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Ninth Circuit Affirms Orders Denying Arbitration In Two Class Action Lawsuits Against Samsung

The Ninth Circuit issued two similar opinions arising out of Samsung’s appeals of orders denying arbitration in two putative class actions filed against it. The claims against Samsung allege that the smartphone maker...more

Wireless Legislation on the Way? [Audio]

In the current divisive political climate, there’s one thing pretty much everyone can agree on – broadband infrastructure deployment is and should remain a high priority for legislators and regulators. In this special edition...more

3GPP Releases Guidance on 5G Labeling

On February 7, 2017, the Organizational Partners of the 3rd Generation Partnership (3GPP), a leading mobile standards body, released a new logo for use with products based on 5G specifications. According to 3GPP, the logo...more

FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality

Roughly two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has taken steps providing further evidence that he plans to roll back FCC actions taken under...more

CTIA Publishes New Messaging Principles and Best Practices Guidance

On January 19, 2017, CTIA issued a new guidance document developed by industry stakeholders with voluntary best practices for businesses that participate in the wireless messaging ecosystem entitled “Messaging Principles and...more

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

Property owners with cell towers on their buildings or land are routinely approached to sell their cell lease and future leasing rights, which typically sell in the range of 15 to 20 times annual revenues, sometimes...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ January 2017

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...more

Indianapolis Colts Want Class Action on Recording Conversations Moved to Home Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts mobile app is alleged by a putative class to record fans’ private conversations. In the putative class action, the named plaintiff alleges that the mobile app secretly activates the smart phone’s...more

Ninth Circuit: In-Box Arbitration Clause Not a Binding Contract

Adding more complexity to the issue of arbitration contract formation, the Ninth Circuit has rejected Samsung's attempt to compel individual arbitration of fraud claims asserted by plaintiffs in two class actions. Ruling in...more

The FCC Fines Straight Path $ 100 Million for Failing to Meet License Obligations

Last week, the Enforcement Bureau (“EB”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commision”) reached a $ 100 million Consent Decree with Straight Path Communications Inc (“Straight Path” or “The Company”) for...more

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Releases Draft Framework for Analyzing Zero-Rated and Sponsored Data Programs

On January 11, 2017, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB or Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued an informal report—“Policy Review of Mobile Broadband Operators’ Sponsored Data...more

FCC Denies TCPA Exemption for Mortgage Servicing Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied the petition filed by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) seeking an exemption from the prior express consent requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...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 Public Safety Bureau Inquires About How to Ensure 5G Network Security

Ahead of the upcoming administration change, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has continued its efforts focused on security and privacy. On December 16, 2016, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland...more

Alert: FCC Dives into Cybersecurity for Next Generation Wireless IoT Networks

The Federal Communication Commission's Bureau of Public Safety and Homeland Security has released a Notice of Inquiry ("NOI") seeking information on the best ways to secure the next generation of wireless technology, known as...more

Ohio Enacts Small Cell Deployment Measures: Limits Local Governments

On December 7, 2016, the Ohio Legislature passed Senate Bill No. 331, which, among other issues, would amend Ohio law to promote the prompt deployment of small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (“DAS”) by significantly...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

Alert: What is Really Going on with the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction?

If you follow the broadcast or wireless industries, you know that the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") is conducting the world's first dual-sided spectrum auction. In the auction, television broadcasters participate...more

Rhode Island Wants to be the First State to Offer 5G; Releases RFI

The state of Rhode Island plans to be the first state to test and launch next generation 5G networks, seeking to make 5G available to all of its communities. This past week, Governor Gina Raimondo announced a joint effort by...more

How Do I Sell My Cell Lease?

Selling a cell lease and future leasing rights for the site in question usually involves three steps. First, deciding whether you want to sell. Often the first question to ask is whether you can take the money from a...more

Something for Everyone? Pre-election FCC Draft Business Data Service Fact Sheet Leaves No One Entirely Happy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has released an October 7, 2016 “Fact Sheet” summarizing key points of his draft Business Data Service (“BDS”) Reform Order to regulate the leased, dedicated high capacity circuits that are used for...more

Know Before You Go: Federal Standards and Pre-Application Research [Audio]

Tune in to Episode 1 of this (free!) podcast series – a must-listen for wireless siting professionals who want to establish best practices for getting their wireless sites approved. Join attorneys Leslie Moylan and Dan Reing...more

New FCC and Administration Initiatives Adopted to Support the Internet of Things

The Federal Communications Commission and the Obama administration recently adopted several important initiatives to facilitate innovation in and rapid deployment of the nascent Internet of Things (IoT). The FCC identified...more

As Consumers Flock Towards Connected Cars, The Wireless Industry Benefits

It is no secret that consumers are increasingly focused on connected cars. In a survey of consumers by Accenture, over 50% of consumers surveyed were already using some connected car services, 57% of those surveyed would like...more

FCC Fines Non-Telecom Companies for Lapse in Compliance with Wireless Rules

FCC Fines Non-Telecom Companies for Lapse in Compliance with Wireless Rules August 19, 2016 The enforcement action highlights the importance of complying with FCC rules with respect to their wireless facilities and devices....more

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