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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 16 Jan 2008

AT&T-Dobson Consent Marks Change in FCC Approach to Merger Review

The recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) consenting to the merger of AT&T Inc and Dobson Communications Corporation represents a shift in how the FCC reviews mergers of wireless carriers. Most significantly, the FCC adopted a higher spectrum threshold to screen transactions for potential competitive harm.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 16 Jan 2008

FCC Issues Rulemaking to Revise Pole Attachment Policies

The Federal Communications Commission has released the text of its notice of proposed rulemaking regarding further revisions to its regulations implementing Section 224 of the Communications Act. This statute confers on cable television systems and telecommunications carriers the right to pole attachments at just and reasonable rates, terms and conditions.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 16 Jan 2008

FCC Weighs Up Ban on Exclusive Telecommunications Service Contracts

It has been reported that, in the course of approving the report and order banning exclusive video service contracts in multiple dwelling units (MDUs) and other real estate developments, the Federal Communications Commission commissioners agreed in principle to a similar ban on exclusive telecommunications service contracts in MDUs.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 28 Nov 2007

FCC Expands Local Number Portability to VoIP

At its October open meeting the Federal Communications Commission gave consumers a Halloween treat by extending local number portability requirements to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers. Going forward, consumers will be able to keep their current local phone number when moving to or from an interconnected VoIP provider.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 28 Nov 2007

Disputes over Access Charges Continue to Engage Regulatory Attention

Although the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) long-running intercarrier compensation reform rulemaking remains pending, the current access charge regime continues to spawn new issues. For example, the FCC recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking to investigate cost, demand and tariffing issues raised by the ongoing traffic pumping dispute.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 28 Nov 2007

Incidents Reinvigorate Calls for Net Neutrality and Trigger Consumer Petition

A series of apparent content-blocking incidents have raised new calls to consider net neutrality restrictions, including filings with the Federal Communications Commission seeking rulings on some of the incidents. Senators Byron Dorgan and Olympia Snowe raised concerns and requested a Senate Commerce Committee hearing into these incidents to determine whether more federal regulation is needed.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 24 Oct 2007

FCC Relaxes Regulation of BOC Long-Distance Services

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has substantially liberalized its regulation of the in-region, long-distance services of the Bell operating companies (BOCs). The new order states that the FCC agrees with the BOCs that they no longer hold the market power in the provision of in-region long-distance services.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 24 Oct 2007

FCC Adopts Level E911 Location Accuracy Testing Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new wireless enhanced 911 location accuracy testing rules based upon an 11th-hour filing by two public safety groups. Although the text of the FCC's decision has not yet been released, it appears to mirror the public safety groups' proposal generally.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 26 Sep 2007

New Band and Roaming Rules Apply to the Wireless Industry

The Federal Communications Commission has released an order modifying the rules for the 700 megahertz band, scheduled the auction for January 16 2008 and is seeking comment on the procedures to use in the auction. In addition, it has released an order mandating automatic wireless roaming service for voice and certain data services.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 26 Sep 2007

Federal Bureau Investigates Switched Access Tariffs

A Federal Communications Commission bureau has released two orders in connection with the growing 'traffic pumping' dispute involving rural incumbent local exchange carriers accused of manipulating terminating interstate traffic in order to inflate their terminating access revenues.
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