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FCC Bureaus Release Guidance on Transparency Rule Implementation

On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015...more

Top Takeaways from DWT’s April 26 Open Internet Webinar

As the communications industry anxiously awaits a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on the judicial challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules, the Commission is...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing to Discuss FCC’s Proposed Privacy Rules

On May 11, the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules.” Present at the hearing were witnesses FCC Chairman Thomas...more

Internet Service Providers Face New Regulatory Environment in the FCC’s Privacy and Security Proposal

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) of privacy and security regulations for Internet service providers (ISPs). The NPRM, In The Matter of Protecting the...more

New Cop on the Block – FCC’s Proposed Data Privacy and Security Rulemaking for Broadband Internet Access Providers

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or global Commission) issued its Open Internet Order, applying Section 222 of the federal Communications Act to broadband Internet access services (BIAS), and in doing so...more

FCC Privacy Comments [Still] Due May 27

After taking more than a year to issue its notice of proposed rulemaking regarding broadband Internet privacy, today the FCC denied requests from multiple parties for extensions of time to file comments. In its denial,...more

Analysis of the FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Regulations

As we highlighted in a post last month, the FCC has proposed sweeping new privacy rules on broadband providers. Since our last post, the FCC has released its proposal in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ...more

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 Proposes Sweeping Broadband Privacy Rules

Broadband Internet access service providers would face a new, top-to-bottom consumer privacy regime. Twelve months after the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed common-carrier telecommunications rules on...more

FCC Broadband Privacy and Security Proposed Rulemaking Underway

As we reported last month, the FCC was preparing a proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish privacy and data security requirements for broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers. The FCC has now released that proposal...more

FCC Proposes Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

In a recently issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC asked for comments on proposed rules that would apply the traditional privacy requirements of the Communications Act to providers of broadband Internet access...more

FCC Proposes Sweeping Privacy and Data Security Rules with Significant Potential Impact on the Broadband Ecosystem

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) voted along party lines (3-2) to launch a notice of proposed rulemaking (Notice or NPRM) to establish privacy rules for Broadband Internet Access...more

They Can Be Heroes: The FCC Proposes Expansive and Detailed Privacy & Cybersecurity Regulations for Broadband ISP

On April 1, 2016, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that would impose new regulatory burdens on broadband Internet service providers’ use of customer data. The wide-ranging NPRM also proposes rules...more

FCC Releases Open Internet Transparency/Disclosure Rule Safe Harbor in the Form of Broadband Service “Labels” for End User...

The FCC has released its safe harbor disclosure framework under the Open Internet transparency requirements for end user customer disclosures, which take the form of a broadband “label” –not unlike the form of labels used by...more

What Net Neutrality Wrought: The FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Rules

As previously promised in last year’s Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed privacy requirements for...more

FCC Proposes Broad Privacy Regulations for Broadband Providers

Last week, the FCC announced that Chairman Tom Wheeler had circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on implementing Section 222’s privacy obligations for broadband providers. Section 222’s requirements were...more

Patient Zero – Public Knowledge Seeks FCC Review of A New “Zero Rated” Service

Consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge recently filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) challenging a multi-system operator’s (“MSO”) online video service as violative of conditions imposed as...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - February 2016

With a new year come exciting new developments in the world of privacy and data protection. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the digital version of The WSGR Data Advisor. Please visit our site for the latest news and...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and...more

Sixty Civil Liberties Groups Petition FCC For Broadband Privacy Rules

A group of sixty prominent civil liberties organizations sent a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) on January 20, urging Chairman Tom Wheeler to propose new privacy rules governing broadband...more

FCC Spares Smaller Broadband Providers from Compliance with Enhanced Transparency Rule of Open Internet Order for Another Year

On December 15, 2015, the FCC Consumer Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB”) released an Order extending the temporary small business exemption from enhancements to the modified transparency rule established under the 2015 Open...more

FCC Extends Exemption from Enhanced Disclosure Rules for Small Providers

On Wednesday, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau extended the ongoing exemption from applying the enhanced transparency requirements of the 2015 Open Internet Order to small providers. As a result, small...more

Alert: FCC Extends Exemption for Open Internet Transparency Rules for Small ISPs

In an order released late on December 15, the FCC extended the temporary exemption for smaller Internet service providers ("ISPs") from the "enhanced transparency" provisions of its March 2015 Open Internet Order through...more

FCC Bureau Extends Open Internet Order’s Small Provider Exemption Until December 2016; Table Set for Full Commission Review in...

On December 15, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB or the Bureau) issued a Report and Order extending the temporary exemption for smaller broadband Internet...more

Equal online access for all? Net neutrality enshrined in the EU

The European Parliament recently adopted a new regulation on mobile roaming and the open internet (the Regulation) which comes into effect on 30 April 2016. The Regulation brings into effect two important changes. Firstly,...more

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