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FCC Reduces Regulatory Barriers to 5G Wireless Deployment

The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted an order containing sweeping regulatory changes to speed the deployment of advanced wireless services to provide connectivity for innovative Internet of Things, augmented...more

Critical Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s Long-Awaited Robocall Ruling

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued its long-awaited decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 15-1211 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 16, 2018). The...more

FCC to Repeal Net Neutrality

On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft order to repeal its own net neutrality rules. The order, which is expected to be voted upon and approved by a partisan 3-2 vote on...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

FCC Proposes Rules to Fight Fraudulent Robocalling

Unsolicited robocalls are the top consumer complaint made to the Federal Communications Commission, which receives over 200,000 complaints a year. An estimated 2.5 billion robocalls are being made to consumers each month,...more

FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

FCC Chairman Issues Proposal to Rollback Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has waded back into the shark-infested waters of net neutrality by releasing a draft NPRM proposal to reverse the FCC’s recently upheld consumer protection rules prohibiting Broadband Internet Access...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

Following the U.S. Senate’s recent vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has now voted to overturn the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to...more

FCC Stay of Broadband Privacy Rules Foreshadows Deregulatory Measures

As anticipated, the Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission are taking steps to pare down the 2016 Broadband Privacy Order now that they are in the majority. The FCC has released an order staying the data...more

FCC Begins Roll Back of Net Neutrality

Roughly two weeks since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has taken steps providing further evidence that he plans to roll back FCC actions taken under...more

What to Expect From the Trump FCC

In the days since the recent election, many tech, media and telecom industry observers remain unsure of what to expect from the Federal Communications Commission under the Trump administration. Fortunately, there are some...more

FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order: Dead on Arrival?

The Federal Communications Commission recently released an order containing new privacy protections for customers of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers, which was adopted by a 3-2 vote along partisan lines. In...more

Ninth Circuit Strips FTC of ‘Activities-Based’ Jurisdiction over Common Carriers

The FTC has no jurisdiction over common carriers even when they engage in non-common carrier activity, according to a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit opinion. In FTC v. AT&T Mobility, No. 15-16585 (9th...more

FCC Proposes Streamlining Foreign-Ownership Review Process

For two decades, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has relied on an inter-agency consulting process to evaluate matters before it that potentially raise issues of national security, foreign policy and trade policy. ...more

Six Key Consequences of the D.C. Circuit Upholding Net Neutrality

On its third try, the Federal Communications Commission finally got the sweeping net neutrality court victory it had been seeking for years. In US Telecom v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

What Net Neutrality Wrought: The FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Rules

As previously promised in last year’s Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed privacy requirements for...more

The New EU-US Privacy Shield: Safe Harbor 2.0

Two days after the expiration of the informal deadline to replace the Safe Harbor Framework invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October 2015, the EU and US have come to terms on a new framework—the...more

Consumer Privacy and Broadband: The Debate Begins

Privacy and data security are high priorities of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to significant enforcement actions against AT&T and TerraCom/YourTel that...more

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