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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

The Reversal of Net Neutrality on Privacy 101

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) potential reversal of the Obama Administration’s ‘Net Neutrality’ rules have been a constant headline lately. Most media coverage goes to the core principals of net neutrality,...more

Does net neutrality have a future?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) draft order on the open internet would roll back the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order, and order that internet access services no longer be considered as telecommunications services...more

It’s Official: The Old CPNI Rules Are Back in Effect

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Today the Office of Federal Register published a final rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) that formally voids the rule changes in the Commission’s 2016 Privacy Order—which Congress invalidated...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Ahead for Broadband Privacy Regulation?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a rare Joint Resolution of Congress under the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which disapproved the Broadband Privacy Rules adopted late last year by then-Chairman Wheeler’s...more

President Signs Law Overriding FCC Rules Regarding Online Privacy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 3, 2017, the President signed into law a joint resolution that eliminates rules submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get approval from...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

by Perkins Coie on

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

Internet Law in a Trump Presidency

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In a Democracy, transitions in leadership happen more frequently than in any other form of government. And with those transitions, some previous policies and orders are preserved and some are reversed. This approach to...more

New FCC Privacy Rules for Broadband and Voice Providers

In an order issued November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission for the first time imposed privacy requirements on providers of broadband internet access services (“BIAS”). The much-anticipated order was an...more

FCC Adopts Privacy Regulations for Broadband Internet Service Providers

by White & Case LLP on

On October 27, 2016 the FCC announced its adoption of an Order establishing a set of privacy regulations ("Broadband Privacy Rules") governing the use of consumer personal information by Broadband Internet Service Providers...more

FCC Sets Out Revised Privacy Rules For Broadband Providers

by King & Spalding on

On Thursday October 7, 2016, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), Tom Wheeler, announced a proposal for new privacy rules for broadband providers in a post on the FCC’s website. Chairman Wheeler...more

FCC Liberalizes Rules for Foreign Investment in U.S. Broadcast Licensees

On September 30, 2016, the FCC adopted an order designed to liberalize and streamline the foreign ownership review process for broadcast licensees (the “Broadcast Liberalization Order”). Section 310(b) of the Communications...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ August 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

Sixth Circuit Rejects FCC’s Effort To Preempt State Regulation Of Municipal Broadband Providers

The FCC’s February 2015 meeting yielded two significant and controversial orders premised on the agency’s authority under Section 706 of the Communications Act: its much-publicized Open Internet Order, and its less-publicized...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

On June 14, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Commerce Commission’s recently enacted rules that enforce “net neutrality” as to Internet Service Providers. ...more

Secretive Direct Marketers Face Fresh Restrictions on their Anonymity

by Reed Smith on

From 16 May, those making (or instigating) direct marketing telephone calls must provide Caller Line Identification (‘CLI’) when making calls live or through automated means. The display of their telephone numbers to...more

FCC Proposes Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

In a recently issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC asked for comments on proposed rules that would apply the traditional privacy requirements of the Communications Act to providers of broadband Internet access...more

FCC Adopts NPRM for ISP Privacy at March Open Meeting

Late this afternoon the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new rules governing the privacy practices of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at its monthly open meeting, which was delayed several times...more

FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ March 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....more

Reminder: FCC Accessibility Reporting Requirements Due April 1

by Morgan Lewis on

The deadline applies to all service providers and equipment manufacturers subject to section 255, 716, or 718 of the Communications Act. Service providers and equipment manufacturers subject to section 255, 716, or 718...more

FCC Announces Broadband Privacy Proposal

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that a proposed rulemaking is being circulated among the Commissioners that would establish privacy and data security requirements applicable to providers of broadband Internet access...more

Alert: FCC Proposes New Rules for Competitive Set Top Boxes

by Cooley LLP on

On February 18, the FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking that proposes new rules intended to open up the market for devices and software used to transmit video programming from multichannel video providers ("MVPDs") to...more

FCC Wireless Shot Clock Trumps Complex Local Processes, Says First Circuit While Addressing Section 332 “Final Action” Requirement

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Jan. 8, 2016, in Global Tower Assets, LLC v. Town of Rome, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a wireless permit applicant must go through all administrative appeals required by local law before there...more

LeBlanc Responds to Criticism of the FCC’s Enforcement Process

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 25, FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc penned a blog post outlining the Commission’s enforcement process and touting the upward trend in recent years in collecting fines issued for violations of the...more

Ofcom launches review of TV production sector

by Dentons on

On 8 October 2015, following a request from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (The Secretary of State), Ofcom announced it was conducting a formal review of the TV production sector in the UK. The review...more

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