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FCC Launches Proceeding to Examine 911 Capabilities of Enterprise-Based 911 Services on Multi-Line Telephone Systems

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCC intends to launch a new proceeding to examine issues related to 911 capabilities of enterprise-based 911 services provided over multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) and IP-based systems (collectively referred to as...more

FCC Issues Order to Modernize Common Carrier Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 8, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an order to update and remove regulations that the FCC determined “no longer reflect current requirements or technology” from the Code of Federal...more

Reminder: Quarterly FCC International Reports

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

FCC Quarterly Section 63.10(c)(2) International Traffic and Revenue Report - All carriers authorized to provide international communications service and classified as dominant must file a quarterly report detailing traffic...more

FCC Announces Annual Regulatory Fee Deadline, Gives Break to Small Market Radio Stations and Stations in Hurricane-Affected Areas

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Breaking News: Moments before the release of this post, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing an extension of time to the end of the government’s fiscal year for regulatory fee payors in areas affected by Hurricanes...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional - Agosto - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de agosto destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Prácticas desleales, Propiedad Intelectual, MIPyMEs y Arbitraje de Inversión....more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Fast and furious? Connected cars, jamming, and the battle for spectrum

by Hogan Lovells on

Times are changing in the automotive industry, and changing fast. In this hoganlovells.com interview, Washington, D.C.-based Hogan Lovells partner Ari Fitzgerald talks about the challenges facing car manufacturers as they...more

Recertification and Non-Usage Rules Temporarily Waived for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Following Hurricane...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau has granted temporary waivers of the Lifeline non-usage and recertification rules to help the more than 1.1 million Lifeline customers in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Are EU regulations on Union-wide roaming services applicable to IoT connectivity services?

by DLA Piper on

Many regulations and related guidelines have been adopted during 2017's first semester in relation to roaming services. However, it is not very clear whether connected devices and related IoT connectivity services fall within...more

Smallsat Companies Form Trade Association To Address Issues Facing The Smallsat Community

by Hogan Lovells on

At the annual Smallsat conference in Logan, Utah, the Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) held its first meeting since legally forming earlier this month. A number of well-known smallsat operators and...more

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees Due September 26, 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees - Most Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees annually to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public...more

Reminder: Network Outage Reporting Obligations for Communications Service Providers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

With communications networks still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey and with further network disruptions expected as Hurricane Irma makes landfall, we provide this brief reminder of the network outage reporting...more

Congressional Preview - Fall 2017

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but the August recess is coming to an end and Congress returns next week to resume work on a number of outstanding issues, as the Trump Administration continues to aggressively implement the...more

Securus Technologies, Inc. vs. Global Tel*Link Corp. (PTAB 2017)

Telecommunication Call Processing System Held to Be Eligible for Covered Business Method (CBM) Patent Review - On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision...more

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment - Local Governments May Be Impacted; Comments Due Thursday

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As part of the preparation of its annual “Section 706” report, the Federal Communications Commission recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to...more

Tales from the Corporate Scandal Crypt: GM, VimpelCom, VW and Wells Fargo

by Michael Volkov on

We are fascinated by corporate scandals. Since the 1980s, the US public has enjoyed unraveling corporate scandals, and vilifying corporate leaders caught in the web of deceit and misconduct. I am sure there are historical...more

Privacy Tip #103 – Smartphone Replacement Parts Subject to Hacking

You drop your smartphone and now there are a million cracks and you can hardly read your texts. Getting the screen replaced by the manufacturer of the phone is usually expensive and sometimes it is so expensive that it makes...more

Telecom Carriers to Block Spoofed Calls From Reaching Consumers

by Carlton Fields on

On August 3, the FCC proposed an $82 million fine against a company and its individual owner/operator for making millions of illegally spoofed “robocalls” to consumers across the country. According to the FCC News Release,...more

Louisville One-Touch Make-Ready Ordinance Survives AT&T’s Challenge in Federal District Court

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On August 16, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky granted summary judgment in favor of the Louisville Metro Council to uphold the city’s recently-enacted ordinance amendments providing for...more

UPDATE: August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Announces Comment Deadlines for Proposed Changes to Broadband Data Collection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On August 24, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) published in the Federal Register its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that explores ways to improve the value of data,...more

Communications Service Providers Asked to Adopt the FCC CSRIC Guidance on Signaling System 7 Vulnerability Reduction

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a Public Notice (“Notice”) urging communications service providers to review and assess how they can incorporate the recommendations from Communications...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Upper 700 MHz A Block Licensees’ Request for an Extension of Network Build-out Requirements

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC is seeking comments on a request to extend the build-out deadlines for several Upper 700 MHz A Block licensees. Under current rules, Upper 700 MHz A block spectrum licensees must satisfy network build-out obligations...more

Hogan Lovells supports Vodafone Group in its 2017 Law Enforcement Disclosure Statement

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Earlier this year Vodafone Group (“Vodafone“) published an update to its Law Enforcement Disclosure Statement (“Statement“), including an annexe summarizing law enforcement and encryption laws in 28 countries. The Statement...more

NAFTA Renegotiations – Are You Prepared for Changes in Supply Chain Operations and Market Growth Planning?

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 16, 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). According to reports, the negotiations are scheduled to be expedited in an effort to be complete...more

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