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Ofcom Releases Statement on Spectrum for the ‘Internet of Things’

Last year, we reported on Ofcom’s Statement on ‘Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT)’ (Statement). IoT refers to the exponentially growing network of products that are capable of communicating...more

The beginning of the end for national TV boundaries?

On 22 April 2016, the European Commission (“EC”) invited industry comment on the commitments proposed by Paramount Pictures International Limited (“Paramount”) in response to concerns raised by the EC. The EC’s concerns were...more

Reality and Trend of China’s Regulation on Payment Service by Non-Financial Institutions 2016

Understanding the payments regulatory environment in China—both the existing regime and pending developments—is essential for companies engaged in cross-border payments activities (particularly non-financial institutions). At...more

FERC staff recommends against Bear River dam

Staff of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have recommended against licensing a dam, reservoir, and hydropower project proposed for the Bear River near Preston, Idaho. The case involves a 2013 application by...more

On Your Mark, Get Set, Build!

It has been nearly five years since Massachusetts legalized casino gambling, but the state is still without an operating resort casino. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Resorts are all chomping...more

New Law On Licenses and Permits is signed

On 21 April 2016, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a new Law On Licenses and permits. The new Law, which aims to protect and promote local entrepreneurship and to encourage business transparency, is...more

New UK Open General Export Licences for Components

UK exporters may now use two new Open General Export Licences (OGELs), reducing the administrative burden of exporting a range of military and dual use components, including printed circuit boards....more

Current Developments In Risk Management For Mortgage Brokers

Whether a mortgage broker is acting as the agent of a borrower in negotiating a loan from a wholesale lender, or arranging a loan by bringing together a proposed borrower and lender, or acting as a lender and originating the...more

West Branch storage project relicensed

Earlier this month U.S. hydropower regulators issued a new license for the West Branch Project, which includes water storage facilities on the West Branch of the St. Croix River in Maine. The Federal Energy Regulatory...more

A Signed Declaration Of Age Card Is Not The Only Defense To Prosecution For Selling Alcoholic Beverages To A Minor

The verification process of having purchasers complete a declaration of age card is overly burdensome on the licensee, especially at busy nightclubs, taverns, and restaurants. The licensee must weigh valid customer demands...more

Wisconsin municipal hydro project license extended

Federal energy regulators have granted a Wisconsin city's request to extend its hydropower project license for five years to allow time for comprehensive river corridor planning. The March 17 order was the result of a...more

FERC rules off-grid micro-hydro needs no license

Federal hydropower regulators have granted reconsideration of a 2015 order finding licensing required for an off-grid micro-hydropower project proposed in Massachusetts. Based on newly submitted evidence that the proposed...more

If Two’s A Party, Is Three A Crowd? MGC Community Hearing on Proposed Brockton Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“MGC”) hosted a community meeting on March 1, 2016 to hear public input regarding Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC’s proposal to build a $677 million commercial casino in Brockton. As...more

State Regulation Roundup Revisited

As discussed in a previous post, several states are in various stages of implementing regulations related to digital currency. Below is an updated summary of the actions currently underway....more

CMA encourages increased competition in Britain’s rail sector

On 8 March 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published a policy document recommending that the government overhaul the currently franchised rail system. 99% of Britain’s trains presently run under...more

Washington tidal power license surrendered

U.S. hydropower regulators have accepted a Washington public utility district's application to surrender its license for an unconstructed tidal power project. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Washington...more

Complaint over FERC hydro project property transfers

What happens when the holder of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for a hydropower project buys, sells, or transfers real estate that is part of the project? A complaint recently filed with the Commission raises...more

Commerce Department Puts China Telecom Giant ZTE on Export Blacklist

On March 8, 2016, a notice appeared in the Federal Register indicating that Chinese telecom giant ZTE, effective immediately, has been placed on the Department of Commerce’s "Entity List." This means that nothing can be...more

Alert: US Restricts Exports and Reexports to Chinese Telecom Company ZTE

The US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") has issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR") and imposing trade restrictions against Zhongxing Telecommunications...more

Attention Philadelphia Contractors: Do You Comply with OSHA Training and Supervision Requirements?

The City of Philadelphia has issued new code requirements for construction worker safety training. The new rules went into effect on October 1, 2015, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections has announced that strict...more

FCC Releases Spectrum Auction User Guide and Online Tutorial for March 28-29 Initial Commitment Window

Today, the FCC posted to the Auction 1001 website the Reverse Auction Initial Commitment User Guide and Online Tutorial. Broadcasters that submitted an FCC Form 177 to participate in the Reverse Auction should review these...more

FERC relicenses Waterbury hydro project

More than 16 years after Green Mountain Power Corporation applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a new license to continue operation and maintenance of its Waterbury Hydroelectric Project on the Little River...more

SBIC Report: GAO Issues 2015 Investment Report on SBIC Funds

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) titled “Characteristics and Investment Performance of Single and Multiple Licensees.” The Jan. 27 report found that the...more

Restoring old mill hydro sites and FERC licensure

Suppose you own an existing water powered mill complex whose hydromechanical facilities have not been operational for decades. You would like to develop a hydropower project at the site, using the existing dam, headrace, and...more

SBA Issues Call for Early Stage Managers

SBA will generally evaluate applicants for Early Stage SBIC licenses using the same factors used for other SBIC applicants, but with a particular emphasis on the managers’ skills and experience in investing in early stage...more

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