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#HackTelecomMexico Telmex on TV: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

For over 20 years, Telmex has been restricted from the TV services. During last 6 years, this debate grew in importance, but the dilemma remains intact: Should Telmex be allowed to enter TV market? If so, under which...more

EU High Court Overturns Telecom Data Retention Requirements

The Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, declared the EU’s 2006 Data Retention Directive invalid in a judgment issued on April 8, 2014. The directive, which has been implemented via national...more

European Court Of Justice Declares Data Retention Directive Invalid

The Directive requires public electronic communications providers to retain certain communications data (essentially traffic data) to help in the fight against serious crime. It came into force in 2006 after a number of...more

Australian Businesses Supplying Electronic, Telecoms And Broadcasting Services To EU Customers Need To Be Aware Of Changes To EU...

EU VAT CHANGES FOR E-COMMERCE SERVICES - Australian e-commerce businesses that supply services to European customers need to be aware of important "value added tax" ("VAT") changes that will apply across the European...more

House of Lords Select Committee proposals for a new media plurality regime – Is it time for Ofcom to take centre stage?

Executive Summary - The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications (the Select Committee) published its report on media plurality (the Report) on 4 February 2014. The Select Committee proposes a framework that...more

Sound, Speed, and Distance - The Second Circuit Allows Use of SVDR Data as Evidence in Maritime Casualty

In a Summary Order dated March 13, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for Second Circuit affirmed a summary judgment of the Southern District of New York, which ruled in favor of a vessel owner based on data of the...more

U.S. Government Begins Process to Give Up Control Over Key Internet Functions

On March 14, the NTIA (the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration) announced that it would immediately start a process to transition control of “Key Internet Domain Name...more

Belgium: Beware Of The Barking Privacy Watchdog, She’s Biting

The quietness in the privacy landscape in Belgium is about to drastically change. Reason for the change of pace are the recent major data breaches that were published by the media. The Privacy Commission announced it will...more

US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Upholds Fraud Penalties for Ex-GlobeTel Executives

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently upheld a summary judgment decision granted in favor of the US Securities and Exchange Commission against three former GlobeTel Communications Corp. (GlobeTel)...more

Reminder: Accessibility Record Keeping Certification Required by April 1, 2014

Entities providing traditional telecommunications services, interconnected VoIP, advanced communications services (ACS) (which includes non-interconnected VoIP, electronic messaging services, interoperable video...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

Atlas Shrugged: Mexican reg to carry the weight of telecom industry this week

Clock is ticking on IFETEL, the new telecom regulator. According to the telecom reform, It needs to comply with five big challenges by this Sunday, March 9, 2014. 1. It will publish the Tender Rules for two new TV...more

Instant messaging rules needed after $ 33 bn loss?

Apparently phone carriers lost $ 33 bn due to instant messaging apps and after Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp, telecom companies are calling for stringent regulations on instant messaging apps, but how are they currently...more

Minnesota Legislature Convenes

The Minnesota Legislature convened at noon on Tuesday, February 25. It hit the ground running with a minimum wage increase and tax cuts at the forefront. It has already passed a $20 million heating assistance bill. The House...more

FCC Adopts Closed Caption Quality Standards

On Feb. 24, 2014, the FCC released the text of the Report and Order (R&O), Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), which it adopted at its February Open Meeting, addressing the petition of...more

FCC Makes Estimated $50 to $100 Million Available to Competitors Deploying Broadband in Rural Areas for the First Time

Competitive providers deploying broadband networks in rural areas will now be eligible to obtain direct subsidy support from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through an experimental program under the Connect...more

China Lowers Market Entry Barriers for Foreign-Invested Telecommunications Businesses Established in Shanghai Free Trade Zone

China has further opened up its value-added telecoms sector, starting with foreign-invested companies established in the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“SFTZ”). As reported in our January China Bulletin, the SFTZ offers...more

Regulatory Reminder: Annual CVAA Compliance Certifications due April 1

Following up on an important FCC Law Blog item from 2013, entities subject to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”) should be aware that the April 1, 2014 deadline to electronically file...more

China's Latest Enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law and Price Supervision/Regulation

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently outlined its latest efforts in the enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law and price supervision. This newsletter summarizes the noteworthy information NDRC...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Attorney is Bound to $3.54m Class Settlement Fee Agreement He Did Not Sign

On February 14, 2014, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a plaintiff’s attorney was bound by the terms of a class action settlement involving alleged malfeasance in the laying of fiber-optic cables by telecommunications companies...more

FRANCE: First applications of the new procedure to swap a pay DTT channel to free DTT: TF1 and M6 have asked the French media...

A new French law adopted on 15 November 2013 has granted the French media authority (the “Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel” or “CSA”) the power to authorize a pay DTT channel to migrate to free DTT....more

FCC Issues Closed Captioning Quality Standards for Television Programs

At its February 2014 Open Meeting today, the FCC approved new regulations governing the quality of closed captions that must appear in television programming. As noted in our earlier advisory, the long-awaited rules stem from...more

Opportunities for DTT Frequencies in the Italian market

On February 12, 2014 the Italian Ministry for Economic Development started a competitive bid for the assignment of the usage rights for three DTT national frequencies....more

As expected, Mexican telecom operators are showing tough love

IFT started a process to declare which telecom operators are preponderant and could be subject to assymetric regulation or de-invest rulings. Recently, Telmex announced a spin-off of some real estate and leasing...more

Arizona Corporation Commission Recognizes Changing Landscape of Telecommunications

Over the past year, the Arizona Corporation Commission ("Commission") has begun to tailor certain of its regulations to more aptly fit the current landscape of the competitive telecommunications market. Although the changes...more

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