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Hook Me Up: Established and Start-up Competitive Providers Find Common Ground Discussing Broadband Deployment Issues

Consumers today expect high-speed access to content, anytime, anywhere. We often take for granted the ability to leave home, head to work, and travel to many cities, or even across the country, without losing the ability 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

Commission Adopts Long-Awaited Mobility Fund Phase II

On February 23, 2017, during the second open meeting under Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) unanimously approved an order launching the long-awaited second phase of the Mobility...more

FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality

Roughly two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has taken steps providing further evidence that he plans to roll back FCC actions taken under...more

Who Will Grant Licenses for Lifeline Broadband? FCC Takes a Pause in Pending Appeal to Consider New Administration’s Approach

Last Friday, the FCC filed a motion with the DC Circuit to put a hold on the pending appeal of a portion of its 2016 Lifeline order finding that the FCC—and not the states—had sole jurisdiction to grant Lifeline broadband...more

FCC Cancels Recently Granted Lifeline Broadband Provider Licenses as Part of Larger Sweep of Wheeler-Era Decisions

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau recently granted nine Lifeline Broadband Provider (“LBP”) designations: four on December 1, 2016 and five more on January 18, 2017, as part of its effort launched last year by...more

FCC Wireless Bureau’s Staff Report Questions AT&T and Verizon Zero Rating Practices in Mobile Broadband Market…But To What Effect...

On January 11, 2017, the FCC released its most extensive “policy review” of mobile broadband operators sponsored data offerings for zero-rated content and services since the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. ...more

First Group of Lifeline Broadband Providers Designated by the FCC

On December 1, 2016, the FCC somewhat unexpectedly issued an order approving four Lifeline Broadband Provider (“LBP”) applications, which will permit the companies to receive Lifeline support for the provision of broadband...more

Broadband Providers Face New Regulations for Protection of Consumer Data

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released landmark protections for internet users, requiring permission from broadband subscribers before broadband providers can collect data on the subscribers’ web...more

FCC Steps Up Enforcement of Broadband Transparency Rules

Continuing its efforts to enforce the Open Internet transparency rules, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced a settlement and consent decree with a mobile broadband ISP (T-Mobile) under which the...more

Of “Lunch Stands and Merry-Go-Rounds”: Ninth Circuit’s Rejection of FTC Authority Over “Throttling” Could Have Far Reaching...

On August 29th, a Ninth Circuit panel unanimously held that the FTC has no power to challenge “throttling” of unlimited data plan customers by mobile broadband providers as an “unfair or deceptive act.” The panel found that...more

ETCs and State Commissions Seek to Overturn Some of the New FCC Lifeline Rules

As was expected after the FCC’s sweeping Lifeline rule changes, several parties filed Petitions for Reconsideration of the controversial Lifeline Modernization Order. Petitioners, consisting of trade associations, ETCs, and...more

Six Key Consequences of the D.C. Circuit Upholding Net Neutrality

On its third try, the Federal Communications Commission finally got the sweeping net neutrality court victory it had been seeking for years. In US Telecom v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

FCC Privacy Regulations: The Next Litigation Trend?

Last month the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) closed the comment period for its proposed privacy regulations, which we previously wrote about here. The million dollar question on everyone’s minds is whether the...more

DC Circuit Affirms FCC’s Open Internet Order

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected multiple Petitions for Review and upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That order reclassified wired and mobile broadband Internet access services as...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

Let’s Go Crazy: The FTC and FCC Launch “Parallel” Investigations Into Security Updates of Mobile Communications Industry

Earlier this week, the FTC and FCC announced “parallel” investigations into how carriers and mobile device makers release information on vulnerabilities, and how and when mobile security patches are distributed. The...more

The Lifeline Modernization Order

Last week, the FCC finally released the full, 224-page text of its controversial and anxiously awaited Lifeline Modernization Order, which was approved by a bitterly divided, party-line 3-2 vote on March 31. As we advised in...more

Lifeline Modernization and Transition from Voice to Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released the Lifeline Modernization Order on April 27, 2016, to modernize the Lifeline program to support broadband Internet access, which “has become a prerequisite...more

FCC Sets Clearing Target and Starting Date for Incentive Auction

In a long-anticipated move towards commencement of the spectrum auction, the FCC today released a Public Notice and related Appendix providing an initial clearing target of 126 Megahertz of spectrum in what is currently the...more

FCC Releases Eagerly Anticipated Lifeline Order

Four weeks after voting 3-2 along party lines to modernize the Lifeline program; the FCC has finally released the text of the Order. The new Lifeline rules: Provide a mechanism for Lifeline subsidies to support broadband...more

The People Have Spoken, Will the FCC Listen?

If you’ve been following the most recent round of Lifeline reform proceedings, you will have noticed two things: The overwhelming majority of Lifeline stakeholders agree that Lifeline support should cover broadband service;...more

Commissioners Wheeler and Clyburn Unveil Aspects of Major Lifeline Overhaul

On March 8, 2016, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn unveiled a fact sheet summarizing their plan to “re-orient” the Lifeline program towards broadband service and a recap of the existing reforms...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 Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Rules Affirmed By Fourth Circuit

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the FCC’s rules implementing Section 6409(a) of the Spectrum Act, including the “deemed granted” remedy for a local government’s failure...more

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