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Lessons from the Historic ZTE Enforcement Action

On March 7, 2017, Chinese telecommunications company, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corp. (ZTE), signed on to three separate settlement agreements with the United States, agreeing to pay $892 million for violations...more

Can You Hear Me Now? South Carolina Department of Revenue Issues Guidance on Taxation of Communication Services

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (the “Department”) issued guidance earlier this month, in South Carolina Revenue Ruling 17-2, to update a comprehensive discussion concerning how communication services are taxed. Up...more

Brexit ahead for TMT …8 months on

Eight months ago, just before the Referendum, I anticipated the implications of a Leave vote for the sector. Today sees the publication of the first results of the Hogan Lovells "Brexometer", which will track the attitudes of...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

Court Rules in FTC’s Favor on “Common Carrier” Status in Cramming Case

On an issue that takes on new-found importance after FTC v. AT&T Mobility, a federal court in Montana granted summary judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a case alleging that the defendants violated the...more

Hook Me Up: Established and Start-up Competitive Providers Find Common Ground Discussing Broadband Deployment Issues

Consumers today expect high-speed access to content, anytime, anywhere. We often take for granted the ability to leave home, head to work, and travel to many cities, or even across the country, without losing the ability to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

White Collar Watch dates itself considerably with its Perry Mason allusion, but its bigger point is an interesting one–good luck finding a true “gotcha” moment when dealing with what are “quintessentially offenses of the...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse An - Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #2

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: The shift to non-core infrastructure-who’s investing where?

HEADLINES -   - Between 2010 and 2016, more than half (53 per cent) of all non-core infrastructure investment was made by infrastructure funds - In value terms, transport (41 per cent) and power (28 per cent)...more

Post-Election Update on Cuba

New Administration’s Cuba Policy Plans - Prior to President Trump’s inauguration, and in an effort to continue normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, President Obama ended the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy which since 1995 has...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: Six steps to non-core infrastructure success

Infrastructure funds are increasing their capital allocations to non-core sectors, although in doing so they will need to take on increased risk and operate outside an established regulatory environment. There are six steps...more

Crossing the Border with Electronics - Helpful Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid

International travelers have been reporting that cell phones, computers, and other communication devices are being seized by Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) branch of the U.S. Department of...more

ZTE Settlement Highlights Broad Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls to Non-U.S. Companies

On March 7, U.S. authorities settled criminal and civil proceedings involving Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and certain of its affiliates ("ZTE"). ZTE is the largest publicly traded telecommunications...more

Annual and Quarterly FCC International Reports Due March 31, 2017

Annual Section 43.62(b) International Circuit Capacity Report - Each year the FCC collects data regarding capacity held on international terrestrial, satellite and submarine cable facilities, the status of the circuits,...more

FCC Adopts Framework for $4.53B Mobility Fund Phase II

After some months of delay, the FCC has launched the second phase in its plans to provide significant subsidies over the next decade to fund the expansion of mobile wireless services to unserved rural areas of the country....more

California Public Employees' Personal Accounts May Be Subject to Public Records Act Requests

In City of San Jose v. Superior Court, No. S218066 (Cal. Mar. 2, 2017), the Supreme Court of California decided unanimously that communications made or stored on a public employee's personal account, including emails sent...more

Mexico Judicial Criteria Issued for Telecommunications Antitrust and Preponderance

One of the purposes of the 2013 Amendment to the Mexican Constitution was to promote competition in telecommunications and broadcasting services. As part of the reform, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto...more

Reminder: FCC Form 499-A Worksheet and Annual Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certification Filings Due April 3, 2017

Form 499-A Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - All intrastate, interstate and international providers of telecommunications within the United States, including, but not limited to, VoIP providers,...more

Samsung Shut Out Of Arbitration In Recent Consumer Class Actions

Two federal circuit courts of appeals have recently found that documents Samsung included in boxes with consumer products did not effectively create an arbitration agreement. In both cases, the documents had titles...more

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a...more

ZTE Is Assessed $1.19 Billion in Penalties for Criminal and Civil Violations of Export Control and Economic Sanctions Laws and...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. government announced that China's Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and its affiliate, ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively "ZTE"), have agreed to a global settlement...more

Yahoo Breaches Cost Shareholders $350 Million From Lowered Purchase Price, CEO Forfeits $14 Million in Compensation

Yahoo’s troubles for failing to timely disclose security breaches provides rare insight into quantifying the financial and other costs to a company’s shareholders and leadership when a security breach occurs and is...more

"US Announces Record-Setting Penalties for Violations of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions"

On March 7, 2017, the United States announced that China’s Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. and their respective affiliates (collectively, ZTE) had agreed to a record...more

FCC Stay of Broadband Privacy Rules Foreshadows Deregulatory Measures

As anticipated, the Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission are taking steps to pare down the 2016 Broadband Privacy Order now that they are in the majority. The FCC has released an order staying the data...more

Reminder: FCC Accessibility Recordkeeping Certification Required by April 1, 2017

Through a recent Public Notice, the FCC reminded entities that provide traditional telecommunications services, interconnected VoIP, advanced communications services (ACS) (which includes non-interconnected VoIP, electronic...more

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