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FCC Proposes Eliminating Annual International Traffic and Revenue Report and Streamlining Annual Circuit Capacity Report

At its March 23, 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) voted unanimously to adopt a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on a proposal to reduce certain reporting...more

FCC Sets April 10th as First Day for New, More Flexible FM Translator Rules

AM radio stations owners should mark April 10th on their calendars. That is the official effective date for new FCC rules governing FM translator location—and it gives AM stations more options than before in placing those...more

TCPA Connect - March 2017

Defendant’s Calling System Ruled Not an Autodialer - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The Trump presidency is halfway through its first 100 days. The legislative and executive branches are under a unified Republican government for only the second time since the Eisenhower administration, and the GOP is seeking...more

FCC Approves First 100% Foreign Owner of US Broadcast Stations

On March 31, 2017, Frontier Media, LLC will close on its purchase of 15 radio stations (8 FM/7 AM) in Alaska, Texas and Arkansas, becoming the first 100 percent foreign owned entity to own U.S. broadcast stations. The Federal...more

Court Rules in FTC’s Favor on “Common Carrier” Status in Cramming Case

On an issue that takes on new-found importance after FTC v. AT&T Mobility, a federal court in Montana granted summary judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a case alleging that the defendants violated the...more

FCC Wireline Division Grants Waivers of E-Rate Invoicing Rules Due to USAC Backlogs

On March 16, 2017, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order granting two waivers relating to the E-rate program’s invoicing rules. The waivers address problems resulting from backlogs in USAC’s processing of...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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

FCC Grants Honda Twenty Month Extension to Comply with Video Accessibility Rules

On March 16, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau (Bureau) released a Memorandum Opinion and Order (Order) addressing Honda Motor Co., Ltd’s (Honda) January 2017 petition for limited waiver of video...more

Annual and Quarterly FCC International Reports Due March 31, 2017

Annual Section 43.62(b) International Circuit Capacity Report - Each year the FCC collects data regarding capacity held on international terrestrial, satellite and submarine cable facilities, the status of the circuits,...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #2

Privacy Policy, Notifications Mandatory Under Updated Google Rules - On March 1, Google updated its Play Store policies with a host of changes that took effect on March 15, including a requirement that app developers...more

Wireless Carriers Warn FCC That Net Neutrality For Texts Will Increase Spam

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is weighing the benefits of protecting SMS text messaging under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, often referred to as the Open Internet rules, versus continuing to...more

FCC Adopts Framework for $4.53B Mobility Fund Phase II

After some months of delay, the FCC has launched the second phase in its plans to provide significant subsidies over the next decade to fund the expansion of mobile wireless services to unserved rural areas of the country....more

Texas Hold ‘Em: Long-Lasting Pole Attachment Dispute Ends (For Now)

In late February, the Texas Court of Appeals issued an opinion resolving an eight-year dispute concerning municipal pole attachment fees charged to AT&T and Time Warner Cable (TWC) by CPS Energy (CPS), an electric utility...more

Privacy, Please

Studies show that Americans are more worried than ever about data privacy and security on the internet. Every time you go online, you reveal a lot of information about yourself: what you browse, where you shop and what you...more

Industry Hits Back Against the Plaintiffs’ Bar’s Effort to Eviscerate TCPA Consent Rulings

1992 was an interesting year. Ross Perot ran for president. Crystal Pepsi was all the rage. And the FCC handed down a ruling on the then-nascent TCPA interpreting what it means to provide “express consent” to receive...more

FCC Votes To Block Its Own Privacy Rule

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week that he is planning to take the first step to return authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices to the Federal...more

TCPA Lawyers Take Note: New Proposed Caller ID Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The proposed rules would institute new caller ID...more

Reminder: FCC Form 499-A Worksheet and Annual Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certification Filings Due April 3, 2017

Form 499-A Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - All intrastate, interstate and international providers of telecommunications within the United States, including, but not limited to, VoIP providers,...more

FCC Finalizes Weighting Criteria for Evaluating Provider Bids in CAF Phase II Auction

On March 2, the FCC released an Order finalizing the competitive bidding framework for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction. Under the Phase II auction the FCC will distribute nearly two billion dollars to...more

Are You Liable If Your Station is Hacked?

Somehow, hackers manage access to your radio station audio chain and broadcast alternate programming with indecent or profane content. What will be the FCC’s reaction? Do you notify the FCC? Originally published on Radio...more

UPDATE: FCC Announces New Form 477 Deadline is March 24, 2017

On March 7, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Public Notice announcing that the Form 477 filing interface has been reopened and the new deadline to submit the form this year is Friday, March 24, 2017. The...more

A Closer Look at Pai’s Dissent in the 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling

With the D.C. Circuit still considering the appeal of the FCC’s 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order, Chairman Pai is limited (for now at least) in what he can do to pursue his vision of the TCPA. Nevertheless, with a...more

FCC Releases Details on Channel Sharing Permitted Outside of the Incentive Auction

After consistently calling for more transparency in the FCC rulemaking process during his time as a minority Commissioner, now Chairman Ajit Pai is making good on his promise. In a significant departure from the secrecy that...more

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