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FCC order creating “shot clock” for state and local tower siting review is challenged
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Not unexpectedly, the FCC’s November order establishing a "shot clock" under which state and local governments must review and act upon tower siting requests has been challenged by several government entities


Issuance of Bureau’s first Enforcement Advisories
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On January 15, Bureau Chief Michelle Ellison announced a new initiative with the release of the first Enforcement Advisories addressing consumer protection issues


New bill would allow larger groups of FCC commissioners to meet
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

H.R. 4167, introduced in early December by Representative Stupak (D-MI.) would allow three or more FCC commissioners to meet behind closed doors provided a member from both political parties is also present


More than 9,600 paging licenses to be auctioned
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Auction No. 87, in which more than 9,600 paging licenses will be made available to bidders, is scheduled to begin May 25, 2010


FCC expands services supported under E-Rate program
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The FCC issued an order listing the services that will be eligible for discounts under the universal service Schools and Libraries or "E-Rate" Program in 2010, including certain newly supported services


The FCC considers interim changes to the non-rural high-cost Universal Service Program
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The FCC issued a further notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on various "interim changes" to the universal service mechanism that provides high-cost support to carriers operating in non-rural areas


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