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Superstorm Sandy foreshadows a new paradigm for protecting critical communications and electric infrastructure

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • USA
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  • November 12 2012

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy sent a fourteen-foot storm surge through New York City.

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FCC commissioners speak out on wireless network reliability, incentives for federal spectrum relocation

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 15 2012

At a spectrum policy event on Tuesday, FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Robert McDowell offered their views on a variety of topics, ranging from incentive auctions of broadcast television spectrum, to reassignment of federal spectrum assets for commercial wireless use, to the reliability of wireless networks in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which rendered inoperable one in four cell sites in affected areas throughout the East Coast.

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Net neutrality regulations will soon be in effect

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 13 2011

On September 9, 2011, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) signed off on the new data collection requirements of the FCC’s net neutrality order.

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D.C. Circuit vacates FCC’s net neutrality rules

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 24 2014

In a much-anticipated opinion, on January 14, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission

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Court of Appeals overturns Comcast BitTorrent order

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • April 7 2010

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the FCC's August, 2008 decision holding that Comcast had violated the FCC's 2005 Internet Policy Statement by blocking customer access to BitTorrent, a file-sharing service.

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FCC to proceed with revised special access data collection effort following OMB approval

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 20 2014

On Aug.15, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the FCC's proposed special access services data collection plan, subject to several

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OMB rejects FCC's new leased access data collection rules

  • Wiley Rein LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 17 2008

On July 9, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rejected the FCC's new leased-access rules as a violation of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

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FCC proposes network outage reporting for voice over OP and broadband

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • May 16 2011

The FCC has adopted a new notice of proposed rulemaking that would extend its network outage reporting requirements to interconnected voice over IP services and broadband Internet access.

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OMB allows FCC to proceed with special access data collection

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 22 2014

This week, the FCC was cleared by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect data from sellers and purchasers of special access services

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DC Circuit court vacates significant portions of the FCC’s net neutrality obligations

  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 16 2014

On January 14, 2014, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals partially vacated the FCC's net neutrality rules applicable to Internet access providers, while

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FCC updates rules on “robocalls”

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 17 2012

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Report and Order adopting new rules for unwanted autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls, so-called “robocalls.”

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The mobile market

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 11 2013

In December 2012, the FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes to make 100 MHz of spectrum available for shared small cell

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Stricter FCC prerecorded telemarketing rules coming sooncompliance deadlines set

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 16 2012

Our March 15, 2012 advisory below described how the FCC revised its telemarketing rules in an attempt to reconcile them with parallel FTC regulations, but in doing so exceeded what the FTC did in a couple of key areas.

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Recent FCC workshop confirms government interest in wireless operational and technical standards

  • Wiley Rein LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 3 2012

With exploding demand for wireless services and the rollout of new 4G services and infrastructure, the wireless industry is looking to increase coverage and capacity and modernize and update their networks.

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Genachowski proposes network neutrality rules

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • September 22 2009

Yesterday FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, in a speech to the Brookings Institution, proposed new rules to supplement the FCC’s existing network neutrality principles.

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Arent Fox’s This Week in Telecom - May 28, 2013

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • May 28 2013

Welcome to the latest edition of Arent Fox's This Week in Telecom, our weekly newsletter designed to keep you apprised of recent developments in

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Operating broadcast stations in an emergency - AM operations at night, STAs and other issues

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 3 2009

The threat from the recent fires to the tower farm on Mount Wilson from which many of the radio and television stations serving the Los Angeles area operate highlight the need for broadcasters to have an emergency plan in the event that some local catastrophe affects their tower site.

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FCC asks court to reject challenges to net neutrality rule

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 4 2011

Arguing that recent legal challenges filed by Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS are premature, the FCC asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday to dismiss the companies’ petitions that seek reversal of net neutrality rules that were adopted by the FCC in December by a narrow 3-2 margin.

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Washington update - MarchApril 2007

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
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  • USA
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  • May 4 2007

On March 1, the Senate Commerce Committee invited Commissioners Tate and Copps, as well as other regulatory officials, to discuss the Universal Service Fund (USF).

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FCC releases network neutrality order

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • December 30 2010

The FCC has released its 194-page order in the network neutrality proceeding.

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Incentive auction and mobile spectrum holdings report and orders - responses from industry and the public

  • Hogan Lovells
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  • USA
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  • May 16 2014

As discussed in our post earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission yesterday adopted long-awaited rules governing the 600 MHz incentive

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Court of Appeals overturns Comcast order

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • April 7 2010

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released a decision overturning the FCC's August, 2008 decision holding that Comcast had violated the 2005 Internet Policy Statement by blocking customer access to BitTorrent, a file-sharing service.

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Deadlines established for compliance with new telemarketing rules

  • Dentons
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  • USA
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  • October 24 2012

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued final approval of the new telemarketing rules adopted by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in February 2012.

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FCC defends open Internet rules in appellate court brief

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 14 2012

In a brief filed with the D.C. Circuit court on Monday, the FCC defended its 2010 open Internet order, arguing that the net neutrality rules adopted in that order correspond with the FCC’s directive in Section 706 of the Communications Act to “encourage the deployment on a reasonable and timely basis of advanced telecommunications capability to all Americans.”

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FCC Chairman proposes to regulate broadband as a telecommunications service

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • May 6 2010

Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a proposal to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet access as a "telecommunications service" subject to Title II of the Communications Act, and the FCC's General Counsel outlined the Chairman's plans and reasoning.

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Stricter FCC prerecorded telemarketing rules coming soonincluding some that go beyond what the FTC already requires

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 14 2012

On Feb. 15, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued new rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) that primarily sought to reconcile the FCC’s regulations for prerecorded telemarketing with rules the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued several years ago, as we described here.

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FCC releases National Broadband Plan

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • March 17 2010

The Federal Communications Commission has released its National Broadband Plan, mandated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a 360-page document that outlines a series of goals and potential actions for the FCC, federal executive agencies and Congress.

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Net neutrality at the FCC: a critique of the legal reasoning of its net neutrality order

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 10 2011

An earlier Davis Wright Tremaine advisory described the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission's new "net neutrality" rulestransparency, no blocking, and no unreasonable discrimination.

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D.C. Circuit largely invalidates net neutrality rules: analysis and prospects

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • January 17 2014

On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC's 2010 "Open Internet" (or "net neutrality") rules that had banned

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FCC adopts new public notice requirements for registering antenna structures

  • Fish & Richardson PC
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  • USA
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  • December 13 2011

The FCC has adopted new procedures for providing public notice of towers that require Antenna Structure Registrations (ASRs).

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Increased Spanish-language programming obligation; emergency information access reminder; pending new contact information and complaint rules

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 21 2009

While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already requires that most English-language video programming be closed captioned for the hearing impaired, the FCC earlier this month issued a reminder that Spanish-language programming will also be subject to these requirements as of Jan. 1, 2010, and reminding video programming distributors of their obligations to make all emergency information accessible to persons with hearing and vision disabilities

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Challenge against net neutrality rules fails in Senate

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 18 2011

A Republican-led challenge against the FCC’s net neutrality order ended in defeat late last week as members of the U.S. Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval to roll back the rules, which will go into effect on November 20.

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FCC loses net neutrality suit

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
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  • USA
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  • April 7 2010

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the FCC lacks the authority to regulate Internet service providers' network management practices.

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House passes FCC “reform” legislation (HR 3309)

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
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  • USA
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  • April 2 2012

On March 27, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 3309, the “Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012.”

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Inside the burdens of the net neutrality rules

  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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  • USA
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  • August 11 2011

The Office of Management and Budget does not post the comments on its Paperwork Reduction Act reviews, like the FCC's recent notices regarding the net neutrality rules.

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Preparing to post your full-power or class a television station public inspection and political files on the FCC's website

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 27 2012

While most broadcasters have only seen a demonstration of the FCC’s new online Public Inspection File database, they must begin to use it in just one week’s time.

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Net neutrality rules to be published Sept. 23, 2011 and become effective Nov. 20, 2011

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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  • USA
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  • September 22 2011

Tomorrow the Federal Register will publish the FCC’s network neutrality rules and announce an effective date of Nov. 20, 2011 (which is 60 days after OMB’s approval was published on Sept. 21).

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Chairman Wheeler outlines next steps on network neutrality

  • Cooley LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 19 2014

Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to respond to last month's Court of Appeals decision affirming the FCC's authority to adopt rules

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Appeals court upholds FCC in universal service case

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 20 2012

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed the FCC a key legal victory by upholding an agency order that set aside for future broadband use monies from the universal service fund (USF) that had been designated for certain wireless eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs).

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Federal court sharply limits the FCC’s authority over broadband services

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • USA
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  • April 7 2010

The court's ruling will likely delay the implementation of several FCC initiatives to promote the deployment and use of broadband services.

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FCC exploring whether enhanced emergency communications requirements are needed

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 22 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a proceeding to examine possible new requirements on carriers' networks in the wake of widespread

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FCC exploring whether enhanced emergency communications requirements are needed

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 22 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a proceeding to examine possible new requirements on carriers' networks in the wake of widespread

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Telecom deadlines and headlines

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • June 24 2014

The Wireline Competition Bureau has announced the estimate of the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) fund size and contribution

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D.C. Circuit rebuffs Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to exercise jurisdiction over Comcast’s network management practices

  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
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  • USA
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  • April 6 2010

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in Comcast Corporation v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America, vacating a 2008 FCC order in which the agency asserted jurisdiction over Internet service providers pursuant to Title I of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. In its decision, the Court concluded that the FCC had failed to demonstrate that regulating the network management practices of non-common carriers, including Internet service providers like Comcast, was “reasonably ancillary to the . . . effective performance of its statutorily mandated responsibilities.”

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FCC adopts “network neutrality” rulemaking

  • Dow Lohnes PLLC
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  • USA
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  • October 22 2009

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning regulations that would be intended to "preserve an open Internet."

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FCC requirement for written consent for telemarketing “robocalls” and autodialed telemarketing to cell phones to be effective October 16, 2013

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
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  • USA
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  • October 17 2012

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced October 16, 2013, as the effective date for its new rules requiring companies to obtain prior express written consent from consumers before calling them with prerecorded telemarketing “robocalls” or before using an autodialer to call their wireless numbers with telemarketing messages.

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Arent Fox’s this week in telecom - June 17, 2013

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • June 17 2013

Welcome to the latest edition of Arent Fox's This Week in Telecom, our weekly newsletter designed to keep you apprised of recent developments in

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The mobile market

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • February 25 2013

At its February 20 Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a Report and Order authorizing the use of wireless signal boosters with the consent of wireless

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Unlicensed communications products and the FCC deploy carefully the network you save could be your own

  • Venable LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 27 2007

During the past two decades, the Federal Communications Commission has made substantial strides in encouraging the deployment of unlicensed communications networks, that is, low-power radio frequency (RF) services that are operated without FCC licenses.

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