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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

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 Releases Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal Fact Sheet

On March 10, the FCC released a fact sheet regarding consumers’ rights in relation to broadband internet services. Significantly, the fact sheet highlights FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed rule, which was recently...more

Electronic marketing’s Internet twist: Use e-mail, not faxes or texts

The name of the CAN-SPAM Act scares some people. They think it severely regulates, or maybe even prohibits, e-mail marketing. In a somewhat surprising twist of Internet law, however, e-mail marketing is less heavily regulated...more

Lawmakers Echo FCC Chairman’s Call for Lifeline to Support Broadband

Members of Congress are asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to further modernize the Lifeline program to include broadband Internet services. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and 85 other members of the House sent a letter to Chairman...more

FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found...more

Challenge to FCC Preemption of State Prohibition on Municipal Broadband to be Heard in March

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set oral argument for 9:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2016 on the appeals brought by the States of Tennessee and North Carolina challenging the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

FCC Clears Path for U.S. Telecom Companies to Provide Services to Cuba

The Federal Communications Commission recently removed Cuba from its "Exclusion List," allowing telecommunications companies to offer telephone and internet services between the United States and Cuba without separate...more

"Communications: 2016 Could Be Defining Year for Net Neutrality, Spectrum Auction"

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed in on two historic accomplishments. After years of laying the groundwork, the FCC issued its net neutrality regulations as well as final rules and opening bid...more

FCC and FTC Reach Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Agencies Promise Cooperation, Express Shared Jurisdiction...

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and...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

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

FCC Shows Hand on Regulation of Edge Providers

In a prior post, we commented on how the recent expansion of the FCC’s authority to regulate the privacy practices of Internet service providers (ISPs) has ignited calls for further expansion of the FCC’s authority to cover...more

Sixth Circuit Consolidates Cases, Sets New Briefing Schedule in Appeals Involving Municipal Broadband Laws

As expected, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has consolidated the two Petition for Review proceedings brought by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina seeking review of the FCC’s order striking down provisions of...more

FCC Proposing to Further Streamline Equipment Authorizations

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) seeking comment on several proposals to update and modify the rules governing the procedures Radiofrequency...more

FCC Seeks Input on Open Internet Transparency Exemption

Smaller broadband providers now have an opportunity to convince the FCC to maintain the small provider exemption from the new “enhanced” transparency (disclosure) requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order. As we explained...more

Edge Provider Files First Interconnection Complaint

What appears to be the first complaint by an edge provider regarding interconnection has been submitted to the FCC. In the complaint, dated June 22, 2015, Commercial Network Services (CNS) identifies itself as an edge...more

Open Internet Advisory Opinions: Do You Feel Lucky?

As part of the 2015 Open Internet Order (“Order”), the FCC adopted rules enabling regulated entities to seek advisory opinions from the Enforcement Bureau regarding the application of the Open Internet rules to proposed...more

FCC Open Internet Advisory Procedures - Possibilities and Potential Pitfalls

As we head into this long holiday weekend, the FCC gives us something to think about. To seek guidance or not to seek guidance, that is the question. Today, the FCC released its Open Internet Advisory Opinion Procedures....more

FCC Warns Broadband Internet Service Providers Of Coming Expanded Title II Privacy Regulation

On May 20, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released an Enforcement Advisory notifying providers that the agency’s recent Open Internet Order “applies the core customer privacy protections of Section 222 of...more

FCC Releases Enforcement Advisory Regarding Privacy and Internet Service Providers

On May 20, the FCC released an enforcement advisory regarding the enforcement of Section 222 of the Communications Act as it relates to providers of broadband Internet access service (BIAS). The advisory bulletin indicates...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

"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

Privacy Tuesday – April 2015 #3

Some privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: FCC to Hold Public Workshop on Broadband Consumer Privacy Tomorrow - Over the last several months, the Federal Communications Commission has taken on a...more

FCC Likely to Launch New Rulemaking Proceeding to Further Reform Lifeline Program

The FCC is gearing up to launch a new rulemaking proceeding to once again overhaul the Lifeline program. The last major reform of the program was in 2012, and this new rulemaking would likely continue the work of some of the...more

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