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EU General Court orders fresh review of Liberty Global/Ziggo merger

by Dechert LLP on

The EU lower court has overturned a 2014 merger clearance by the European Commission (EC) following an appeal by a third party. Overturning the clearance does not mean that the deal is now prohibited. Instead, the case...more

FAA Grants CNN Approval to Operate Drones Over People in the “Real World”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted CNN approval to operate drones over people in real-world conditions, which means that for the first time, drones will be allowed to fly over wide ranges of urban and...more

FCC Modernizes Signal Quality and Signal Leakage Rules

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On September 25, 2017, the FCC released a Report and Order updating its Signal Quality (aka “proof of performance”) rules and Signal Leakage rules for digital cable systems. The FCC’s Signal Quality rules set technical...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One might think that Tesla shareholders would be thrilled with yesterday’s news that Elon’s car-making arm has surpassed even GM in market value. True, perhaps, but only to a point. Turns out that Tesla’s recent surge has...more

Annual and Quarterly FCC International Reports Due March 31, 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Annual Section 43.62(b) International Circuit Capacity Report - Each year the FCC collects data regarding capacity held on international terrestrial, satellite and submarine cable facilities, the status of the circuits,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - 2016 Data Breach Legislation Roundup: What to Know Going Forward - States were busy updating their data breach notification statutes in 2016. With 2016 in the rear view, let's take...more

No, Yes, or Back to State Court? Three Circuits Address Standing in Statutory “No Injury” Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In Spokeo, the Supreme Court declined to answer the certified question of whether a plaintiff suing for violation of a federal statute satisfied Article III’s standing requirement by alleging no concrete injury as a result of...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ October 2016

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. This month’s issue includes:...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Qualcomm is reportedly set to acquire NXP Semiconductors for just shy of $40 billion in a deal that would help Qualcomm move beyond smartphone chips and into the broader internet of things....more

Second Circuit Blazes New Trail in Set-Top Box Cases: Cable Service and Boxes Are Not Separate Products

Since 2008, cable customers have been suing cable operators across the country claiming operators violate the antitrust laws by forcing customers to lease set-top boxes from the operator to access “premium” cable services. ...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.30.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

US banks made a strong showing in part 2 of the latest round of the Fed’s stress tests. Only Morgan Stanley didn’t pass unconditionally (concerns over the company’s “internal controls and processes” tripped it up), while the...more

Oregon Supreme Court: Right of Way Fee Can Be Levied on Internet Revenues

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Big news yesterday from the Oregon Supreme Court: The City of Eugene, Ore. may lawfully impose a fee on Comcast’s use of rights of way to provide cable modem service/Internet service. Cable operators like Comcast...more

FCC Proposes to Eliminate Two Public Inspection File Requirements for Broadcast and Cable

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

At its Open Meeting on May 25, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing to eliminate two public inspection file requirements – one that applies to broadcast...more

The FCC’s Privacy NPRM: A Closer Look at the Commission’s Legal Authority and Some of Its Proposals

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we have previously advised, the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to “protect the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services” (the “NPRM”) proposes sweeping changes to the ways that Internet Service...more

Proposed EAS Rules Mark a Greater Role for New Media Platforms and Increased Importance for Social Media in Delivering EAS Alerts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM” or “Proposed EAS Rules”) in January, proposing improvements to the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”) and Wireless Emergency Alerts...more

Magistrate Recommends Permitting Jurisdictional Discovery And Denying Motion To Dismiss Without Prejudice

by Morris James LLP on

Fallon, M. J. Report and recommendation recommending that defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction be dismissed without prejudice and jurisdictional discovery be allowed. The accused products are...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - February 2016

Be Reasonable: The U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review the Standard for Awarding Attorneys' Fees to the Prevailing Party in Copyright Infringement Suits - Why it matters: On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

FCC Modified Pole Attachment Formulas to Bring Telecom Rates Down to Parity with Cable Rates

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 24, 2015, the FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration (“Reconsideration Order”) updating the telecommunications carrier pole attachment formula in its rules. The Reconsideration Order granted a four-year old...more

The Clock is Ticking – Comment Deadlines Set for FCC’s Submarine Cable Network Outage Reporting Rulemaking

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As Kelley Drye reported in an earlier post, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering rules that would impose on submarine cable system licensees, and possibly users, network outage reporting obligations...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Royalty Allocations for Royalty Pools Must Be Well Reasoned and Based on a Record - Settling Devotional Claimants v. Copyright...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the reasonableness of the Copyright Royalty Board’s (Board) decision allocating a pool of royalties among several parties for the retransmission of copyrighted material by cable system operators, the U.S. Court of...more

Telecommunications Giant Hit With TCPA Treble Damages Award For Calls to Reassigned Cell Number

by Carlton Fields on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibits non-emergency calls to cell phone numbers using automatic telephone dialing systems (ATDS) or prerecorded voice messages absent the called party’s prior express consent....more

O’Reilly Paints Team Telecom As an “Inextricable Black Hole” for Applicants, but Will His Call for Reform Fare Better?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On October 1, Chairman Wheeler announced that he has circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking among his fellow Commissioners that would seek comment on simplifying the FCC’s foreign ownership approval process for broadcast...more

FCC Wants to Impose Network Outage Reporting Requirements on Submarine Cable System Licensees

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As it did when it imposed circuit capacity reporting obligations on all submarine cable licensees earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) once again is looking to step up regulation of submarine cable...more

FCC Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the Federal Cable Communications Commission gets ready to adopt a new rule on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to include companies that provide video via the public Internet,...more

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