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FCC Sets Dec. 15 Deadline for Special Access Data Collection Submissions

December 15 is now set as the deadline by which nearly all cable operators, telecommunications carriers, and many others must respond to an extensive FCC special access data collection, per an Order on Reconsideration...more

(Yet another?) LCN Consultation!

A new consultation? Well, strictly speaking, not, although it feels like it. As discussed in our post of last week, the Consiglio di Stato (Administrative Supreme Court) issued a Decision no. 4541/2014 on the LCN,...more

A Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China

On September 1, 2014, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Network Security in the Telecommunications and Internet Sectors (the “Opinions”). Issuance of...more

Recent Amendments to the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Russia

Federal Law No. 242-FZ "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation for Clarification of the Procedure of Personal Data Processing in Information and Telecommunication Networks" (the "Federal Law No....more

Brazilian Regulators Slap $1.59 Million Fine on Telecom Giant Oi, Alleging Violations of Users’ Privacy Rights

As a reminder of the transnational nature of online data collection-and the ever-expanding web of regulatory bodies stepping in to monitor how information is collected and used-Brazilian regulators announced that they had...more

Legal Innovations In Submarine Cable Projects

Recent years have seen a renewed levels of investment into the submarine cable sector, especially in emerging markets such as Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Some of these have brought with them some interesting legal and...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2014

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2014 fiscal year. The due date is Sept. 23, 2014. The fees are intended to recover the Commission's cost of operations, estimated to be...more

FCC Letter Brief Suggests That Faxes and Phone Calls are Different for Purposes of Direct Liability Under the TCPA

At the invitation of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the FCC recently filed a letter brief in Palm Beach Golf Center-Boca, Inc. v. Sarris, No. 13-14013 (11th Cir.). The letter brief took the position that defendants...more

Internet of Things and telecom law issues

Internet of Things technologies require the communication between devices on telecom networks that vary depending on the type of service provided. Such communications in some cases lead to telecom law issues in relation to...more

New rules on transfer of broadcasters/audiovisual/interactive media services providers and network operators!

Further to a consultation process, this August, the Italian Communications Authority (Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni, “Agcom”), published a new regulation for the transfer of broadcasters’ ownership (Regulation...more

IRS Ruling Creates Opportunities for Tax Savings by Companies With Substantial Real Estate Assets

On July 29, Windstream announced that it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream made the announcement after it obtained...more

7th Circuit Rejects Public-Disclosure Bar in Qui Tam Case

In United States ex rel. Heath v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., No. 12-3383 (7th Cir. July 28, 2014), the Seventh Circuit grappled with this bar on the use of publicly disclosed information, refusing to apply it in a case involving...more

District Court Denies Summary Judgment in Broadcast Rights Class Action

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied motions for summary judgment filed by the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC in suits alleging that these...more

Consumer Privacy Legislation? All Sides Weigh In But Remain Far Apart in the Big Debate Over Big Data

Recent comments filed by various stakeholders in response to the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Request for Public Comment (RFC) on “Big Data and Consumer...more

Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream received a private letter...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - August 2014 (Global)

BROADCASTING - US: Following loss before the Supreme Court, Aereo “astonishes” broadcasters with new legal strategy - New York-based Aereo asserts in federal district court that it is entitled to a compulsory license...more

TCPA Reform Gains Congressional Support

Industry efforts to persuade the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) recently received support from a group of 15 members of the U.S. House of...more

The Rise of eCommerce in the GCC

Electronic commerce, or eCommerce, is rapidly expanding in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), spurred by the region’s near-universal online access, disposable income and technologically forward-thinking...more

Italian telecom authority seeks input on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable devices to communicate and share data with one another and data to be combined and used across multiple applications. However, such applications also raise relevant legal issues. The...more

New EU sanctions in relation to Ukraine

On July 18, 2014, the European Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 783/20141 which expanded the scope of individuals, entities and bodies who could be added to the list of sanctions targets. Those materially or financially...more

UK telecoms regulator issues call for input on Internet of Things

Ofcom has published a call for input, entitled "Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things", regarding issues that might affect the development of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector in the United...more

FTC Releases Staff Report on Mobile Phone Bill Cramming

On July 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a report, entitled “Mobile Cramming: An FTC Staff Report” (“Report”). The Report focuses on, and makes recommendations regarding, the mobile payment option...more

Lower Burden for Wholesalers to Prove Revenue from Resellers

As a general matter, a wholesale provider may meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) reasonable expectation standard and establish revenue from resellers in one of two ways: (1) follow all of the guidance in the...more

New Mexico Issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise its State Rural Universal Service Fund

This past Wednesday,, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)to revise New Mexico’s State Rural Universal Service Fund following numerous workshops and filings by...more

New report on telecommunications market in the EU

The European Commission has published a new report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU. The report covers the period from January 2012 to December 2013 and covers a variety of regulatory issues...more

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