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Ninth Circuit Strips FTC of ‘Activities-Based’ Jurisdiction over Common Carriers

The FTC has no jurisdiction over common carriers even when they engage in non-common carrier activity, according to a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit opinion. In FTC v. AT&T Mobility, No. 15-16585 (9th...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

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

Privacy Tip #31 – Landlines still a safe way to communicate but telephone companies want to drop them

I am pretty up to date on data privacy and security and technology, but the 60 Minutes episode this past Sunday night floored even me. If you didn’t see it, it is worth streaming. Basically, 60 Minutes showed Karsten...more

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

D.C. Circuit Affirms FCC Order Mandating Data Roaming Obligations for Mobile Service Providers

On Dec. 4, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision affirming the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2011 Data Roaming Order (Data Roaming Order)....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

FCC Inquiry Implicates Mobile Payments Data

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) renewed inquiry into the privacy and security of information stored on mobile communications devices has run into a challenge to the agency’s authority to expand its regulation of...more

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