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July FCC Meeting Recap: Wireless Microphones Order on Recon and Further Notice: A Mixed Bag for Manufacturers and Users

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) revisited the regulatory framework applicable to wireless microphones in several important ways. The Order on Reconsideration addressed...more

FCC Proposes Increased Service Obligations on Wireless Licensees Seeking Renewal

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has released a draft Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on renewal requirements and permanent discontinuance rules for a variety of wireless...more

Copper Retirement in Rural Communities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The original backbone of this nation’s telephone – twisted copper wire pairs – is being retired. This process will significantly impact communities throughout the country, particularly rural governments, consumers and small...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Call it the Loeb effect: just days after Third Point announced its sizeable stake in Nestle, the company is preparing to spend billions on stock buybacks in an effort to create value for shareholders, hinting that it would...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

European antitrust regulators have dropped a massive $2.7 billion fine on Google for allegedly “unfairly favoring some of its own search services over those of rivals”....more

UPDATE: Real Fight Begins Over SB 649 in California Assembly - Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As drafted, Senate Bill 649 would give wireless providers a significant advantage over local government in negotiating the placement of small cells in the public right of way and on public property. Cities that have an...more

NO DEAL! SB 649 Passed Out of Appropriations Committee Without Amendment - This Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A working group formed in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee to forge a compromise on rental rates for use of public property such as street lights and traffic lights by operators of small cells failed to reach any...more

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Sometimes the local rules require some sort of community outreach before or during the application process – and sometimes it’s a good idea to reach out to the community whether it’s required or not. In this episode, DWT...more

Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Watch: “Parameters,” But Not Full Plan to be Released this Month

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite bi-partisan agreement on the urgency to invest in the nation’s infrastructure to meet fast growing demands on our roads, railroads and waterways, there has yet to materialize a bi-partisan framework for funding and...more

TCPA Update: FCC Seeks Guidance on Proposed Robocall-Blocking Rule

Under new Chairman Ajit Pai’s leadership, the Federal Communications Commission (the “Commission”) is taking its first steps toward reforming its rules interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). On...more

New Potential Threats to Communities from the FCC - Comments Due Soon — BB&K Coalition Formed to Respond

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Does your community rent space to wireless providers on your buildings or light poles, or in your rights of way, community parks or water tanks? If so, you need to be aware that the FCC is asking...more

Details of FCC’s Repack Plans for LPTV and TV Translator Stations Emerge

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Ever since the idea of holding an incentive auction to reclaim and repurpose broadcast spectrum for new wireless uses first surfaced, a major concern has been how to balance full power stations’ need to replicate their...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Local-TV powerhouse Sinclair Broadcast Group isn’t all that well known outside of the Baltimore area, but it’s making a big play for the national stage as it nears a deal to buy Tribune Media—the former “Tribune empire’s...more

FCC Initiates Close Look at Wireless Infrastructure Deployment and Investment Issues

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its April 20, 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) initiated two proceedings to review ways in which the Commission might alleviate obstacles wireless providers face at the...more

FCC Outlines Additional Steps for Incumbent Licensees in the 3.5 GHz Band to Establish Grandfathered Protection Zones

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we have explained in prior advisories, the FCC is implementing its plans to make available 150 MHz of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band (3550-3700 MHz) under a new service known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service...more

FCC Vows Its Never Gonna Give Up On Bridging Digital Divide: Opens Rulemakings To Promote Access To Broadband Infrastructure

At the end of March, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai branded April “Infrastructure Month.” He paired this declaration with the announcement of a comprehensive agenda aimed at tackling a host of infrastructure-related challenges...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

California Small Cell Bill Curtails Local Discretionary Review and Rates - Local Governments Need to Voice Their Concerns Before...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Local governments should take action to oppose a California bill that will drastically curtail local discretionary authority over small cell deployments and mandate use of public property such as street light poles at...more

FCC Announces the Results of the $19.8 Billion Broadcast Incentive Auction

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) announced the results of its broadcast incentive auction. The FCC raised approximately $19.8 billion through the auction. While...more

FCC Releases Draft Item on Streamlining Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On March 30, 2017, the FCC released a draft of a combined Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) and Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) (together, the “draft Notice”) designed to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of advanced...more

Wireline Competition Bureau Explains No Presumption of Intrastate or Interstate Jurisdiction for Private Lines; Carriers Must...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

By an Order issued late last week, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) provided important insight regarding determining the jurisdictional classification of private line revenues. In ruling on long-pending petitions for...more

ExteNet v City of Houston: Who pays for access to Texas rights-of-way?

On March 30, 2017 the Texas Public Utilities Commission will decide whether companies with certificates of public convenience and necessity from the Commission may place their facilities in local rights-of-way and provide...more

3GPP Paves Way for Accelerated 5G Standards Development

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During a plenary meeting held March 6-9 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) a standards-developing collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations approved an accelerated time...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

FCC Authorizes First LTE-U Devices

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Wireless carriers are a major step closer to using unlicensed spectrum to ease network congestion and boost speeds following the FCC’s authorization of the first LTE-Unlicensed (“LTE-U”) devices on February 22, 2017. LTE-U...more

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