015 WL 4941781 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 19, 2015), in which the defendant prevailed in defeating...more

FCC Adopts On-Line Contest Rules

The FCC has updated its contest rules to enable broadcasters to post material terms on-line rather than requiring disclosure through over-the-air announcements. Licensees still retain the option to disclose material...more

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