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Comment Deadlines Set for FCC Rulemaking Seeking to Expedite the Team Telecom Application Review Process

As Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving quickly on efforts to expedite review of certain FCC applications, including, but not limited to, Section 214 and submarine...more

WiGig? Why Not! FCC Sets Aside Significant Unlicensed Spectrum for Deployment and Support of 5G Wireless Services in Latest...

On Thursday, July 14, the FCC adopted its “Spectrum Frontiers” Order which allocates a substantial amount of high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use to support the deployment of the “next...more

Russia’s new anti-terrorist law

On 7 July 2016 the President of the Russian Federation signed Federal Law No. 374-FZ “On Amendments to Federal Law “On Counteracting Terrorism” and to Certain Other Legal Acts of the Russian Federation with regard to...more

Alert: FCC Opens Millimeter Wave Spectrum for 5G

At a meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") opened up an enormous new swath of wireless spectrum available for use by the next generation of cutting-edge wireless technologies. The FCC's action makes the...more

Details of Mandatory Network Outage Obligations for Submarine Cable Operators Released

As we noted in a prior post, on June 24, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted new mandatory network outage reporting requirements for submarine cable licensees. The Commission’s Submarine Cable...more

Arkansas Public Service Commission Adopts Comprehensive Set of Pole Attachment Rules

On June 24, 2016, the Arkansas Public Service Commission (“Commission”) adopted a comprehensive set of new pole attachment rules that apply broadly to providers of electric, telecommunications, cable television, internet...more

Internet Service a Utility in Bankruptcy? It Might Be Now.

One of the many fascinating things about restructuring work is its willingness to evolve by borrowing from other areas of the law. Just as business practices change, new financing techniques evolve, and transactions become...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

Trial Recommended for France Telecom Top Executives for Workplace Bullying

After a seven-year inquiry into a wave of suicides at France Telecom, the Paris public prosecutor has recommended that its former chief executive and other key figures be put on trial for workplace bullying. If the trial...more

President Signs Law Charging VAT on Services Provided via the Internet

On 3 July 2016 the President of the Russian Federation signed Federal Law No. 244-FZ on Amendments to Parts One and Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation (the “Law”), which enters into force on 1 January 2017....more

Implementation of Policy Allowing Complete Foreign Ownership in E-Commerce Operations Nationwide in China

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues the First Value-Added Telecom Services License to an E-Commerce Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. Background - Historically, foreign investors were...more

Saudi Arabia Update - June 2016

Legal Developments - Vision 2030 introduces new Nitaqat - Earlier this year, the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the new reform plan, Vision 2030, which expresses Saudi Arabia's long-term goals and...more

Proposed FCC Rules for Team Telecom Review of Applications with Foreign Ownership, Shorten Timeframes, Add Burdens

The FCC recently adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing reforms to the Executive Branch “Team Telecom” review process for certain FCC applications and petitions involving foreign ownership. The NPRM seeks...more

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

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