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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


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


Telecom taxes
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

Both houses of Congress introduced bills in 2009 affecting telecom-related taxes


FCC asks for extension until March of delivery for National Broadband Plan; broadband mapping grant awards issued on rolling basis
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On January 7, 2010, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski asked for a one-month extension of the deadline to deliver the National Broadband Plan ("NBP") to Congress


Unauthorized assignments of licenses
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

On December 14, 2009, the Bureau released an order adopting a Consent Decree with BNSF Railway Co. (“BNSF”) terminating an investigation of BNSF’s compliance with Section 310(d) of the Communications Act in connection with the sale to another railroad of BNSF’s communication system for a portion of railroad track


Intercarrier compensation developments
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

A number of long-pending access charge and other intercarrier compensation issues were finally clarified in the last couple of months