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NAD Hangs up on Wireless Carrier’s Crowdsourced Data Claims

Declining to rely on crowdsourced data, the National Advertising Division recommended that T-Mobile USA discontinue advertising claims about the speed of its network....more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

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

FCC Proposes Exempting Non-Nationwide Providers From Wireless Hearing Aid Compatibility Reporting Requirement

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) voted unanimously at its Open Meeting on September 27, 2017 to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that proposes exempting certain types of wireless providers...more

Portions of the FCC’s Recent Wireless License Renewal Order Take Effect Oct. 2nd, but Key Rule Sections Delayed Pending OMB Review

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At the beginning of August, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) took steps to reconcile a diversity of renewal requirements and permanent discontinuance conditions within its rules for many of the licensed radio...more

SB 649 Barely Passes Out of California - Legislature Governor has Until Oct. 15 to Veto Controversial Small Cell Bill

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

SB 649 passed the California Assembly and Senate in the last week of the legislative session with few votes to spare, and is on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for consideration. The bill curtails regulatory authority over small...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Commences Major Study of Spectrum Management Issues Involving “Mid-Band” Frequencies

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) unanimously initiated a major inquiry proceeding into what it labels “mid-band spectrum,” namely the frequencies between 3.7 GHz and 24...more

TCPA Tracker - August 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - FCC Imposes Potential Liability on Technology Platforms for Involvement in Unlawful Robocalls - On July 26, 2017, the FCC released the text of the Forfeiture Order adopted at the Commission’s July 2017...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Adopts Challenge Process for Billions in Mobility Fund Phase II Support

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) unanimously adopted an Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order (“Order”) outlining a process to challenge the FCC’s determinations of...more

NLRB’s “Biggest Idiot” Test Benchslapped

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The NLRB analyzes employer policies to see if the policies “chill” employees’ rights to engage in concerted protected activity under the NLRA. The NLRB says it applies a “reasonable person” test, which asks “would a...more

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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

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