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New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses - Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, H.R. Bill 582, known as “Kari’s Law” became federal law. Kari’s Law amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require most multi-line telephone systems to be pre-configured so users may call “911” without dialing any...more

TLC and Networks: New rules for Chinese foreign investments (Italian)

by Dentons on

The Chinese Government decided to remove the investments in telecommunication operators and electricity grid management companies from the list of sensitive sectors for which a prior authorisation for investments by Chinese...more

Reinstated CPNI Regulations Require Providers to File Annual FCC CPNI Certification by March 1, 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

As we previously advised, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reinstated its customer proprietary network information (“CPNI”) rules governing the privacy obligations of telecommunications and VoIP service providers...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

Updated 499-A Form and Instructions Signal Start of 2018 USF Season

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, the FCC released its form and instructions for the 2018 499-A, due April 1st. The 499-A form is filed by almost all intrastate, interstate and international providers of telecommunications in the U.S. and reports...more

The Numbers Do Lie: How Thieves Can Steal Your Cell Phone Number And Wreak Havoc On Your Life

by Dickinson Wright on

If you have an online account, you are familiar with the username/password method of user authentication. If you have been paying attention to recent news stories, however, you also recognize that this method of...more

Red Flags on Wireless: A Recent Resignation Signals Industry-Weighted Regulations Ahead - Local Governments Should Speak Up Now...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo resigned from a FCC advisory committee last week, it was a move that should alert communities around the country that they are facing the imminent prospect of new federal regulations (and...more

Understanding the Shared Responsibility Model in Cloud Services Agreements

by Morgan Lewis on

Not that long ago, companies were concerned about the ramifications of putting all their data in a cloud, including how they would get that data out, so only certain discrete aspects of systems and storage infrastructure were...more

White House Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget (Plus an Infrastructure Proposal)

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget - The White House has unveiled President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019, entitled Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget. The Administration has worked for...more

Texts From Your Ex? Not So Fast- Make Sure To Preserve Your Evidence

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A case out of the District of Oregon recently dismissed a Plaintiff’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims where the allegations relied on manufactured text messages that Plaintiff failed to produce. ...more

Trademarks: Use it or lose it – and prove it!

by Field Law on

You may be surprised to learn that even after your trade-mark is registered, it can be expunged from the Trade-marks Register. One way is through Section 45 of the Trade-marks Act (“Act”). Section 45 of the Act authorizes...more

Emerging Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• While financial recoveries under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) continued at a fast pace last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) started 2018 with a proverbial "bang" by issuing new internal guidance directing...more

Reminder: Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Annual Officer Certification REINSTATED FOR 2018 Due March 1, 2018

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Please be reminded of the upcoming due date for the Report listed below: - Section 64.2009(e) - Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Annual Certification - Section 64.2009(e) requires that all...more

Beyond the Latest Frontier: Licensed, Unlicensed, and Experimental Operations above 95 GHz

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fulfilling a promise made by Chairman Pai in the fall that the Federal Communications Commission would give a close look to opening up licensed operations in the bands above 95 GHz, the FCC announced tentatively on February 1...more

Canada Requires VoIP Service Providers to Implement Technical Measures to Combat Robocalls—A Likely Preview of U.S. Regulation

Everyone hates random telemarketing robocalls. Many of these calls originate overseas and are sent by those with no regard for rules designed to avoid such calls, like the Do Not Call Registry. New technologies make it easier...more

Net Neutrality Order Deep - Dive: Open Internet Rules Repealed, Transparency Requirements Remain, FTC Role over Broadband Privacy...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In this Client Alert, we provide a deep dive on the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, that largely repeals the so-called “Open Internet” regulatory framework implemented by the prior FCC Chairman...more

Redial: 2017 TCPA Year-in-Review - Analysis of critical issues and trends in TCPA compliance and litigation

The Eversheds Sutherland TCPA team has published its fourth annual REDIAL: 2017 TCPA YEAR-IN-REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS IN TCPA COMPLIANCE AND LITIGATION. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis...more

Crunching the Numbers: FCC to Create Office of Economics and Analysis

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On January 30, 2018, by a 3-2 vote, the FCC voted to establish a new Office of Economics and Analysis (“OEA”). This decision reflects the Chairman’s ideological emphasis on incorporating a greater degree of economic analysis...more

Catching Up? A New Consumer Protection Cooperation Regime for the EU

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The European Union (“EU”) has long had a focus on consumer protection of EU residents. A new proposed EU regulation is set to improve the cross-border enforcement regime for consumer protection legislation. The new rules will...more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

Local Government Reaction is Swift to FCC’s Wireless Regulation Actions

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s resignation from the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee last week signals that communities around the country are facing the imminent prospect of new federal wireless regulations (and...more

E-Rate Fraud in Crosshairs Following Charter School Indictment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

E-Rate fraud is back in the spotlight following the indictment of a Dallas charter school CEO and the owner of a contracting company for an alleged kickback scheme resulting in over $300,000 in illegal subsidies. Federal...more

Tired of Deal Fatigue? (Part 2: Root Causes)

by Morgan Lewis on

Imagine a scenario where you are a new member of a deal team that has been working on the same deal day and night for months, but just can’t seem to close. As a new member of the team, you’re still fresh and optimistic, but...more

FCC Avoids Shutdown For Now, But Continued Threat Looms Over TMT Sector

by Hogan Lovells on

The federal government is open. But less than three weeks remain under the current reprieve and another shutdown seems possible. Although the Federal Communications Commission tapped on-hand fees to support uninterrupted...more

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

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