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Annual CPNI Certifications Due March 1, 2016

It’s time again for carriers to submit the annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) certification to the FCC. Telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers are required to certify annually their...more

Hold the Phone! Obtaining Prior Consent under the TCPA Before Calling/Texting/Faxing Consumers

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) impacts any business that contacts consumers by phone, text or fax. Among other things, it limits the ability to place calls and send texts to consumers using an automatic...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and...more

Reminder: FCC Annual CPNI Compliance Certifications Due March 1, 2016

The deadline applies to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers. Annual customer proprietary network information (CPNI) certifications are due March 1, 2016, for the period covering January 1...more

Interconnected VoIP Providers Can Secure Telephone Numbers From NANPA Starting February 18

The Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC issued a Public Notice on February 4, 2016 announcing that beginning February 18, 2016 the Bureau will accept applications from interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone...more

CFPB Enforcement Update

This update analyzes the trends and patterns in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s publicly available enforcement actions. Leveraging the analysis in our December 2014 White Paper, CFPB Enforcement by the Numbers...more

FCC Releases 2016 Broadband Progress Report

According to the Federal Communications Commission, 90 percent of Americans have access to broadband Internet access service at the FCC’s benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads/3 Mbps for uploads. But the FCC also found...more

New Telecom Carrier Pole Attachment Rates Will Become Effective March 4

The FCC’s modification to the telecommunications carrier pole attachment rate formula have been published in the Federal Register and are set to take effect on March 4, 2016. As we reported in December, the FCC issued an...more

"OFAC and BIS Ease Cuba Restrictions With New Amendments"

On January 27, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) further eased U.S. sanctions and export control regulations...more

What Is the ADA and Why Should You Care About It?

The Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA, is considered one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. Passed in 1990 and amended in 2008, the ADA attempts to...more

Reminder: Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) Annual Officer Certification Due March 1, 2016

Please be reminded of the upcoming due date for the Report listed below: - Section 64.2009(e) - Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) Annual Certification - Section 64.2009(e) requires that all...more

The Delaware Competes Act Signed Into Law

This week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law HB 235, otherwise known as the Delaware Competes Act of 2016. HB 235 was passed by the Delaware State House of Representatives on January 14, 2016 and the Delaware...more

Encryption: The Battle Between Privacy and Counterterrorism

For privacy advocates, it is universally accepted that encryption is a very good thing. After all, encrypted data is deemed a safe harbor under HIPAA and state breach-notification laws, providing an “out” from potential fines...more

Scammers Up the Ante With Caller ID Spoofing

Good grief. You can’t even trust your phone’s caller ID feature nowadays. Scam artists have learned to manipulate the caller ID function on your phones as part of a ploy to steal your personal information and/or your money....more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

FCC Clears Path for U.S. Telecom Companies to Provide Services to Cuba

The Federal Communications Commission recently removed Cuba from its "Exclusion List," allowing telecommunications companies to offer telephone and internet services between the United States and Cuba without separate...more

California Supreme Court Denies BOE Petition for Review in Lucent Technologies

Last week, the California Supreme Court denied the State Board of Equalization’s (BOE’s) petition for review in Lucent Technologies, Inc. v. State Bd. of Equalization, No. S230657 (petition for review denied Jan. 20, 2016)....more

PEG Fees Set by Ordinance Under California Video Franchise Law Are Not Taxes Subject to Prop. 26

State AG Opinion Could Positively Impact Many Local Governments - The referendum requirements of Proposition 26 do not apply to public, educational and governmental access fees established by local ordinance pursuant to...more

Spies, Hacking & Civil Liberties in the UK

In late 2015, Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary introduced the Investigatory Powers Bill (the “Bill”). Mrs May stated that the Bill was introduced to ensure that surveillance laws are “modern, fit for purpose and can...more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

Two bills amending the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) intended to benefit consumers are making their way through Congress. H.R. 4172, "The Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2015," has bipartisan support, although it is...more

China’s MIIT Issues Long-Awaited New Telecoms Catalogue

More than twelve years after the promulgation in 2003 of the Catalogue of Telecommunications Services; the “2003 Catalogue”) China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) finally promulgated the amended...more

"Communications: 2016 Could Be Defining Year for Net Neutrality, Spectrum Auction"

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed in on two historic accomplishments. After years of laying the groundwork, the FCC issued its net neutrality regulations as well as final rules and opening bid...more

Ontario Court Finds Cellphone Tower “Metadata” is Private

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Court) recently ruled in R. v. Rogers Communications that broad cellphone “tower dump” production orders are unconstitutional as unreasonable seizures under section 8 of the Charter of...more

"CFIUS Trends Inform Cross-Border Activity"

In a reflection of current M&A activity, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) cases have shifted in their geographic and industry focuses over the years, from the United Kingdom and other locations to...more

New Case Filing – Chapter 15 – PT Holdco, Inc.

PT Holdco, Inc. and four of its affiliates, including Primus Telecommunications Canada, Inc., which resell residential and business telecommunications services, have commenced cases (Lead Case No. 16-10131 (LSS)) under...more

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