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What to Expect From the Trump FCC

In the days since the recent election, many tech, media and telecom industry observers remain unsure of what to expect from the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration. Fortunately, there are some...more

Establishing the Due Diligence Defence Under CASL

Despite being in force for over two years, many of the key provisions of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL” or the “Act”) remain shrouded in uncertainty. One such provision, for example, is the Act’s due diligence...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ November 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...more

How Do I Sell My Cell Lease?

Selling a cell lease and future leasing rights for the site in question usually involves three steps. First, deciding whether you want to sell. Often the first question to ask is whether you can take the money from a...more

The French Competition Authority imposes record fine for gun jumping practices

On 8 November 2016, the French Competition Authority (FCA) published a press release announcing that it imposed a fine of EUR 80 million on the Altice Group (Altice Luxembourg and SFR Group) for implementing two transactions...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: November

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently published statistics concerning the European Union (“EU”) merger control review process. Typically, the Commission examines larger mergers with an EU dimension, meaning that...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Requirements of New FCC Privacy Order May Present Immediate Implementation Challenges for...

As ISPs continue to absorb the scope of the FCC’s recent Privacy Order (the “Order”), one immediate question presents itself: what steps must ISPs take to begin implementing the data security and breach notification...more

DC Circuit Vacates FCC Ruling on Access Charges for CLEC-Partners of Over-the-Top VoIP Service Providers

Much like Freddy Kruger, the legal battles between ILECs and CLECs over reciprocal compensation simply refuse to die. The most recent flare-up of this long-running war was last Friday’s ruling by D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen...more

International Cellular Roaming – Am I Secure?

Many firms have strict international travel policies in relation to the use of technology. These policies tend to be more skewed towards countries with greater state control over communications networks and specifically the...more

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (N.D. Ga. 2016)

Message Exchange Patent Held Invalid under Section 101 - Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC ("MTel") sued United Parcel Service, Inc. ("UPS") in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for...more

US Coachways Settles TCPA Class Action for $49.9 Million

Recently, an Illinois federal judge approved a $49.9 million settlement between US Coachways, a national charter bus and bus rental company, and a class of plaintiffs, represented by lead plaintiff James Bull for Telephone...more

FCC Adopts New Broadband Privacy Rules and Begins Process to Eliminate Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new broadband privacy rules after a 3-2 vote. Among other extensive obligations, the new rules require broadband Internet service providers to notify...more

FCC Institutes New Privacy Regime for Broadband Providers and Other Telecommunications Carriers

Landmark ruling establishes a variety of new obligations, but long-term effects remain unclear. On November 2, 2016, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an order adopting new privacy rules that will...more

New Rules for OTT Services—The EU Commission’s Draft Electronic Communications Code

In December 2015, we reported about a German court that classified Google’s Gmail as a regulated telecommunications service. This court decision added to the discussion of whether and to what extent communications services...more

Developments in Merger Control: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over

Two recent enforcement actions are reminders that there are antitrust risks to be addressed after the deal is signed and even after it has closed. In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) challenged Valeant...more

FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order: Dead on Arrival?

The Federal Communications Commission recently released an order containing new privacy protections for customers of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers, which was adopted by a 3-2 vote along partisan lines. In...more

FCC's Order on Broadband Privacy Will Be Felt by Energy Companies

Modern energy companies should pay close attention to the Federal Communications Commission's recent order adopting rules protecting the privacy of customer proprietary information. Although not particularly focused on energy...more

Post-Election Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session What to Expect? - Updated

Last week, ML Strategies shared our thoughts on what to expect in the post-election lame duck Congress. The unknown factor at that point in time was who would be elected President on November 8th, which party would be in the...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Hazard Safety Alert from for Truck Vacuum Operations

Static electricity during vacuum operations can result in accidents such as shock hazards, explosions, and secondary injuries from falls due to shock, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has warned in a safety alert for...more

FCC Imposes Privacy Restrictions on Broadband Providers…For Now

As he rushes to accomplish his list of objectives before the change in administrations, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was able to cross one off that list last week. For the first time, the FCC imposed privacy requirements on...more

Hotly Anticipated Broadband Privacy Order Released by FCC

On Nov. 2, 2016, the FCC released its long-awaited broadband privacy Order and rules by a 3-2 vote. The Order comes nearly 18 months after the Commission moved to reclassify broadband internet access service (“BIAS”) as a...more

Client Advisory: The FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the text of its long-awaited Broadband Privacy Order, which it adopted on October 27, 2016. The practical impact and reach of the rules...more

FCC Releases Broadband Privacy Order with Major Implications for All Telecommunications Carriers

On October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) in a party-line (3-2) vote adopted a Report and Order (the Broadband Privacy Order or Order) that imposes a comprehensive set of privacy and data...more

New FCC Privacy Rules for Broadband and Voice Providers

In an order issued November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission for the first time imposed privacy requirements on providers of broadband internet access services (“BIAS”). The much-anticipated order was an...more

FCC adopts proposed $21,691,499 fine of Network Services Solutions for violations of the USF Rural Health Care Program

In the first major FCC enforcement proceeding involving its Rural Health Care Program, the FCC on November 4, 2016 adopted an NAL for nearly $22 Million against telecommunications reseller Network Services Solutions, which...more

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