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Ending the Twilight Saga: FCC Proposes Slashing Regulations to Speed Broadband Deployment

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCC has proposed to exclude so-called “Twilight Towers” from routine historic preservation review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”) and its regulations.  ...more

Attacks Mount Against FCC After Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) repeal of net neutrality in December was certainly not the final word on the matter. The FCC’s decision to roll back Obama-era rules prohibiting paid preferences, throttling and...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

CAF II Auction Timeline Tentatively Set – Approval Scheduled for Later this Month

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC has released the text of a proposed Public Notice that outlines the final bidding procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II (“CAF II”) auction. The Public Notice is on the agenda for adoption at the January 30,...more

Restoring Internet Freedom: FCC Eliminates Common Carrier Regulation of Broadband Providers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New FCC order scales back net neutrality mandates while seeking to ensure internet openness through updated transparency requirements and FTC oversight. Background - On January 4, 2018, the Federal Communications...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Telecommunications

Even though Congress spent much of last year focused on a number of bigger-picture priorities including healthcare, tax reform, and appropriations, lawmakers also developed a number of telecom-related bills. Recently,...more

Repeal of Net Neutrality? Everyone loses except the powerful

Web Access Through Corporate Control - The barrage of backlash booming around the repeal of the net-neutrality law by the Federal Communications Commission is facing an all-fronts assault. The communications companies that...more

Small Business Attacked by FCC — Internet is in the hands of big business

FCC Kills Net Neutrality - Death threats. Protests. Rallies. Strong opinions roil around the controversial Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal the Obama administration’s net-neutrality law that protected a...more

A Net-Neutral Decision for Health Care? What Providers Can Expect in the Wake of Net Neutrality Repeal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As the Federal Communications Commission repeals the Open Internet Order—more commonly known as the net-neutrality rules—health care consumers and providers have been left wondering how this change will affect their ability...more

Robust Transparency Requirements For Broadband Providers After FCC Vote

by Carlton Fields on

On December 14, the FCC voted to repeal the net neutrality regulations brought about by the 2015 Open Internet Order. The FCC has now replaced that framework with the Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order called Restoring...more

Will FCC reversal on net neutrality rules impact consumer payments?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to reverse its 2015 order classifying the provision of broadband internet access services as a “telecommunication service” subject to Title II of the...more

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 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

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

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