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FCC's Lifeline Order

The Federal Communication Commission's recent expansion of Universal Services from supporting only voice services to broadband services (also known as the “Lifeline Broadband program”) could lead to enhanced broadband...more

FCC Proposes Streamlining Foreign-Ownership Review Process

For two decades, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has relied on an inter-agency consulting process to evaluate matters before it that potentially raise issues of national security, foreign policy and trade policy. ...more

Continuation of General License for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is extending until August 30, 2016, the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and...more

Latest Developments in US Privacy and Technology Law

This update provides a snapshot of the Senate’s vote on expansion of the FBI’s National Security Letter authority and the House’s upcoming vote on the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill as it...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Commerce Commission’s recently enacted rules that enforce “net neutrality” as to Internet Service Providers. ...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) 2015 Open Internet Order (2015 Open Internet Order), which classified broadband...more

A Close to Open Internet Challenges?

In a major victory for the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“DC Circuit”) upheld the Commission’s 2015 Open...more

Six Key Consequences of the D.C. Circuit Upholding Net Neutrality

On its third try, the Federal Communications Commission finally got the sweeping net neutrality court victory it had been seeking for years. In US Telecom v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

Indian Government Relaxes Restrictions on Foreign Direct Investment

The Indian government announced on June 20, 2016 new rules for foreign direct investment (FDI), allowing for up to 100% FDI in certain sectors, including defense and civil aviation. The changes also relax the local sourcing...more

NARUC Appeals FCC’s Lifeline Modernization Order

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (“NARUC”) has filed a petition for review with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit challenging the FCC’s decision in the Lifeline Modernization Order to...more

FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Recommends Final Rule Pursuant to Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 With Consumer Protections

On June 10, 2016, the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee recommended promulgation of a Final Rule pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, containing the following consumer protections: Calls pursuant to the exception...more

Myanmar ministries announce "100-day" plans

After a landslide victory in Myanmar’s general election held on 8 November 2015, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government took office on 30 March 2016, with U Htin Kyaw named as...more

The DC Circuit Affirms the FCC’s Open Internet Rules

The court upholds the FCC’s authority to regulate internet access services as telecommunications carriers and impose restrictions on blocking and throttling internet content....more

Both Categories 1 and 2 to be Fully Funded in FY 2016

On June 8, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet USAC’s estimated demand for both Category One services (i.e., telecommunications and Internet access)...more

DC Circuit Affirms FCC’s Open Internet Order

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected multiple Petitions for Review and upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That order reclassified wired and mobile broadband Internet access services as...more

A Big Win for Internet Consumers

On June 14, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its ruling in United States Telecom Association, et al v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America. The...more

"Third Time’s the Charm: Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Regulations"

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in a lengthy 2-1 decision denied various challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) 2015 Open Internet...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Open Internet Rules

In a 2-1 decision, the D.C. Circuit’s Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) 2015 Open Internet rules, which reclassified Broadband Internet Access Services (BIAS), including...more

Alert: DC Circuit Upholds FCC's Network Neutrality Rules

This morning, a 2-1 majority of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision upholding the 2015 Open Internet Order, which re-adopted the FCC's network neutrality rules and...more

Political Organizations File Suit Over Constitutionality of TCPA

American Association of Political Consultants, Inc. et al. v. Lynch, Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00252 (E.D.N.C., May 12, 2016). On May 12, 2016, five politically based organizations filed a suit against Loretta Lynch, in...more

Amendment to the Development of Telecom Services and Networks Support Act in Poland

On June 9, 2016, the Lower House of the Polish Parliament passed the Development of Telecom Services and Networks Support and Other Amendments Act, known as “Mega-Act Amendment”....more

Gigabit Networks: Tomorrow's Infrastructure

A century ago, our nation had two networks of wires that pretty much went everywhere. One was for electricity, and the other was for telephone calls. Both came to be seen as necessities for modern life. Today, gigabit...more

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC v. Blackberry Corp. (N.D. Tex. 2016)

Electronic Delivery of Messages Equated to U.S. Post Office Services - On May 12, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an Order in a case captioned Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC...more

Modernize TCPA, ACA International Urges in White Paper

In a new white paper, ACA International, a trade association for members of the credit and collection industry, argues that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) must be modernized to accurately reflect the current...more

May 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

TELECOM SALES AND MARKETING AGENTS GAIN CERTIFICATION IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLASS ACTION. A New York federal district court grants conditional certification of a proposed FLSA nationwide collective action brought against...more

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