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The United States Federal Communications Commission is an independent federal agency established by the Communications Act of 1934. The Commission is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, wire, satellite, and cable. less -

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

Frequency Check: Is Your UAS FCC Compliant?

by Benesch on

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) (sometimes, though unusually inaccurately, called “drones”). The integration of UASs into the national airspace continues to be an area...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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

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

Reminder: FCC Filings Due on or Before February 1, 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Form 499-Q Quarterly Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet - Carriers and providers of interstate and international telecommunications, including, but not limited to, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol providers,...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 18, 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat LaKresha Roberts Declares Candidacy for Delaware AG- Democrat LaKresha Roberts, former Chief Deputy AG in the Delaware AG’s office, announced her bid for Delaware AG in 2018....more

Mount Sinai Health System Defeats TCPA Action For Flu Shot Reminder

by Ifrah PLLC on

No one likes being on the receiving end of an immunization shot, but many of us submit to a flu shot each fall or winter. David Latner, a patient of the Mount Sinai Health System’s West Park Medical facility, apparently...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

FCC Proposes Excluding Twilight Towers from Historic Preservation Review

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.  Twilight Towers are towers that...more

Bottles of Ink: Court Observes that FCC’s Recent “Regulatory Crusade” Has Only Made the TCPA Murkier

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It should come as no surprise to readers of this blog that the TCPA is the subject of regular criticism by judges across the country. See e.g. Dominguez v. Yahoo!, Inc., No. 13-1887, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11346, at *20 (E.D....more

ICYMI: PrivSec’s Weekly News Picks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Tech Republic reports that “the executive order may help bring internet to previously hard to reach areas, something several ISPs have been working towards.” “A more connected country”, author Olivia Krauth reports, “could...more

Jan 12th Update on FCC’s Internet Freedom Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the Commission voted 3-2 as expected along party lines to adopt the Internet Freedom Order that had been circulated as a draft on November 22, 2017. When effective, the new order will reverse the...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

FCC to Consider CAFII Auction Public Notice, CAFII Auction Slated to Begin July 24

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On January 9, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released a fact sheet and draft Connect America Fund Phase II (CAFII) Auction Public Notice (Draft PN) – an item the Commission will consider at its...more

Gavel to Gavel: Speedier service or biased browsing?

by McAfee & Taft on

Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission reversed its 2015 rules that were intended to ban internet service providers from paid prioritization of internet users, content and services. Originally published in ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...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

Moving beyond Title II: The net neutrality battle returns to Congress

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Is the obsession with Title II over? For nearly 12 years, the net neutrality issue has bounced back and forth between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the courts. A key aspect of this never-ending debate...more

Dialing-In: TCPA Hot Issues for 2018

Companies across a spectrum of consumer-facing industries face a continued wave of class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In 2017, TCPA lawsuits remained one of the most frequently filed...more

Net Neutrality: From Rules to Enforcement

To say that strong passions have surrounded the recent Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse 2015’s net neutrality rules is putting it mildly. There are stories that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has endured racist...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

AD-ttorneys@law

by BakerHostetler on

A basic tactic of shady internet advertisers relies on blurring the lines between “real” content and advertisements. Enough users are duped in this fashion to make the practice commonplace (and lucrative). Ad producers blend...more

Reminder: FCC Service Provider Hearing Aid Compatibility Report Due January 16, 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

FCC Form 655 – Service Provider Hearing Aid Compatibility Status Report - All providers of digital commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) in the United States must file, by midnight January 16, 2018,* FCC Form 655...more

Coming Full Circle: FTC Recovers BIAS Regulation Jurisdiction Following FCC Vote

by BakerHostetler on

In a widely publicized decision, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted on Dec. 14, 2017, to repeal the tenets of the Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet Order, or the Open Internet Order, of 2015. See...more

Is the internet neutral and does it really matter?

by McAfee & Taft on

On April 13, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) placed new regulatory rules on internet service providers (ISPs) that were intended to ban paid prioritization of internet users, content and services. Last...more

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