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California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

DC Circuit Vacates FCC Ruling on Access Charges for CLEC-Partners of Over-the-Top VoIP Service Providers

Much like Freddy Kruger, the legal battles between ILECs and CLECs over reciprocal compensation simply refuse to die. The most recent flare-up of this long-running war was last Friday’s ruling by D.C. Circuit Judge Stephen...more

FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order: Dead on Arrival?

The Federal Communications Commission recently released an order containing new privacy protections for customers of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers, which was adopted by a 3-2 vote along partisan lines. In...more

FCC Imposes Privacy Restrictions on Broadband Providers…For Now

As he rushes to accomplish his list of objectives before the change in administrations, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was able to cross one off that list last week. For the first time, the FCC imposed privacy requirements on...more

New FCC Privacy Rules for Broadband and Voice Providers

In an order issued November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission for the first time imposed privacy requirements on providers of broadband internet access services (“BIAS”). The much-anticipated order was an...more

Alert: FCC Releases Sweeping Privacy Order

The Federal Communications Commission has released a 177-page order detailing new privacy and data security rules. It is important to note that these new rules not only apply to providers of broadband internet access service...more

California Expands Service Quality Regulations

Not only is the weather changing, but so are service rules in sunny California. In Aug. 2016, the California Public Utilities Commissions (CPUC) issued Decision (D.) 16-08-021 in its service quality docket, Rulemaking...more

FCC Releases Third Biennial Report to Congress on Communications Accessibility for People with Disabilities

On October 7, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the third iteration of its Biennial Report to Congress on the state of communications technology accessibility for people with disabilities as required...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

NIST Recommends Against SMS as Second Authentication Factor

On July 29, Paul Grassi, the Senior Standards and Technology Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) posted an unusual blog regarding the new draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital...more

Legal Alert: Voice Over Internet Protocol and the TCPA:  The Hidden Pothole on the Information Super Highway

Since the enactment of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991, technological advances in the way people communicate have often outpaced the ability of the courts and the Federal Communications Commission to...more

FCC Updates Some Network Outage Reporting Rules; Seeks Comment on Other Issues Including Broadband and Possible Expansion of VoIP...

More than a year after seeking comment on proposed revisions to its communications network outage reporting (NOR) requirements, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released an Order. (The proposed...more

FCC Reminds Broadband Providers of Disabilities Access Duties

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has long-required regulated telecommunications service providers (as well as VoIP providers) and equipment manufacturers to make their services and devices accessible...more

TCPA Connect - March 2016

Prior Express Consent Exists When Cellphone Number Is Shared With Intermediary - Joining other federal appellate courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that prior consent that is provided indirectly to...more

Reminder: FCC Form 499-A Worksheet and Annual Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certification Filings Due April 1, 2016

Please be reminded of the upcoming due date for the Reports listed below: - Form 499-A Annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - All intrastate, interstate and international providers of telecommunications...more

Annual CPNI Certifications Due March 1, 2016

It’s time again for carriers to submit the annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) certification to the FCC. Telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers are required to certify annually their...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2016; Upcoming Open Internet Rules Will Soon Expand CPNI-Type Obligations to...

This is to remind our clients that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules require every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony, and even paging and...more

Reminder: FCC Annual CPNI Compliance Certifications Due March 1, 2016

The deadline applies to all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers. Annual customer proprietary network information (CPNI) certifications are due March 1, 2016, for the period covering January 1...more

Interconnected VoIP Providers Can Secure Telephone Numbers From NANPA Starting February 18

The Wireline Competition Bureau of the FCC issued a Public Notice on February 4, 2016 announcing that beginning February 18, 2016 the Bureau will accept applications from interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone...more

IP Newsflash - January 2016

SUPREME AND FEDERAL COURT CASES - U.S. Supreme Court Denies Writ to Overturn Application of the Kessler Doctrine - The U.S. Supreme Court denied software developer’s SpeedTrack writ to overturn the Federal...more

Back-Up Battery Obligations Take Effect Feb. 16, 2016

The FCC’s Battery Back-up Order takes effect on Feb. 16, 2016. The Order requires all facilities-based VoIP providers with more than 100,000 U.S. customer lines to provide customers the option to purchase battery backup power...more

German Court: Google’s Gmail Is a Regulated Telecoms Service

For the past five years, Google and the German telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA), have been arguing whether Google’s email service Gmail qualifies as a telecommunications...more

FCC Expands Hearing Aid Compatibility Rules to Wi-Fi Calling and VoIP and Proposes Compatibility for All Handsets

On November 19, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted a Fourth Report and Order (R&O) and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), expanding its hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rules to cover...more

FCC issues supplementary information clarifying TCPA robocall rules

We previously reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Omnibus Order on July 10, 2015 regarding the rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), specifically...more

FCC Announces Regulatory Fees Due for FY 2015

The FCC has released its annual Report and Order showing the regulatory fees due for the 2015 fiscal year. The fees must be received by the FCC by 11:59 PM EDT on September 24, 2015. The FCC’s electronic payment system is...more

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