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Simplified rules to notify the number of channels

The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) simplified the obligation to notify the number of channels and the coverage area which is necessary for AGCOM to assess the compliance with the anti-concentration thresholds...more

International Tax News - June 2014

NEW FOR SUPPLIERS OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND INTANGIBLES: DLA PIPER’S GLOBAL VAT GUIDE - Starting January 1, 2015, EU VAT rules for suppliers of digital content, telecommunications and broadcasting services are changing....more

When It Comes to Net Neutrality, No One’s Neutral

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to open for public debate new rules designed to guarantee an open internet. The FCC’s Democratic chairman boldly proclaimed: “This agency supports an Open...more

A new test for Mexico’s structural changes: antitrust reform – key points in one chart

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has signed a bill formalizing the implementation of important amendments to the Mexican Constitution that primarily cover telecommunications, media and antitrust....more

"FCC Issues Rules for First-Ever Incentive Auction of TV Broadcast Spectrum"

On June 2, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, or Commission) released rules designed to implement the first-ever incentive auction in which spectrum will be recovered from television broadcasters, who...more

CEQA Class 3 Categorical Exemptions Permitted for AT&T Installations

The First District Court of Appeal held that AT&T’s proposed installation of new utility cabinets in the City of San Francisco fell within CEQA’s Class 3 categorical exemption for the “installation of small new equipment and...more

FCC Rescinds 2010 Cost Allocation Guidance for Bundled Services

Late last Friday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released an Order rescinding prior guidance that permitted E-rate applicants to request full funding for certain bundles that included service or equipment components...more

New Chapter For Foreign Telecom Investment In Shanghai Free Trade Zone

The telecom industry has traditionally been highly regulated and restricted in terms of foreign investment in China. China tightly controls what types of telecom business including basic telecom services (BTS) and value-added...more

Ringing Regulatory Rumors: Deutsche Telekom Purportedly Agrees to Sell T-Mobile US

Reports circulated out of Japan and Germany late last week indicating Deutsche Telekom AG, owner of T-Mobile US Inc., reached a tentative agreement to sell T-Mobile to Softbank, owner of Sprint Corp. The potential merger of...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New FCC Rules Revamping Rural Telephone Rate Structures and Directing Expansion of Rural Broadband...

In a pair of opinions issued late last week, a federal appeals court in Denver affirmed in its entirety a landmark Federal Communications Commission rulemaking that expands the availability of broadband internet access in...more

Accident, Technical Failure, or Human Error? FCC's $7.5 Million Settlement with Sprint Indicates Any and All Can Lead to...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it settled a recent investigation of Sprint Corporation for failures to properly implement do-not-call requests and text-message opt-outs received from consumers. The...more

Public Comment Period Open on FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposed Rules

A few weeks ago, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler set off a firestorm when he announced the FCC would consider adopting rules that would allow cable and telephone companies to charge Internet content providers (such as Amazon,...more

Sprint Gets a Wallop of a Reminder – Company-Specific Do Not Call Lists Still Matter – $7.5 Million Record Do Not Call Consent...

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced a consent decree with Sprint Corporation for federal do not call violations. Specifically, under the terms of the agreement, Sprint will make a $7.5 million...more

"Eleventh Circuit Addresses Scope of FCPA Coverage of Activity Involving State-Controlled Business Enterprises"

On May 16, 2014, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provided the first appellate court interpretation of the reach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to conduct involving...more

2014 Summary Of New Maine Laws: State Of Maine 126th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session

In This Issue: - Overview - 2014 Summary of New Maine Laws ..User Guide ..For More Information ..Disclaimer - Overview - 126th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session ..Political Highlights ...more

DC Circuit Hears Petition Concerning Use Of Phone Call Captioning Technology For Persons With Hearing Impairments

This week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals held oral argument concerning a petition for review of FCC rules regarding the use of phone call captioning technology designed for persons with hearing impairments. Petitioner...more

Supreme Court To Decide If Local Government's Decision Is "In Writing"

In addition to addressing local-government prayer, the Supreme Court also decided to hear and answer another question impacting local governments: when a city denies a request to place a cell tower, how formally must it...more

Kodak Lives: New Jersey Jury Finds Antitrust Violation in the Aftermarkets for Maintenance of Avaya Products

On March 27, 2014, a New Jersey federal jury found that Avaya, Inc. (“Avaya”), a leading manufacturer of enterprise telephone systems, violated the federal antitrust laws by trying to eliminate competition from independent...more

Advances in technology require another look at telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals revived an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suit brought on behalf of an ex-Ford Motor Company worker, showing that courts are warming to telecommuting as an ADA accommodation. As a...more

Court Approves San Francisco's Use of Class 3 CEQA Exemption for Telecommunications Project

Opinion clarifies when projects involving the construction of hundreds of new small utility structures may be exempt from environmental review - The California Court of Appeal upheld San Francisco’s determination that...more

FCC Warns ISPs May be Regulated as Utilities

On April 30, 2014, Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") warned major players in the broadband cable and telecommunications industry that the FCC is willing to resort to reclassifying...more

New Public Consultation on broadcasting and investment obligations for on demand services

The Italian Communication Authority (AGCOM) published a consultationon a draft regulation relating to broadcasting and investment obligations for on demand audiovisual media services. The draft subject to consultation is...more

Court of Appeal Green Lights AT&T “Lightspeed” Project’s Utility Boxes

A neighborhood association’s challenge to AT&T’s proposal to install 726 metal utility boxes housing telecommunications equipment on San Francisco sidewalks was rejected by the California Court of Appeal. At this time the...more

Liberty Media Enters into Voting Agreement with Comcast to Facilitate Comcast / Charter Transaction

Liberty Media Corporation ("Liberty") (Nasdaq: LMCA, LMCB) today announced that it has entered into a Voting Agreement with Comcast Corporation ("Comcast") (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) to facilitate the consummation of a series of...more

A CTO’s Views On How To Combat Hackers & Cybercriminals

In this article, I delve into the views and opinions of a chief technology officer of a telecommunications company to understand important steps a company can take to combat hackers and cyber-criminals....more

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