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FCC Bureau Reports on Voice Support Phasedown, Concludes Will Continue

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

This past Monday, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a Report examining the effects of the phasedown in E-rate support for voice services adopted in the FCC’s 2014 E-rate Modernization Order in order to emphasize...more

Proposed California Broadband Internet Privacy Act Put On Ice

by King & Spalding on

On September 16, 2017, a proposed California bill modeled after the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) failed broadband privacy regulations was withdrawn from committee, creating an uncertain future for what would...more

FCC Expands on Bidding Procedures in Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction Webinar

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Signaling a clear commitment to a successful reverse auction process for the Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II proceeding, members of the FCC’s Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force hosted a webinar yesterday that provided...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

by Perkins Coie on

Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

FCC Seeking Comments on Telecommunications Deployment - Local Governments May Be Impacted; Comments Due Thursday

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As part of the preparation of its annual “Section 706” report, the Federal Communications Commission recently issued a Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to...more

UPDATE: August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Announces Comment Deadlines for Proposed Changes to Broadband Data Collection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On August 24, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) published in the Federal Register its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that explores ways to improve the value of data,...more

Reminder: FCC Filings Due September 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Form 477: Local Competition and Broadband Report - The Local Competition and Broadband Report, containing data as of June 30, 2017, must be filed by September 1, 2017. The report requires the submission of information...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Proposes Changes to Broadband Data Collection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) voted unanimously in favor of a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) that explores ways to improve the value of data,...more

Desire for More Granular Deployment and Subscription Data Drives FCC to Propose Changes to Providers’ Form 477 Reporting...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Explaining that you “can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to revise the Commission’s Form 477 broadband and voice data collection requirements...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Commences Major Study of Spectrum Management Issues Involving “Mid-Band” Frequencies

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) unanimously initiated a major inquiry proceeding into what it labels “mid-band spectrum,” namely the frequencies between 3.7 GHz and 24...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Commission Sets Reverse Auction Procedures for CAF Phase II Auction

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a Public Notice (“Notice”) that addresses the procedures for its upcoming Connect America Fund (“CAF”) Phase II auction (“Auction” or “Auction...more

August 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Adopts Challenge Process for Billions in Mobility Fund Phase II Support

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its August 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) unanimously adopted an Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order (“Order”) outlining a process to challenge the FCC’s determinations of...more

Update on FCC Privacy Rules

We previously reported on the FCC’s 2016 Privacy Order, “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” impacting Internet service providers’ data privacy practices and obligations and...more

Ready the Fatted “CAF”: FCC Takes Further Steps to Finalize $1.9 Billion Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Reverse Auction

As we anticipated in a recent advisory, earlier today the FCC formally adopted further plans to implement its pre-auction procedures for the Connect America Fund Phase II auction (the “CAF Phase II Auction”). The agency is...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms FCC’s 2015 Order Equalizing Cable and Telecom Pole Attachment Rates

On Monday, July 31, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, in a unanimous opinion, affirmed the FCC’s November 2015 Order on Reconsideration closing the “telecom formula loophole” to ensure that pole...more

FCC Actions Affecting Building Owners

Owners and managers of multi-tenant environments (“MTEs”), such as apartment buildings, filed initial comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) proceeding to reexamine various types of arrangements between...more

What to Expect at the FCC’s August 2017 Open Meeting

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Below is Kelley Drye’s preview of the items under consideration at the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s or Commission’s) upcoming monthly Open Meeting, to be held on August 3, 2017. Consistent with the trend since he...more

FCC Reinstates CPNI Privacy Regulations (and Compliance Filing Obligations) for Telecom and VoIP Service Providers

In a recent order, the FCC has reinstated its customer proprietary network information (“CPNI”) rules governing the privacy obligations of voice service providers under Section 222. This action follows the Congressional...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Grants OneWeb’s U.S. Market-Access Petition for its Ka/Ku-Band NGSO System Subject to Conditions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) conditionally granted OneWeb’s proposed 720 Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (“NGSO”) constellation access to the U.S. market in select...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Adopts Rules to Govern State Opt-out of FirstNet Plan

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At its June 2017 Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) unanimously approved a process to review the alternative plans of States and Territories (“States”) that seek to opt out of the...more

Increased Lifeline Minimum Service Standards and Budget Cap for 2018 Announced

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In 2016, the FCC adopted its Lifeline Modernization Order, in which it introduced Lifeline subsidies for the provision of broadband services, and imposed graduated minimum service standards for Lifeline-supported broadband...more

FCC Will Revisit Building Access Rules

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

The FCC voted unanimously yesterday to adopt a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) that may have a profound impact on the delivery of communications services in residential and commercial buildings, shopping malls and other multiple...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- New York Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Breast Cancer Charity over Fraud Allegations- New York AG Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc. (“BCSF”)...more

The Draft 2018 ESL is out for Public Comment — FCC Seeks Comment on Category One Funding for Certain Equipment and Wiring

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau just released the draft eligible services list (“ESL”) for E-rate funding to be used to determine the eligibility of services and equipment for the 2018-2019 funding year, which will...more

FCC Proposes to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently commenced a highly contentious proceeding to begin the rollback of various aspects of its network neutrality regulations, which it adopted on a party-line vote under the...more

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