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This Changes Everything: The FCC Open Internet Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order

I. Not Your Father’s Broadband - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on March 12, 2015, released a new template for future regulation of a basket of mass market retail services it has named “broadband Internet...more

The FCC Just Upped the Ante for Communications Providers and the FTC with a $25 Million Fine, a Detailed Information Security...

The FCC has been warning communications companies for months that protecting consumer privacy and information security is a top priority, and the recent announcement of a $25 million settlement with AT&T over its alleged...more

Oklahoma Commission Revises Universal Service Rules

On March 12, 2015, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) adopted revisions to its rules relating to administration of federal and state universal service programs, including Lifeline. While the revisions generally consist...more

California Updates Existing Utility Pole Rules to Improve Safety and Reliability

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) released a unanimous decision amending the rules governing design, construction, and maintenance of outdoor overhead power and communication lines. The 16 amendments are...more

FCC urged to clarify TCPA regulations for sake of companies and consumers

“We can’t paint all legitimate companies with the brush that every call from a private company is a form of harassment. It is time for the [Federal Communications Commission (FCC)] to act to provide clear rules of the road...more

Alert: FCC Continues Aggressive Action on Data Breaches

As noted in previous alerts, the FCC has dramatically increased its enforcement of data security practices and breaches resulting from what the FCC considers to be inadequate security measures. ...more

Alert: How businesses can prepare for the Russian data protection law

In July 2014 President Putin approved Federal Law No. 242-FZ ("On Amendments to Certain Laws of the Russian Federation in Order to Clarify the Procedure for Personal Data Processing in Information and Telecommunications...more

Northwest Missouri Holdings, Inc. and Three Affiliates File Bankruptcy

On April 6, 2015, Northwest Missouri Holdings, Inc. and three affiliates, filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in Delaware. The three affiliates are Oregon Farmers Mutual Long Distance Inc., The Oregon Farmers Mutual...more

What is Your Privacy Worth?

$29 per month, according to AT&T. The telecommunications giant launched its high-speed internet service, GigaPower, in Cupertino, California this week.  GigaPower boasts network speeds so fast that users can “download...more

New FCC Rules on CPNI Will Impact ISP’s and Businesses Who Rely on Internet Tracking Data

By now, most people know that in its recent Open Internet Order adopted on February 26, 2015, the FCC reclassified internet access services as common carrier “telecommunications services” subject to FCC jurisdiction under the...more

Update: Germany's Draft Bill on IT Security

On March 20, 2015, the revised bill to increase the security of IT systems (the "Draft Bill")was first read in the German Bundestag. As contemplated in the White & Case Technology Newsflash of August 2014, the overarching...more

Australia’s New Mandatory Data Retention Law

Last week, Australia became the latest country to pass a mandatory data retention law. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2015, which amends Australia’s Telecommunications...more

Telecom Trade Associations Seek Reconsideration of FCC’s New “Treble Damages” Forfeiture Policy

Reacting to last month’s Policy Statement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), trade associations representing a spectrum of telecommunications providers filed a joint Petition for Reconsideration and for a stay of...more

The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...more

Net Neutrality: An obstacle to the Internet of Things?

The decision of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the “net neutrality” principle raised concerns by European authorities that declared their intent to adopt a different solution. And this happens in a...more

The Pirate Bay blocked in Portugal

A recent Intellectual Property Court decision in Portugal determined that the main telecommunications operators have until the end of March to block the access of its users to The Pirate Bay domains, either through its main...more

FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council Working Group Issues Final Report on Cybersecurity Best...

A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) working group, Cybersecurity Risk Management and Best Practices Working Group 4 (WG4), of the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) advisory...more

Middle East – Telecoms Tegulatory Round-Up

Eamon Holley of DLA Piper briefly reviews some key developments in four Gulf telecoms markets during 2014 and looks to what might lie ahead in 2015. Bahrain - Bahrain’s TRA has a reputation for being a dynamic and...more

Communications Industry Advisory Committee to FCC Issues Major Cybersecurity Report

Wednesday the advisory committee charged by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with providing critical assistance to the communications industry with a sector-specific implementation of cybersecurity risk management...more

FCC Forbears “For Now” From Requiring Universal Service Contribution From Broadband Providers

Section 254(d) of the Act requires providers of “telecommunications services” to contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), which is used to subsidize telephone and broadband service in high-cost areas, for...more

Australia: Australia’s media deregulation plans will keep anti-siphoning laws

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has floated a proposal to scrap many of the media regulations to enable traditional broadcasters to compete with new unregulated entries into the market, such as...more

International IT Companies Face Continuing Headwinds in China

Our September 16, 2014 client alert, “Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China,” discussed efforts by the Chinese government to enforce heightened network security standards, with a particular...more

THE NETHERLANDS: New Cookie Legislation Entered Into Effect

Yesterday, the amendments to the current Dutch cookies regulation in Article 11.7a Telecommunications Act (TA) entered into force. In short, amendments provide for...more

Net Neutrality: More Winners Than Losers

On March 12, 2015, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the full text of the Net Neutrality rules it approved last month. Net Neutrality essentially means an open Internet where all traffic is equal, anyone...more

Impact of Reclassification on Pole Attachments

The Order recognizes that the deployment of communications networks and broadband infrastructure depends heavily on access to utility poles on reasonable rates, terms and conditions. Accordingly, the Order declined to...more

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