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FCC Releases Draft Internet Freedom Order

The wheel that is U.S. policy on “net neutrality” has taken another turn. On November 22, 2017, the FCC released a draft of the Internet Freedom Order, which, when effective, will reverse the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet...more

Louisville’s “One-Touch” Make-Ready Ordinance Upheld

In the first decision to consider the legality of a “one touch” make-ready ordinance, a federal district court in Kentucky upheld a City of Louisville law authorizing new attachers to utility poles to rearrange the pole...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms FCC’s 2015 Order Equalizing Cable and Telecom Pole Attachment Rates

On Monday, July 31, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in a unanimous opinion, affirmed the FCC’s November 2015 Order on Reconsideration closing the “telecom formula loophole” to ensure that pole...more

The Need for Speed: FCC Circulates Proposal to Accelerate Broadband Deployment

On March 30, 2017, the FCC released a draft of a combined Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comment designed to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of next generation broadband networks....more

The Real Takeaway from VIZIO’s Privacy FTC Settlement

It has been widely reported that VIZIO, Inc., a large television manufacturer, settled a Complaint brought by the FTC and the Attorney General of New Jersey for $2.2 million for alleged unfair and deceptive acts and practices...more

FCC Votes to Approve New Net Neutrality Rules

On a party-line 3-2 vote, the FCC on February 26, 2015, approved new Open Internet (or Net Neutrality) rules, although it has not released the text of its actual ruling. Based on an FCC press release and a written statement...more

California AG Weighs in on Cybersecurity

Just as NIST completes its version 1.0 national Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has made clear she intends a leadership role for California. With a...more

Federal Lawmakers Revive Do Not Track Kids Legislation

A bipartisan, bicameral effort is again underway to extend current law and impose new restraints on the online tracking of children and teens under the age of 16. As promised, on Thursday, Nov.14, 2013, Senator Edward Markey...more

11/18/2013  /  COPPA , Do Not Track , FTC , Internet , Minors , Privacy Laws

What’s in Your Privacy Policy?—Google’s Insufficient to Dismiss Class Action Claims

Last week, a California federal judge allowed a class action to move forward challenging Google’s scanning of emails and targeted email advertising, rejecting Google’s claims of express and implied consent in its Terms of...more

Protecting Your Business with Strong Operational Privacy Controls

For decades basic requirements to secure business records have been rooted in various legal silos, from corporate governance to rules of evidence to the discrete privacy rules that govern select technologies. Today, however,...more

FCC Grants Charter Waiver of Set-Top Box Integration Ban for Downloadable Security

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Media Bureau granted Charter Communications a two-year waiver of the “integration ban” requirement (that most leased set-top boxes include CableCARDs), in order...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Plug and Play Order and Encoding Rules Applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors

On Jan. 15, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided that the FCC lacked the statutory authority to adopt its 2003 encoding rules, which limit the output and copy restrictions that can be applied...more

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