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In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • December 3 2012

On November 21, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California preliminarily approved a $14 million settlement of a class action suit in which landowners claimed that Qwest, Sprint, Level 3, and WilTel installed fiber-optic lines on their property without asking for their permission or providing compensation


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • April 23 2012

On April 18, 2012, the FCC filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Third Circuit and reinstate the $550,000 fine imposed on CBS for the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” during the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcements
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • June 4 2012

The FCC has released a detailed Fact Sheet about Connect2Compete, billed as “the First Multilingual, Multinational, National Ad Council Campaign on Digital Literacy”


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • April 26 2010

On April 7, 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that American Fiber Systems' dark fiber was subject to the State's ad valorem tax on the property of interexchange telecommunications carriers


Arent Fox’s This Week in Telecom - September 3, 2013
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • September 3 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


Stimulus this week
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • May 23 2011

On May 6, 2011, the Department of Commerce Inspector General (DOC IG) Todd Zinser released a report calling for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to improve the way it handles complaints about Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant awards


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • May 16 2011

On May 10, 2011, Klausner Technologies filed a patent-infringement suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against various parties, including carriers Paetec, Primus, Windstream, and XO, and manufacturers Alcatel-Lucent, NEC, Samsung, Siemens, and Toshiba


Broadband news
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • August 23 2010

This week it was reported that numerous Internet and telecommunications companies met to discuss Open Internet issues at the offices of the Information Technology Industry Council, but without the involvement of FCC officials


In the courts
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

On November 23, 2010, the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a Pennsylvania township's motion to dismiss a zoning-related suit brought by wireless tower developer Global Tower LLC under section 704 of the Telecommunications Act


Stimulus this week
  • Arent Fox LLP
  • USA
  • December 6 2010

On November 24, 2010, the National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) sent a letter to US House and Senate leadership with a copy of its resolution adopted at NARUC's 2010 Annual Meeting on November 17, 2010, supporting adequate funding for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to perform oversight of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP