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Tennessee SaaS Ruling Highlights Telecommunications Concerns for SaaS Providers

The Tennessee Department of Revenue recently released Letter Ruling No. 14-05, in which it considered whether certain cloud collaboration services are subject to the state’s sales tax. At a high level, the provider’s...more

‘Health Care’-Related Calls: Ambiguity at the Intersection of HIPAA and TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established exemptions from certain requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for health care messages regulated under the Health Insurance Portability and...more

FCC Settles With Large Mobile Telephone Company In Connection With Hidden Third-Party Charges

On October 8, the FCC announced a $105 million settlement – the largest in the agency’s history – with a mobile telephone company to resolve allegations that the company engaged in unauthorized billing practices. According to...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments: A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2014)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll look back to the developments from the first half of 2014, and look ahead to market-based sourcing and other issues on the...more

Paths to African Partnerships

In recent years, African stars have soared. Governments, investors, and citizens have driven – and benefited from – booms in banking, construction, retail, and telecommunications. All along, of course, African states have...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Introduction

THE COUNTRY - New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific with a population of approximately four million five hundred thousand people from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds. A significant majority of the...more

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Improving Broadband Access in Rural Areas

The U.S. House Agricultural Committee's subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, recently held a hearing to examine ways to improve and expand broadband in rural areas and to coordinate future investments...more

Connected Cars – legal issues and hurdles!

Connected cars are expected to generate $ 131.9 billion by 2019 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.7% from 2013 to 2019. But such growth shall face legal issues that not only affect data protection matters, but...more

Oregon Supreme Court Provides Definition of "Data Transmission Services" for Central Assessment Purposes

The Oregon Supreme Court today released its long-awaited decision in Comcast Corporation v. Department of Revenue, 356 Or 282, (Oct 2, 2014) (argued January 8, 2013). ...more

Mexico’s Telecom Reform

After months of a loud and often fractious debate, the Mexican Congress passed the implementing legislation for telecom reform nearly a year after the constitutional reform to the sector was approved. Reform of the telecom...more

Is Dark Fiber a Regulated Service?

It seems logical to think that leasing dark fiber is not a telecommunications service. Dark fiber is only a component of a service, not a service unto itself. It may therefore come as a surprise to know that the FCC (and the...more

FCC Sets Dec. 15 Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Submissions

December 15 is now set as the deadline by which nearly all cable operators, telecommunications carriers, and many others must respond to an extensive FCC special access data collection, per an Order on Reconsideration...more

(Yet another?) LCN Consultation!

A new consultation? Well, strictly speaking, not, although it feels like it. As discussed in our post of last week, the Consiglio di Stato (Administrative Supreme Court) issued a Decision no. 4541/2014 on the LCN,...more

A Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China

On September 1, 2014, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Network Security in the Telecommunications and Internet Sectors (the “Opinions”). Issuance of...more

Recent Amendments to the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Russia

Federal Law No. 242-FZ "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation for Clarification of the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Information and Telecommunication Networks" (the "Federal Law No....more

Brazilian Regulators Slap $1.59 Million Fine on Telecom Giant Oi, Alleging Violations of Users’ Privacy Rights

As a reminder of the transnational nature of online data collection-and the ever-expanding web of regulatory bodies stepping in to monitor how information is collected and used-Brazilian regulators announced that they had...more

Legal Innovations In Submarine Cable Projects

Recent years have seen a renewed levels of investment into the submarine cable sector, especially in emerging markets such as Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Some of these have brought with them some interesting legal and...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2014 fiscal year. The due date is Sept. 23, 2014. The fees are intended to recover the Commission's cost of operations, estimated to be...more

FCC Letter Brief Suggests That Faxes and Phone Calls are Different for Purposes of Direct Liability Under the TCPA

At the invitation of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the FCC recently filed a letter brief in Palm Beach Golf Center-Boca, Inc. v. Sarris, No. 13-14013 (11th Cir.). The letter brief took the position that defendants...more

Internet of Things and telecom law issues

Internet of Things technologies require the communication between devices on telecom networks that vary depending on the type of service provided. Such communications in some cases lead to telecom law issues in relation to...more

New rules on transfer of broadcasters/audiovisual/interactive media services providers and network operators!

Further to a consultation process, this August, the Italian Communications Authority (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni, “Agcom”), published a new regulation for the transfer of broadcasters’ ownership (Regulation...more

IRS Ruling Creates Opportunities for Tax Savings by Companies With Substantial Real Estate Assets

On July 29, Windstream announced that it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream made the announcement after it obtained...more

7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014), the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar on the use of publicly disclosed information, refusing to apply it in a case involving...more

District Court Denies Summary Judgment in Broadcast Rights Class Action

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied motions for summary judgment filed by the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC in suits alleging that these...more

Consumer Privacy Legislation? All Sides Weigh In But Remain Far Apart in the Big Debate Over Big Data

Recent comments filed by various stakeholders in response to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Request for Public Comment (RFC) on “Big Data and Consumer...more

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