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Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi

On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and...more

FCC Makes Estimated $50 to $100 Million Available to Competitors Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas for the First Time

Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more

FCC I/S/O Providers to Experiment with Rural Broadband Deployments Under Connect America Fund Phase II

As we recently reported, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “IP Transition Order” includes an experiment designed to test the feasibility of directing Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidies to competitive providers...more

5 Ways the FCC Could Respond to Invalidation of Its 'Net Neutrality' Rules

After the Net Neutrality decision, the FCC has a number of options, all of which could have an important impact on providers and users alike....more

D.C. Circuit Largely Invalidates Net Neutrality Rules: Analysis and Prospects

On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC’s 2010 “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules that had banned blocking or discriminatory treatment of web sites or other online applications by...more

Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a long-awaited decision on the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. That Order required broadband Internet...more

Verizon v. FCC: What Happened, Why It’s Important, and What Comes Next

In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of...more

"Verizon v. FCC: D.C. Circuit Overturns FCC Network Neutrality Regulations"

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded the operative portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) network neutrality regulations....more

Responses to FCC Survey of Fixed Voice and Broadband Rates in Urban Areas (aka Urban Rate Survey) Due Jan. 17, 2014

The FCC recently announced that respondents to the Commission’s “urban rate survey” must complete survey responses no later than Jan. 17, 2014. The urban rate survey is an FCC initiative to collect information of fixed voice...more

FCC Explores Opportunities to Expedite Deployment of Wireless Broadband Facilities

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) directed at expediting the deployment of wireless broadband facilities. Currently, parties seeking to...more

The Wheeler Federal Communications Commission--What Can We expect? 2014 Outlook on Congress and the FCC (Presentation)

In This Presentation: FCC Issues - • When will we have a 5 person Commission? • Issues ..E Rate and help for broadband adoption ..Demise of Title II regulation and the rise of net...more

FCC Establishes Procedures for Challenging Subsidies to Incumbents Under the Connect America Fund

The FCC has issued an order outlining the procedures by which broadband providers can challenge potential subsidies directed to incumbent providers in their service areas under the Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidy program....more

FCC Proposes to Establish New Air-to-Ground Mobile Broadband Service for Airline Travelers

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued last week, the FCC proposed to establish a new, terrestrial-based, air-to-ground (“ATG”) mobile broadband service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz Ku-band, providing multi-gigabyte broadband...more

FCC Opens Proceeding to Explore Release of Additional Spectrum in 5 GHz Band for Use in “Gigabit” Wi-Fi Networks

On Feb. 20, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and initiated a proceeding to release 195 megahertz of additional spectrum for potential use by unlicensed devices...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Regulatory

Communications Law: The Relentless Pursuit of Broadband Competition - As the Obama administration enters its second term, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is one of many federal agencies likely...more

Telecommunications in the 113th Congress

The 112th Congress saw a lot of activity focused on new and changing technologies, but few legislative breakthroughs. Early in the year, there was significant activity around intellectual property and online piracy issues,...more

Federal Communications Commission Expands Availability of 400 Million Dollar Rural Health Care Support Mechanism

Executive Summary: The Federal Communications Commission has released an Order significantly expanding access to $400 million in funds available to health care providers for more accessible and affordable broadband services....more

FCC Establishes New Healthcare Connect Fund

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a new Healthcare Connect Fund (Fund), designed to expand health care provider (HCP) access to broadband technologies and to encourage the creation of broadband health...more

FCC Releases Decision on New Funding Program for Rural Health: Broadband Connectivity Prioritized and the Expansion of...

Federal Communications Commission (FCC; the "Commission") decision making continues to be active in the area of telemedicine. Recently, on December 21, 2012, the agency released a lengthy decision updating its rules and...more

FCC Creates an Annual $400 Million Healthcare Connect Fund for Broadband Services and Infrastructure

On Dec. 21, the FCC released its long-awaited Report and Order reforming its funding mechanisms for rural health care by creating a Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) of $400 million annually....more

FCC Launches Incentive Auction Proceeding to Free Spectrum for Mobile Broadband and Data

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released the text of its plan to establish what has been billed as the world’s first incentive auction process to repurpose broadcast television spectrum for...more

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