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Joan E Neal

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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 23 Jul 2008

House and Senate Pass Bill Opening 911 Systems to VoIP Providers

In mid-June, the Senate unanimously approved Bill HR 3403 that will afford Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers the same interconnection rights to E911 emergency call services as other voice service providers. VoIP providers will have to register with the Federal Communications Commission in order to identify a 911 point of contact for public safety and government officials.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 23 Jul 2008

FCC Releases Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Concerning AWS Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission has released a further notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on proposed service rules for advanced wireless service spectrum in the 1.9 and 2.1 gigahertz bands, including rules that would require the licensee to provide free public access to a nationwide high-speed wireless broadband internet network.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 25 Jun 2008

Rural Group Petitions to Prohibit Exclusive Deals

The Rural Cellular Association has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for a rulemaking to prohibit exclusive distribution contracts between wireless carriers and manufacturers of wireless handsets. It argues that the lack of competitive handset suppliers prevents many consumers from obtaining premium equipment at reasonable prices.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 25 Jun 2008

New Net Neutrality Legislation Introduced, But Action This Year Unlikely

A new antitrust-based net neutrality bill that would affirmatively require operators to ensure equal treatment of all content, applications and services has been introduced. The Internet Freedom and Non-discrimination Act would amend the Clayton Act to prohibit discrimination, while permitting providers to use non-discriminatory traffic management practices.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 18 Jun 2008

FCC Starts Rulemaking to Re-auction 700 MHz D Block Licence

At its May open meeting the Federal Communications Commission unanimously adopted a further notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on how to re-auction the 700 megahertz D Block licence that was not acquired in the recent Auction 73. The notice seeks comment on a wide range of issues, including whether the proposed public-private partnership should be retained and overhauled.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 18 Jun 2008

Interim Universal Service Support Cap for Competitive Carriers

The Federal Communications Commission has voted in support of an interim cap on high-cost universal service support for competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs). The order established a state-by-state limit on total CETC support which will be implemented by means of a state reduction factor.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 14 May 2008

Chairman Martin and FCC Active in Net Neutrality and Open Access Debate

Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has indicated that in light of industry moves towards a more open wireless platform, he has circulated an order dismissing a petition filed by Skype which sought the application of Carterfone open access rules to the wireless industry.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 14 May 2008

Provider Changes and Customer Retention Efforts in FCC Spotlight

The Federal Communications Commission is considering two claims relating to provider changes and customer retention efforts. Verizon has asked it to declare that incumbent cable operators must accept video service cancellation requests from a new provider that has won a customer. Meanwhile, several cable companies allege that Verizon used voice service porting requests to trigger efforts to......
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 23 Apr 2008

Success of 700 MHz Auction Tainted by Controversies

Verizon Wireless and AT&T were the biggest winners in the 700 megahertz auction, collectively accounting for $16.3 billion of the total bids. However, the Federal Communications Commission has been asked to investigate why the D Block - which is supposed to serve as part of a public-private interoperable broadband public safety network - attracted only one bid.
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Morrison & Foerster LLP | 23 Apr 2008

FCC Bans Exclusive Telecoms Contracts in Multi-tenant Housing

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved an order prohibiting telephone companies from entering into exclusive service contracts with residential multiple-tenant developments. The order also retroactively blocks the enforcement of existing exclusive contracts. The ban complements a 2007 order prohibiting cable operators from signing exclusive contracts with multi-tenant......
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