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NAFTA Renegotiations – Are You Prepared for Changes in Supply Chain Operations and Market Growth Planning?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 16, 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). According to reports, the negotiations are scheduled to be expedited in an effort to be complete...more

Another step forward filling in blanks in the cyber security law or more questions than answers?

by Hogan Lovells on

Another step forward filling in blanks in the cyber security law or more questions than answers? On 11 July 2017, the China Cyberspace Administration ("CAC") released the draft Key Security ("Draft Regulations") for public...more

Louisville’s “One-Touch” Make-Ready Ordinance Upheld

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In the first decision to consider the legality of a “one touch” make-ready ordinance, a federal district court in Kentucky upheld a City of Louisville law authorizing new attachers to utility poles to rearrange the pole...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due September 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Form 477: Local Competition and Broadband Report - The Local Competition and Broadband Report, containing data as of June 30, 2017, must be filed by September 1, 2017. The report requires the submission of information...more

Cable Operators Reduced Franchise Fee to Municipalities Not Permitted - BB&K Attorneys Win in California Federal Court

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For years, California cable operators have reduced the franchise fee paid to local governments by the amount paid to the California Public Service Commission. While a small amount for many communities, the deduction reduced...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We got our dose of Fed minutes yesterday, and it appears that the Fed—like the rest of us—is scratching its head over the “new reality” of concurrent low inflation and low unemployment. Fed officials are hoping that the low...more

Many California Cities May Not be Receiving Full Cable Franchise Fee

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California suggests that many California cities are receiving less than the full cable franchise fee to which they are entitled....more

AT&T's GO PHONE Trademark Registration Saved by Roaming Services Offered in Canada

by Bennett Jones LLP on

A recent decision involving an AT&T trademark demonstrates how the global reach of technology businesses can sometimes result in a blurring of markets and make documentation of trademark use in Canada difficult to retrieve...more

CPR Appoints New Cyber Panel Ahead of Anticipated Increase in Data Security Disputes

by Hogan Lovells on

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, a New York-based organisation offering Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, has recently announced the launch of a new specialised panel of...more

The New Electronic Communications Code - Key Signals for Landowners

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) gives rights to certain telecommunication services providers (“operators”) to install and maintain “apparatus” such as masts, exchanges, cables and cabinets on over and under public...more

Boletín Mensual de Telecomunicaciones - Julio 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Las siguientes publicaciones fueron hechas por autoridades del gobierno federal durante Julio de 2017 en relación con el Sector de Telecomunicaciones de México...more

Mexico Telecommunications Update - July 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The following announcements were made by public government authorities in July 2017 regarding Mexico's telecommunications sector...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Rings Up Another Spoofing Robocaller, Proposing Over $82 Million in Fines

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As part of its August 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) proposing over $82 million in fines against Philip Roesel and the insurance...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Adopts Challenge Process for Billions in Mobility Fund Phase II Support

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) unanimously adopted an Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order (“Order”) outlining a process to challenge the FCC’s determinations of...more

E-Alert: ITSPs and CMRS Providers Can Now Review and Revise Annual Regulatory Fee Information; September Payment Deadline Not Yet...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Most Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees annually to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public service, international, policy,...more

Germany: Federal Network Agency imposes record fine for cold call advertising

by Hogan Lovells on

The German Federal Network Agency for Energy, Telecommunications, Post and Railway, has issued a record fine of €300,000 against an electricity supplier for systematic cold call advertising....more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Overview: Consumer consolidation drives top end deals

by White & Case LLP on

Following a host of mega-deals, and with the US$13.5 billion megadeal between technology giant Amazon and high-end grocery chain Whole Foods recently grabbing headlines, the consumer sector delivered its highest half-year...more

Enforcement Action in Focus: FCC Imposes Potential Liability of Technology Platforms for Involvement in Unlawful Robocalls

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 26, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released the text of the Forfeiture Order adopted at the Commission’s July 2017 open meeting against Dialing Services, LLC for enabling unauthorized...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms FCC’s 2015 Order Equalizing Cable and Telecom Pole Attachment Rates

On Monday, July 31, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in a unanimous opinion, affirmed the FCC’s November 2015 Order on Reconsideration closing the “telecom formula loophole” to ensure that pole...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Telecommuting Not Reasonable for Accommodation for Litigation Attorney

Contrary to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) position discussed in last week’s EmployNews, federal courts continue to allow employers to require employees to actually come to work. Last month, the Fifth...more

FCC Actions Affecting Building Owners

Owners and managers of multi-tenant environments (“MTEs”), such as apartment buildings, filed initial comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) proceeding to reexamine various types of arrangements between...more

Sixth Circuit Overturns FCC Cable Order - Partner Joseph Van Eaton Represented a Coalition of Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

An FCC order that local governments, schools and the public have opposed for almost a decade was reversed by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is Montgomery County v. FCC, which had its genesis in an FCC...more

German Government Tightens Rules for German Investment Control Covering M&A Transactions by Foreign Acquirers

by White & Case LLP on

On July 18, 2017, the Ninth Regulation Amending the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (Neunte Verordnung zur Änderung der Außenwirtschaftsverordnung ("AWV")) entered into force. The federal government is thus responding...more

FCC Opens Up 76-81 GHz Band for Cutting-Edge Vehicular Radar Applications

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Recognizing that vehicular and airport-based radar systems designed to prevent collisions should be free from interference and should be permitted to operate at optimum frequency levels, the FCC, in a Report & Order released...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ July 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

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...more

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