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New Rules Impact PEG Access Stations’ Responsibilities Regarding Closed Captioning

Additional Reporting and Compliance Requirements - The Federal Communications Commission published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on Tuesday, imposing new reporting requirements on public, educational and...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Disabilities Access Findings

On August 23, 2016, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s tentative findings about the accessibility of communications technologies, which will be included in this...more

California Court Strikes Fail-Safe TCPA Class Definition

Dixon v. Monterey Fin. Services, Inc., No. 15-cv-03298 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 22, 2016) - At issue before the Court was Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint, and Defendant’s second motion to strike class definition as a fail-safe...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ August 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: -...more

Second Continuation of General License for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE

For the second time, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is extending the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and...more

FCC Continues Crusade to Curb Robocalls

The FCC’s high-profile efforts with regard to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) continue. In addition to two controversial orders released in the last two weeks, the FCC is pushing the telecommunications industry...more

Georgia District Court Dismisses TCPA Claim Due To Human Intervention

Colette Jenkins v. MGage, LLC, No. 1:14-cv-2791-WSD (N.D. Ga. Aug. 12, 2016) - Plaintiff filed this TCPA lawsuit after receiving 150 text messages over an approximately one year period during which she tried to stop...more

FCC Allows for Greater Use of Robo-Calls By School Districts

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has issued a ruling that clarifies the application of the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to schools to allow automated calls and texts to parents in the case of...more

Federal Court: Virginia Municipalities Must Treat Telecommunications Providers The Same As All Other Utilities In The Public Right...

On Monday Aug. 8, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an opinion in Crown Castle v. City of Newport News, holding that Crown Castle proved at trial that the City of Newport News violated...more

FCC Holds Educators and Utilities Making Certain Robo Calls Do Not Violate The TCPA

On August 4, 2016, the FCC released a Declaratory Ruling confirming that schools and utilities making robo calls do not violate the TCPA under certain circumstances. The Ruling, addressed Petitions filed by Blackboard, Inc....more

6th Circuit: Fed Agency Had No Authority to Preempt State-Law Limitations on States’ Activities

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has decided a new federalism case. stopIn State of Tennessee, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission, decided on August 10, 2016, the Court of Appeals held that Section...more

The Digital Single Market Strategy: One Year On

In May 2015, the European Commission announced its Digital Single Market Strategy to accelerate the creation of a digital single market (DSM) across the EU. The EU’s aim is to broaden access to e-commerce, media and...more

FCC Outlines Exemptions from the TCPA for Schools and Utilities

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the FCC granted organizations representing schools and utilities significant relief from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act—a law that subjects callers to substantial penalties if they...more

FCC Thwarted in Efforts to Preempt State Broadband Laws

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has struck a major blow to the FCC’s efforts to remove barriers to broadband service and promote competition in broadband markets. In State of Tennessee v. FCC, the court...more

6th Circuit Reverses FCC’s Preemption of State Law

Yesterday the Sixth Circuit granted two petitions for review in The State of Tennessee et al. v. FCC and issued its opinion reversing the FCC’s order that preempted the laws of Tennessee and North Carolina that limited the...more

FCC Approves Lifeline Compliance Plans for the First Time in Nearly Four Years

For the first time in nearly four years, yesterday the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau announced the approval of two Lifeline compliance plans in a Public Notice. The FCC action comes after the April 27 release of its...more

FCC Proposes to Fine E-Rate Telecom Provider $106,425 for Violation of E-Rate Lowest Corresponding Price Rule

A recent Notice of Apparent Liability ("NAL") issued by the Enforcement Bureau ("Bureau") of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") proposing to fine AT&T $106,425, highlights the need for service...more

Sixth Circuit Rejects FCC’s Effort To Preempt State Regulation Of Municipal Broadband Providers

The FCC’s February 2015 meeting yielded two significant and controversial orders premised on the agency’s authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act: its much-publicized Open Internet Order, and its less-publicized...more

Regulators Nationwide Weigh in on CPUC Litigation

In May, we posted a blog on litigation filed by telecom providers and trade associations to prevent the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) from requiring Plaintiffs to turn over competitively sensitive data to a...more

The New Electronic Communications Code - Areas of Concern for Landowners

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) gives rights to certain providers of telecommunications services (as Code “operators”) to install and maintain their “apparatus” (such as masts, exchanges, cables, cabinets etc.)...more

Open Internet Order Prevails

Addressing challenges to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) 2015 Open Internet Order, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the FCC acted with proper authority when it...more

FCC Launches Mapping Tool to Drive Broadband Healthcare Solutions

This Tuesday, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force unveiled its Mapping Broadband Health in America tool which permits users to “visualize, overlay, and analyze broadband and health data” at the national, state, county and...more

Section 101 Blocks Caller ID Patent

Order Granting Judgment on the Pleadings, Whitepages, Inc. v. Isaacs, et al., Case No. 16-cv-00175-RS (Judge Richard Seeborg) - Litigants continue to use Alice and its progeny to cull the ranks of patents asserted in...more

FCC Annual Regulatory Fee Information for ITSP and CMRS’ Now Available for Review; No Fee Payment Date Set

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has just announced in a Public Notice that Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (ITSP) and Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) providers can now log into...more

Public-Private Partnerships in Municipal Broadband Internet

Cities have long been the center of economic growth in our country, and smart cities recognize that modern infrastructure is a key threshold issue to be addressed for successful economic development....more

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