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Alert: FCC Reverses 2015 Open Internet Order

by Cooley LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the FCC adopted a decision reversing nearly all of the significant elements of its 2015 Open Internet Order and the "network neutrality" rules from that order, retaining only the requirement that...more

Telecom Convergence: Nirvana or Nightmare?

by Hogan Lovells on

Convergence—the consolidation or synergism of previously distinct systems and functionalities–is creating all sorts of new opportunities for telecom providers and content creators. ...more

Online Retailers Support Challenges to Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

by Bryan Cave on

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote yesterday to dismantle the net neutrality rules regulating businesses that connect consumers to the internet, online retailers have responded that they will support...more

Ohio legislature considers expansion of broadband service for underserved areas

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Internet access has become a vital part of our everyday way of life. The ability to access the internet is critical for job searching, conducting government business, shopping, accessing important medical and financial...more

Ohio legislature considers expansion of broadband service for underserved areas

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Internet access has become a vital part of our everyday way of life. The ability to access the internet is critical for job searching, conducting government business, shopping, accessing important medical and financial...more

What to Expect from the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This Thursday, December 14th, the FCC will vote on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, after releasing a draft on November 22nd. The Draft Order would overturn the FCC’s earlier 2015 Open Internet Order. We don’t expect any...more

On the Eve of the FCC’s Reclassification of Broadband Services, the FCC and FTC Release Memorandum of Understanding for Oversight...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 11, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will allocate oversight and enforcement authority related to...more

FCC Takes Steps to Radically Reshape and Shrink the Lifeline Program

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 16, 2017, a divided FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a controversial order and new rulemaking proceeding, adopting and proposing many changes that will radically reshape—and significantly shrink—the Lifeline program. The...more

FCC Adopts a Second Wave of Millimeter Wave Regulations to Support Next Generation Terrestrial Systems and Services

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In a document released the day before Thanksgiving, the FCC issued three orders and initiated yet another round of rulemaking in its Spectrum Frontiers proceeding aimed principally at making almost two gigahertz of additional...more

FCC Reverses Course, Shifts ISP Customer Privacy Back to FTC

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The wheel that is U.S. policy on “net neutrality” has taken another turn with the release of the FCC’s draft Internet Freedom Order, which, when effective, will reverse the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order (the “Title II...more

FCC Releases Text of Wireless and Wireline Infrastructure Orders

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Commission has released the final text of the Wireline R&O and Wireline FNPRM as well as the final text of Replacement Utility Poles R&O. The final text of the Replacement Utility Poles R&O, which was released the day...more

FCC Releases Draft Internet Freedom Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

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

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ November 2017

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. In its most recent salvo against...more

Chairman Pai Set to Release Draft Net Neutrality Item

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 21, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement announcing that he had circulated his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order to his fellow commissioners. The draft Order will largely undo the 2015 Open Internet...more

Legislative Session Primer: Governor Holcomb's Agenda and Study Committee Recommendations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The legislative season will officially get underway on Tuesday, November 21 when the Indiana General Assembly convenes at the Statehouse for its annual Organization Day. Two newly elected state representatives will be sworn...more

FCC Commissioners Debate Adjustments to Merger Review Standard

by Hogan Lovells on

In the first major transaction approval under Ajit Pai’s Chairmanship, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently approved, subject to targeted, transaction-specific conditions, license and authorization transfers...more

FCC Issues Draft Wireline and Wireless Infrastructure Orders and Further Wireline Rulemaking Notice ahead of November Meeting

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the FCC released drafts of a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the wireline broadband deployment docket (the “Draft Wireline Order” and “Draft Wireline FNPRM”) and a Report and...more

October 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Can We Be Better PALs? The FCC Seeks to Modify the Two-Year-Old Rules in the 3.5 GHz Band Citing...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its Open Meeting on October 24, the FCC took a major step in recrafting the licensing and other rules for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (“CBRS”) in the 3550-3700 MHz band (the “3.5 GHz band”) and promote 5G...more

FCC Action May Delay Deployment of 5G and Industrial IoT Applications and Services Under Innovative New Spectrum Sharing Regime in...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC’s plan to release an additional 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band under the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) shared spectrum access regime will likely be delayed as the agency continues to work out...more

FCC Bureau Reports on Voice Support Phasedown, Concludes Will Continue

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

This past Monday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Report examining the effects of the phasedown in E-rate support for voice services adopted in the FCC’s 2014 E-rate Modernization Order in order to emphasize...more

Proposed California Broadband Internet Privacy Act Put On Ice

by King & Spalding on

On September 16, 2017, a proposed California bill modeled after the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) failed broadband privacy regulations was withdrawn from committee, creating an uncertain future for what would...more

FCC Expands on Bidding Procedures in Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction Webinar

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Signaling a clear commitment to a successful reverse auction process for the Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II proceeding, members of the FCC’s Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force hosted a webinar yesterday that provided...more

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

by Perkins Coie on

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 Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment - Local Governments May Be Impacted; Comments Due Thursday

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As part of the preparation of its annual “Section 706” report, the Federal Communications Commission recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to...more

Movement on Infrastructure Package Possible, but Unlikely this Fall

by Baker Donelson on

Dating all the way back to the campaign last year, President Trump has long focused on advancing a broad-based infrastructure investment program. Initially expected this spring, the White House is now expected to release an...more

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