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FCC and FTC Issue MOU for Continued Cooperation on Consumer Protection Matters

On November 16, the FCC and the FTC executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on continued cooperative efforts to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive acts and practices involving telecommunications services. In an...more

Bureau of Indian Affairs New Rights-of-Way Rules Provide Clarity and Certainty to Communications Providers

With both Congress and the Administration focused on streamlining federal permitting and promoting Dig Once policies, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published updated rules for access to...more

Unsubscribe Problems Nets Telecommunications Provider Under Anti-spam Law

November 20, 2015 the CRTC announced that Rogers Media Inc had paid $200,000 as part of an undertaking to resolve alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL)....more

Technological Change and Economic Growth

Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Zynga, Airbnb, Uber etc etc. These are all companies that have come from nowhere and are now market leaders in an increasingly mobile and digital world. They have built their brands and...more

TCPA Connect - November 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Conducts Workshop on Consumer Protection Issues in Lead Generation - On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a full-day public workshop to explore consumer protection issues...more

FCC Proposes New Rules Governing Hearing Aid Compatible Telephones

The FCC issued on Oct.30, 2015 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would update several rules governing hearing aid compatible (HAC) telephones and handsets. The proposed rules apply to manufactures, including, for the first...more

"FCC Regulatory Initiatives May Spur Foreign Investment in Broadcast and Telecom Entities"

Recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) and Obama administration initiatives may help to spur foreign investment in U.S. entities holding broadcast, telecommunications and other licenses issued by the...more

What you need to know about Hong Kong Competition Law (Part 4) - The Merger Rule and the Telco Rule

The implementation of the new Competition Ordinance (Chapter 619 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the Competition Ordinance) on 14 December 2015 will mark the first time that Hong Kong has had a general and cross-sector competition...more

The Clock is Ticking – Comment Deadlines Set for FCC’s Submarine Cable Network Outage Reporting Rulemaking

As Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rules that would impose on submarine cable system licensees, and possibly users, network outage reporting obligations...more

Third Circuit Gives TCPA Autodialer Plaintiffs Staying Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to apply the Federal Communications Commission’s declaratory ruling that expanded the notion of what constitutes an...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: September/October

On 11 September, TeliaSonera and Telenor have abandoned the proposed merger of their business units in Denmark. The contemplated transaction would have resulted in the establishment of a joint venture active in the provision...more

Legal and regulatory update

Consumer Rights Act - The main provisions of the Consumer Rights Act relating to goods, digital content, services and unfair contract terms and notices came into force on 1 October 2015. ...more

What's the FCC's "Capacity"?

Most attorneys involved in consumer finance litigation are aware the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with implementing and enforcing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Although the FCC's duties...more

Third Circuit Allows Putative TCPA Class Action to Proceed, Citing FCC Ruling

On October 23, 2015, the Third Circuit vacated a summary judgment decision in Yahoo, Inc.’s favor based on a recent Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) order that expanded the definition of an “autodialer” under the...more

Key Takeaways from the Consumer Protection Forum

Holland & Knight and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) hosted a half-day forum that featured government officials discussing hot-button issues in consumer protection regulation and enforcement. Speakers at the...more

FTC Announces Proposed Settlement with Telecommunications Company for Alleged FCRA Violations

On October 21, the FTC announced a $2.95 million settlement with a telecommunications company for alleged violations of the FCRA. According to the FTC, the company violated the FCRA’s Risk-Based Pricing Rule by failing to...more

FCC May Ease the Way for Foreign Investment in Telecommunications Industry

The FCC seeks public input on how it can change the rules that limit direct and indirect foreign ownership in media and telecommunications companies to reduce barriers to foreign sources of capital without compromising...more

Worth the Wait? After Thirty-Six Years, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Takes Comprehensive Action on Pole...

On October 21, 2015, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) adopted a comprehensive set of pole attachment rules (hereinafter “Pole Attachment Rules”), following a year-and-a-half-long rulemaking and...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Has Challenges, Opportunities for U.S. Companies

The U.S. and its 11 negotiating partners – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam – reached preliminary agreement on October 5, 2015, on the Trans-Pacific...more

CIA Director’s email account hacked

An anonymous hacker has contacted the New York Post to explain how he was able to hack into the CIA Director’s AOL email account. According to several reports, a high school student and his two friends implemented social...more

Important Changes to Byzantine Cuban Assets Control Regulations

For over 50 years, the ability to travel to Cuba and do business or trade with Cuban nationals has been governed by a byzantine set of regulations administered by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control...more

FERC Issues Final Rule Streamlining Market-Based Rate Policies and Procedures

On October 16, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 816, a Final Rule streamlining its requirements for authorization to make wholesale sales of electric energy, capacity and ancillary...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Product Liability PART 4: Government Oversight

The exponential growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is far outpacing the ability of stakeholders to address safety standards and security concerns. This is not unusual as rapidly developing technology often challenges...more

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