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Time to Revisit FCC Commercial Leased Access Rules?

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After nearly ten years, the United Church of Christ Office of Communications, Inc. (“UCC”) finally withdrew its petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to override an Office of Management and Budget...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - April 2018

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We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue examines a recent Illinois federal court ruling...more

Tailor-Made: FCC Recognizes Need for Bespoke Rules for Smallsats

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 17, 2018 the Federal Communications Commission adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) that seeks to streamline and otherwise tailor the agency’s current one-size-fits-all satellite regulations for small...more

Citing National Security, FCC Begins Proceeding to Bar the Use of Universal Service Monies for Equipment from Certain Countries

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Echoing concerns raised by other parts of the federal government over the past several years, the FCC, at its open meeting on April 17, 2018, adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to consider a rule which would...more

Court Refuses to Hit the Brakes

The New York attorney general’s false advertising suit challenging Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) speed claims is not preempted by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, a New York federal judge has ruled....more

FCC Moves to Further Deregulate Business Data Services

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Nearly a year after it ordered sweeping deregulation of the business data services (“BDS”) market, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) proposed new rules that would allow certain small rural carriers to move from...more

FCC Commissioner O’Rielly Statement Hints at Possible Long-Awaited Movement on Team Telecom Review Process Reform

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) initiated a rulemaking proceeding proposing changes to the process of reviewing certain Section 214 and submarine cable landing license applications,...more

TCPA Update: Impact of D.C. Circuit's Ruling on 2015 FCC Order

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After hearing the oral argument in the case of ACA International v. FCC in October 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit finally issued its long-awaited and lengthy ruling on March 16, 2018, addressing the...more

Massachusetts Legislature Issues Net Neutrality Report, Recommends Legislation

On March 23, 2018, the Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection (the Committee) released a report recommending legislation aimed at ensuring net neutrality in Massachusetts. The report and...more

Alert: FCC Announces 5G Spectrum Frontiers Auctions

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This week, the Federal Communications Commission took the first step towards fulfilling its promise to bring additional high-band 5G radio spectrum to market – spectrum needed to support spectrum-intensive, real-time...more

Bracewell Tax Report: April 2018

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The Bracewell Tax Report is a periodic publication focused on developments in federal income tax law, including the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with emphasis on how such developments impact the energy, technology...more

FCC Reduces Regulatory Barriers to 5G Wireless Deployment

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The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted an order containing sweeping regulatory changes to speed the deployment of advanced wireless services to provide connectivity for innovative Internet of Things, augmented...more

Third Circuit Restricts Corporate Officer Liability under Telephone Consumer Protection Act

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In a recent precedential opinion in City Select Auto Sales, Inc. v. David Randall Associates, Inc., 885 F.3d 154 (3d Cir. 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a judgment by the United...more

STOP: Text Message Lessons from the Outcome Health Settlement

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Outcome Health has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $2.9 million for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) arising from the transmission of automated text messages to users who had...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due May 1, 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Please be reminded of the upcoming due dates for the Reports listed below: - Form 499-Q Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - Carriers and providers of interstate and international telecommunications,...more

ACA International v. FCC Aftermath: 28 Days Later

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In ACA Int’l v. FCC, No. 15-211, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6535 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 16, 2018) the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned the FCC’s “expansive” interpretation of what constitutes...more

DTV Ancillary and Supplementary Services Report Goes Away for Most TV Stations

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Today the FCC publicly released a Report and Order eliminating TV stations’ annual obligation to report whether they have provided feeable ancillary or supplementary services on their spectrum during the past year unless they...more

What's New In Washington - April 2018

Congress returned from its spring recess with a host of issues to address—trade, Trump administration nominations and opioid legislation sitting atop the priority list. Given the ongoing data scandal at Facebook, privacy...more

2018 and its first EEO Audit

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New Procedures: Old Problems – Don’t get caught off guard! On February 26, the Media Bureau issued its first Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) audit of 2018 to randomly selected radio and television stations. There are...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker April 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

FCC Approves Wireless Infrastructure Order That Excludes Small Wireless Facilities From NHPA and NEPA Review

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On March 30, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an order designed to eliminate regulatory barriers for small cell deployments and modernize the regulatory reviews under the National Historic...more

Back to Basics: What is an “ATDS,” Really?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Following the D.C. Circuit’s opinion in ACA Int’l v. FCC, No. 15-1211, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6535 at *9 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 16, 2018) (“ACA Int’l”), members of the Bar on all sides have found themselves potentially living in a...more

FCC Further Clarifies and Streamlines Environmental and Historical Review Processes for Wireless Deployments

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On March 30, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) released a Second Report and Order (“Order”) that further clarifies and streamlines the environmental and historical review processes related to...more

When Public Safety Isn’t Enough: FCC Considering Expanded Use of the 4.9 GHz Band

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At its March Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a long-awaited Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) to consider promoting additional investment and activity in the 4.9 GHz band while preserving the core public...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exception for Flu Shot Reminder

Doubling down on the healthcare exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that Rite Aid was not liable for flu shot reminder calls....more

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