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Managing global telecom supply chains – What telecommunications companies need to know about trade control laws

Maintaining a global supply chain brings its share of commercial, financial, and regulatory risks. Increasingly, telecommunications companies with global operations and suppliers are finding that U.S. trade control laws...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

Class Action Quarterly Update - Fall 2016

Class action filings during the fall of 2016 continued to be dominated by Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases. As of October 1, 2016, nearly 150 cases have been filed; these filings are both daily in frequency...more

California PUC Adopts Safety Enforcement Citation Program

On Dec. 1, 2016, the California PUC (CPUC) unanimously adopted Resolution SED-3, which implements a safety enforcement citation program for communications infrastructure providers (CIPs) including CLECs, cable operators,...more

FCC Clarifies Lifeline Obligations for High-Cost ETCs

In a brief Order released last Friday, the Wireline Competition Bureau clarified that recipients of high-cost funding were not required to create any standalone Lifeline-specific broadband service offerings. After the...more

EU court strikes down security legislation over privacy concerns

A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) imposes restrictions on the use by member states’ law enforcement and national security agencies of telecommunication traffic and location records as...more

Draft legislation to affect China cloud services market access

On 25 November 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s telecommunications and Internet regulator, issued a draft Circular on Regulating Business Activities in the Cloud Services Market for public...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due on or Before February 1, 2017

Please be reminded of the upcoming due dates for the Reports listed below: - Form 499-Q Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - Carriers and providers of interstate and international telecommunications,...more

State AGs seek to intervene in CFPB enforcement action to modify settlement terms

The Attorneys General for the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, and Vermont recently took the unusual step of filing a joint motion to intervene to modify the settlement terms of a CFPB enforcement action....more

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!! — DOJ and SEC Make 2016 a Record Year for FCPA Enforcement (Part I of III)

We begin the New Year with a three-part series on the FCPA: (1) A review of FCPA enforcement in 2016; (2) Trends from 2016 FCPA enforcement; and (3) Predictions for FCPA enforcement in 2017....more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ December 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes:...more

Spectrum Powering the Internet of Things

Leaders from the public and private sectors recently analyzed the relationship between federal spectrum policy and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the Fifth Annual Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum. In a...more

New Outage and Call Completion Requirements in California

On December 27, 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued its 180-page plus final decision in its rural call completion proceeding (R.14-05-012). The decision passed at the December 15 CPUC business...more

Failure To Seek Preliminary Injunctive Relief Supports Motion To Dismiss And Renders Appeal Academic

On December 21, 2016, the Appellate Division, Second Department, rendered yet another decision whereby an appeal was dismissed “as academic” on the grounds that during the pendency of the appeal, the land use development...more

FCC’s Broad Disabilities Access Authority and Requirements

Last week the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Media Bureau released a Public Notice (Notice) seeking comment on a petition for limited waiver of the Commission’s rules filed by Honda Motor Company...more

EU Competition Newsletter - December 2016

Single Market Withdrawal: A New Challenge to Brexit for the UK Government - Should Parliament have a say over whether Britain could remain in the European Economic Area?...more

FCC Allows Wireless Carriers and Device Manufacturers to Replace Text Telephony with Real-Time Text Technology

On December 15, 2016, at the last Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Open Meeting under Chairman Tom Wheeler’s tenure, the Commission voted unanimously to adopt a Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice...more

Radio spectrum: surging demand drives the need to understand regulation

The pace of innovation for wireless products and services over the past decade or so has been breathtaking. Since the introduction of the iPhone – less than 10 years ago – near-ubiquitous mobile networks have developed to...more

Reminder: FCC Service Provider Hearing Aid Compatibility Report Due January 17, 2017

FCC Form 655 – Service Provider Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report - All providers of digital commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) in the United States must file, by midnight January 17, 2017,* FCC Form 655...more

FTC Issues National Do Not Call Data Book for Companies

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the National Do Not Call Registry (the Registry) Data Book (Data Book) for Fiscal Year 2016 last week. The Registry is used by consumers to choose not to receive telemarketing calls....more

Advanced Care Scripts Settles Pending TCPA Class Action for $9.25 Million

Earlier this month, a Louisiana federal judge granted final approval of a $9.25 million settlement between Advanced Care Scripts Inc. (Advanced Care) and a class of plaintiffs—led by Jefferson Radiation Oncology LLC...more

Chairman Wheeler to Leave FCC Jan. 20

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he will resign effective January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day. With Commissioner Rosenworcel unlikely to be confirmed for a new term, this would leave the FCC with two Republicans...more

New Textalyzer App May Eliminate Distracted Driving

New York lawmakers have proposed to give police officers a new device called a Textalyzer to help reduce the high number of distracted driving accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. In Chicago, a car...more

Wireless Shot Clock Decision Emphasizes Need for Meaningful Remedy

A recent decision by a federal district court in New York revealed the need for further action by the FCC or Congress to speed the deployment of wireless services demanded by consumers. In Up State Tower Co., LLC v. Town of...more

Webinar Recording: FCC’s New Privacy Rules (Part 2)

The FCC adopted new privacy and security rules for telecommunications carriers—including ISPs—on October 27. In this second of two webinars in DWT’s series examining the rules, DWT experts analyzed the core Notice and Choice...more

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