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Arent Fox's this week in telecom - October 21, 2013

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 21 2013

The next Open Meeting of the FCC will be held October 28, 2013. The Final Agenda contains three items: the Rural Call Completion Report and Order and

In the courts

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 5 2010

On June 29, 2010, a California appeals court upheld Verizon Wireless's settlement of a class action lawsuit that challenged its practice of charging $175 early termination fees

In the courts

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 19 2010

On July 13, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck down, for the second time, the FCC's indecency policy in Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FCC, Case Nos. 06-1760-ag et al

In the courts

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 12 2010

On July 8, 2010, at the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the FCC defended its adoption of the Enforcement Bureau's decision that "the California PUC is the more appropriate forum for determining the reasonable compensation rate for CLEC North County's termination of intrastate, intraMTA traffic originated by CMRS provider MetroPCS

Developments in intercarrier compensation

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 19 2010

On July 16, 2010, in the access charge lawsuit captioned Qwest Commc'ns Co. LLC v. Tekstar Commc’ns, Inc., No. 0:10-cv-00490-MJD-SRN, Judge Davis of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota granted the motion of Tekstar to stay the case and refer several questions of regulatory policy to the FCC under the doctrine of primary jurisdiction

In the courts

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • July 26 2010

On July 20, 2010, Chief Judge Karen Schreier of the US District Court for the District of South Dakota, over the objections of the plaintiff (Splitrock Properties) and defendant (Qwest Communications), referred the three principal issues in that access-related litigation to the FCC

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) developments

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 8 2010

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) won a temporary restraining order against Inc21, an Internet services company which allegedly crammed unauthorized charges onto the telephone bills of thousands of consumers and small businesses for services those customers never agreed to buy

Telecom privacy news

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 22 2010

The State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance criticized the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in recent comments regarding a rulemaking under the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA

In the courts

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 22 2010

On March 15, 2010, the US District Court for the District of South Dakota granted the motions of Sancom, Inc. and Northern Valley Communications, LLC, both rural CLECs and clients of Telecom Group Partner Ross Buntrock, to refer several key issues in their access charge cases against Sprint to the FCC under the doctrine of primary jurisdiction

Telecom privacy news

  • Arent Fox LLP
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  • USA
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  • March 29 2010

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court last week in City of Ontario v. Quon, Case 08-1332. EFF said that text messages should be entitled to constitutional privacy protections prohibiting warrantless law enforcement searches