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A Pending Supreme Court Case and an FCC Rulemaking May Impact How Local Planning Agencies Handle Wireless Facilities

As wireless towers and other facilities continue to sprout at a rapid pace, regulations that balance your community’s needs and those of wireless providers must keep up. Local governments and their planners should watch two...more

Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream received a private letter...more

Are You Secretly Running a Construction Business? State Law Says You Might Be!

Late last month, I spoke at a regional meeting of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, and many of the WISPs in attendance were surprised to learn that not only were they in the Internet service business, but...more

FTC Combats ‘Cramming’ in Mobile Apps and Services

In a recently released staff report, the Federal Trade Commission makes several recommendations designed to reduce “mobile cramming.” Cramming occurs when consumers access or enroll in third-party services through a mobile...more

UK telecoms regulator issues call for input on Internet of Things

Ofcom has published a call for input, entitled "Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things", regarding issues that might affect the development of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) sector in the United...more

New Mexico Issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise its State Rural Universal Service Fund

This past Wednesday,, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC) approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)to revise New Mexico’s State Rural Universal Service Fund following numerous workshops and filings by...more

"FCC Issues Rules for First-Ever Incentive Auction of TV Broadcast Spectrum"

On June 2, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, or Commission) released rules designed to implement the first-ever incentive auction in which spectrum will be recovered from television broadcasters, who...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - June 2014 (Global)

Opt-Out Antitrust Class Actions — A U.S. Perspective on the Consumer Rights Bill Pending in UK's Parliament - Will opt-out class actions proposed by the UK Parliament’s Consumer Rights Bill bring the dreaded U.S.-style...more

GR8 News for Mobile Carriers: District Court Lets Them Off the Hook In Text Messaging Case

FWIW, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and CITA—a wireless trade association—can def breathe a sigh of relief. On May 19, 2014, a federal judge from the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor...more

FCC Proposes to Make 150 MHz of Spectrum Available for Shared Broadband Through Use of Dynamic Spectrum Access and Sharing Systems

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took steps to make 150 megahertz of spectrum available for shared broadband use by unanimously approving a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) setting forth...more

Digital Content Producers (Still) Lack Antitrust Standing to Sue Wireless Carriers Over MMS

In a prior post, I covered the district court’s decision in Davis v. AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. There, the Central District of California dismissed antitrust claims against various wireless telephone companies and other...more

FCC Authorizes Additional 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum in 5GHz Band

Gigabit Wi-Fi services are one step closer to reality following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to unanimously adopt an order today, March 31, 2014, authorizing use of an additional 100 MHz of...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

Sleeper “Small” Cells: The Battle Over The FCC’s Wireless Infrastructure Proceeding

As policymakers and regulators struggle to keep pace with corporate deal makers (read Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and Comcast-Netflix deal) and address the structures undergirding our Nation’s electronic communications...more

FCC Explores Feasibility of More Precise Wireless Caller-Location Capabilities for E911 Calls From Indoor Locations and...

Even as privacy advocates become increasingly nervous about the extent to which our communications devices keep tabs on our whereabouts, the FCC is looking to make it easier to monitor our location more precisely, at least...more

Local Governments and Industry Providers Comment on FCC Rulemaking

Local governments and wireless tower and service providers – more than 200 participants in total – filed comments with the FCC on Monday in response to the agency’s new proposed rules that would limit local and state...more

California Public Utilities Commission Denies Request to Develop Privacy Standards for Wireless Carriers and Mobile Applications

After a year in which the California Legislature passed a spate of privacy laws, wireless providers and third party mobile application providers do not need to add privacy regulations from the California Public Utilities...more

FCC Requests Comment on Wireless Broadband Rules That Could Limit Local Government Authority - February Deadline Set for Public...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today formally released and requested comment on proposed rules to accelerate the expansion of wireless broadband services nationwide, which could limit local governments’ zoning...more

FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting [Video]

The Federal Communications Commission is considering adopting rules that could limit local governments’ zoning authority and allow wireless-service providers to add facilities to existing buildings, towers, and other...more

Local Governments and Wireless Siting

Local Authority Over Wireless Siting: •Local Government is NOT the Enemy •Our Interests - Consumer Protection/Property Rights - Largest User of Wireless Services - Landlord of Preferred Sites - Community...more

FCC Explores Opportunities to Expedite Deployment of Wireless Broadband Facilities

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Notice”) directed at expediting the deployment of wireless broadband facilities. Currently, parties seeking to...more

FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting (Webinar Presentation and Recording)

In This Presenation: The Federal Communications Commission is considering adopting rules that could limit local governments’ zoning authority and allow wireless-service providers to add facilities to existing...more

FCC Wireless Rulemaking - 2013 (Presentation)

FCC Has Commenced New Rulemaking on Wireless - • Rulemaking issued Thursday, Sept. 26; 60-day initial comment period after Fed. Reg. publication. • Local authority is at risk: ..Basic assumptions underlying many...more

Public Safety And Wireless Deployment: 700 MHz Broadband Broadband/Narrowband; 800 MHz Rebanding; RF Radiation Safeguards...

In This Presentation: - 700 MHz Broadband - 700 MHz Narrowband - 800 MHz rebanding - RF radiation safeguards - Excerpt from 700 MHz Broadband: • Single national public safety license: FCC, 2007;...more

Wireless Site Applications: It's My Party (the FCC) and I'll Decide How I Want To

When a Federal statute is ambiguous, who gets to decide what it means — judges or the agency in charge of administering the statute? In its recent holding in City of Arlington v. Federal Communications Commission issued...more

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