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New FCC Equipment Authorization Rules to Take Effect July 2015

In an earlier blog post, we reported on the Federal Communications Commission’s December 30, 2014, decision to expand the role of Telecommunications Certifications Bodies (“TCBs”), requiring them to process all applications...more

Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

FCC Adopts New Rules, Proposes Further Reforms for Lifeline Program

Last week, the FCC released its second major order in the Lifeline reform proceeding: Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order...more

Digital Disruption When You Least Expect (Or Want) It

In this Presentation: - Introduction - Chocolate, Cookies, Coffee and Biscuits - Privacy, Legislation, Underworld behaviour - Even manufacturers have secrets to protect! - Invention, 1%’ers and...more

Do dropped channels mean you can drop your satellite contract?

Salt Lake City — (KUTV) Ted Hansgen is not shy about which is his favorite 24-hour news network channel. "I spend a lot of time watching Fox News," he said. So when Ted was propositioned to switch TV providers...more

Recognizable Faces Disappear from Facial Recognition Meetings

Facing “industry stakeholders [that] were unable to agree on any concrete cenario” in which affirmative consent should be obtained from individuals before employing facial recognition technologies, nine consumer advocacy...more

Canada’s New Privacy Laws Will Require Breach Notice and Affect Private Sector Operations in Canada

It has been a long time coming, but this week the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) received a make-over, including new data breach notification provisions, with the enactment of the...more

Interconnected VoIP Providers Gain Direct Access to Telephone Numbers

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the FCC released a Report and Order establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain direct access to telephone numbers. Once the process takes effect (after approval by...more

Telemedicine: Hitting a Few Speed Bumps

Despite faster Internet connections, better software, increased availability of devices with built-in video, and an increasingly tech-savvy public, the broad acceptance of telemedicine—the use of telecommunication and...more

FCC Approves Proposed Changes to Telephone Solicitation and Text Marketing Rules

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to approve Commissioner Tom Wheeler's proposal to "close loopholes and strengthen consumer protection" relating to telemarketing and text...more

USAC Creates “VP of Stakeholder Engagement” Position

USAC has created a new position, Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement, and has selected Kate Hays to serve as the first person in that role. Prior to joining USAC, Ms. Hays served as COO and Senior Digital Strategist at...more

PIPEDA Amendments In-Force

Amendments to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) are frequently proposed but just as frequently die on the order paper. Bill S-4, which proposed the most significant amendments to...more

FCC Adopts Lifeline Item

Last week, the FCC adopted a Second Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program. ...more

The Internet of Things

In this Presentation: - Internet of Things - definition - But what is it all about? - But not just that... - The IoT market in figures... - Beecham Research - view of the World - The Connected...more

German Parliament's IT-Security Act Covers Critical Infrastructure

On June 12, 2015, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed an Act to Improve the Security of Information Technology Systems ("IT-Security Act"). The new legislation requires operators of so-called critical...more

CFPB Using its Enforcement Powers Yet Again for UDAAP Violations, This Time Against PayPal

Even after the PayPal settlement, the definition of “abusive” remains as subjective and fact specific as ever. On May 19, PayPal agreed to a $25 million settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or...more

AT&T Petitions FCC to Replace TTY with Real-Time Text for Hearing Impaired Communications

On Friday, AT&T submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC, requesting that the Commission update its rules requiring support for text telephone (TTY) technology. The petition asks the FCC to launch a proceeding to...more

Open Internet Rules Become Effective Today, June 12

On June 12, 2015, the Open Internet Order's (Order) three bright line rules and the new “general conduct” standard will become effective. The reclassification of broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a...more

The USA FREEDOM Act Heightens the Need for Carriers to Examine their Data Retention Practices

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, Barack Obama signed the USA FREEDOM Act into law. Among other reforms, the USA FREEDOM Act adopts a series of modifications to federal foreign intelligence gathering statutes and procedures to...more

D.C. Circuit Denies Stay, Open Internet Rules Become Effective June 12

On June 11, 2015, the D.C. Circuit rejected U.S. Telecom’s request for stay which would have put the Open Internet rules on hold until the court issued a decision on their legality. However, the court agreed to expedite its...more

Amendments to the PRC Advertising Law: The Practical Implications for Brands

When Will Things Change - The existing PRC Advertising Law (Existing Law) entered into force on February 1, 1995 and has not been amended since then. With the advance of the internet and the fact that the average person...more

Open Internet Rules Become Effective June 12: Impact on Pole Attachments

On Friday, June 12 – barring a judicial stay – many of the FCC’s “Open Internet” rules will become effective. A significant consequence of the reclassification of retail broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a...more

ICAP – one fine too many?

On 4 February 2015, the European Commission (Commission) fined cash broker ICAP plc (ICAP) €14.9 million for its involvement in the Japanese Yen (JPY) LIBOR cartel. Unlike the other participants in the alleged cartel, ICAP...more

Twelve Communities in Western Mass. on Board for Muni Broadband Project

This country was founded upon communities in New England helping themselves instead of relying on others to fix their problems, said Blair Levin, Gig.U executive director, speaking to us on municipal broadband projects. So...more

Cuba’s Underdeveloped Telecommunications Infrastructure Presents Opportunities

Following changes in U.S. foreign policy toward Cuba, announced by President Obama in December 2014, U.S. government officials and industry players have begun exploring the development and expansion of Cuba’s...more

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