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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

Lie Still: Claim Construction on Hospital Bed Unduly Limited

Hill-Rom Services, Inc. v. Stryker Corp. - Addressing whether there were any reasons to depart from the plain and ordinary meaning of terms in claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...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

Chairman Wheeler Urges Prioritizing E-Rate Funding for Wi-Fi by Next Year

FCC Chairman Wheeler posted a blog entry today on the agency’s website emphasizing the need to change its E-rate rules before the next e-rate funding year in order to encourage the deployment of Wi-Fi to the nation’s schools...more

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in...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

Week in Review

Employers and their IT departments are always looking for ways to protect their data in this age of constantly changing technology. One new form of protection that may become available to employers is a "kill switch" on...more

FCC Authorizes Additional 100 MHz of Unlicensed Spectrum in 5 GHz Band (Part 2: Key Takeaways from the Report and Order)

In our last post on this topic, we reported on the FCC’s adoption of an order authorizing the use of an additional 100 MHz of unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi and related network equipment. Now that the order has been released,...more

Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi

On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and...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

The Fight Over Wireless Siting Heats Up . . . And Moves Into the Halls of the FCC

We’ve blogged previously about an FCC wireless-siting rulemaking that could affect the zoning of wireless-service facilities in almost every U.S. community. The formal comment period has now closed, and dozens of comments...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

The "Internet Of Things" Will Impact Law And Regulation In 2014

If 2013 was the year of "Big Data," 2014 will be the year of the "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with...more

FCC Sets Comment Deadlines for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Environmental and Historic Review Processes for Small Cell and...

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) recently released a Public Notice setting comment deadlines for its September 26, 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on improving wireless facilities...more

Wearable Computing—The Next Front in the Smartphone Wars?

The rapidly shrinking size of computer components and the development of high-speed wireless signaling technologies have made mobile computing devices ubiquitous. Users can now access data and applications from virtually...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

FDA Issues Final Guidance on Wireless Medical Devices

On August 14, 2013, the FDA issued the final guidance entitled ‘‘Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.’’ As the FDA explains in its blog,...more

United States Trade Representative Issues Rare Disapproval of U.S. International Trade Commission's Order Excluding Apple Products...

In a rare move, on August 3, 2013, the United States Trade Representative of the Executive Office of the President (USTR) issued a letter disapproving the United States International Trade Commission's (ITC's) determination...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

Federal Circuit Opens Door to New Defense to Inducing Infringement

On June 25, 2013, the Federal Circuit issued a significant decision expanding the scope of evidence that alleged infringers may present to rebut allegations of inducement. Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., No. 2012-1042...more

FCC Rulemaking on RF Radiation - Public Agencies Should Consider Commenting by September 3 Deadline

For the first time in 17 years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for public comment on its standards protecting humans against overdoses of radiofrequency (RF) radiation and how to better enforce the...more

"Consultation On Considerations Relating To Transfers, Divisions, And Subordinate Licensing Of Spectrum Licences" (Translation:...

An earlier post had discussed the issuance earlier this Spring of Industry Canada's new licensing framework for the Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) 700 MHz Band. As that post explained, the objective of the framework is to...more

FCC Opens Proceeding to Explore Release of Additional Spectrum in 5 GHz Band for Use in “Gigabit” Wi-Fi Networks

On Feb. 20, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and initiated a proceeding to release 195 megahertz of additional spectrum for potential use by unlicensed devices...more

FCC Provides Guidance on Tower Site Collocation

In order to help wireless communications providers meet the need for new facilities to satisfy the exploding demand for service, last year Congress enacted legislation designed to make it easier to add, remove or replace...more

CRTC Invites Canadians To Comment On Wireless Code

On Data Privacy Day (January 28), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) amended its notice regarding a mandatory code for wireless services and invited Canadians to comment on the proposed...more

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