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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

Alert: FCC Opens Millimeter Wave Spectrum for 5G

At a meeting today, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") opened up an enormous new swath of wireless spectrum available for use by the next generation of cutting-edge wireless technologies. The FCC's action makes the...more

FCC Privacy Regulations: The Next Litigation Trend?

Last month the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) closed the comment period for its proposed privacy regulations, which we previously wrote about here. The million dollar question on everyone’s minds is whether the...more

Both Categories 1 and 2 to be Fully Funded in FY 2016

On June 8, the FCC Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that there is sufficient funding available to fully meet USAC’s estimated demand for both Category One services (i.e., telecommunications and Internet access)...more

Fourth Circuit joins other circuits holding no warrant is required for cell tower data

The Fourth Circuit held that the Government is not required to obtain a warrnt for cell tower data in United States v. Graham, 4th Cir., No. 12-4659, en banc (5/31/16). The Court found that cell tower data was voluntarily...more

Sprint FCA Case Denied Certiorari by U.S. Supreme Court

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a challenge by Sprint Nextel Corp. (“Sprint”) to a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit by New York state against it for sales taxes not collected and remitted on...more

FCC Issues Tariff Investigation Order and NPRM Which Proposes to Substantially Revise and Expand the Regulation of Business Data...

In May 2016, the FCC moved forward with its decade-overdue reform of the $45 Billion per year dedicated business data services (“BDS”) market. BDS providers, including major incumbent telecommunications companies and now even...more

California Telecom Providers File Suit to Protect Competitively Sensitive Information

On May 5, AT&T Mobility along with several other telecommunications providers and trade associations filed a complaint in the Northern District of California against the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”)...more

Let’s Go Crazy: The FTC and FCC Launch “Parallel” Investigations Into Security Updates of Mobile Communications Industry

Earlier this week, the FTC and FCC announced “parallel” investigations into how carriers and mobile device makers release information on vulnerabilities, and how and when mobile security patches are distributed. The...more

Sprint Communications Inc. Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Bundling Issue

On February 18, 2016, Sprint Communications Inc. filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to review the New York Court of Appeals’ denial of Sprint’s attempt to dismiss the...more

WiFi Privacy: Network Analytics Guidance Issued by ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance to help wireless (WiFi) operators understand their duties under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when collecting and using location and other analytics...more

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