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Hearing aid compatibility enforcement actions
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On November 25, 2009, the Spectrum Enforcement Division (“SED”) of the Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (“NAL”) against Smith Bagley, Inc. (“SBI”), a Tier III wireless carrier, for apparently failing either to offer consumers at least eight digital wireless handset models that meet the FCC’s radio frequency interference standards for hearing aid compatibility (“HAC”), or to ensure that at least 50 of the handset models offered complied with the interference standards


Signal jamming company seeks new STA
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

CellAntenna Corporation filed a request for special temporary authority (an "STA") with the FCC to conduct a 15-minute demonstration of its wireless signal jamming technology at a vacant Maryland prison


Prepaid calling card bill
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Republicans in the House are raising concerns about H.R. 3993 (introduced in early November), a bill to require prepaid calling card providers to more explicitly disclose terms and fees to consumers


The possible reallocation of broadcast spectrum for broadband services sparks debate
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The FCC's National Broadband Plan Public Notice 26, which sought comment in December on whether TV broadcast spectrum should be repurposed for wireless broadband use, triggered significant debate among broadcasters, commercial wireless companies, and public safety entities


Wireless ETF bill introduced
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Also in early December, a new bill introduced by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Webb (D-VA) and Begich (D-AK) would require wireless carriers to pro-rate early termination fees ("ETFs"


The Federal-State Joint Board issues its annual universal service monitoring report
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

According to the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, the Universal Service Fund grew to $7 billion in 2008


FCC seeks comment on signal amplification techniques
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The FCC seeks comment on multiple petitions for rulemaking and petitions for declaratory rulings dating back to 2005 regarding the proper use of signal boosters on Part 22, 24, 27, and 90 licenses


DOJ ends antitrust inquiry into text messaging
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has concluded an inquiry into whether larger commercial wireless carriers colluded to increase text messaging rates


FCC proposes annual national testing of emergency alert system
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

In mid-January, the FCC released an NPRM seeking comment on proposed rules to require Emergency Alert System ("EAS") participants to participate in annual, nationwide testing of the EAS system and to provide their test results to the FCC


Satellite indemnification bill
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On December 23, the Senate approved H.R. 3819, the Commercial Space Launch Indemnification Extension, which enables the government to take on liability if a failed satellite launch attempt causes damage