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Chairman Pai to Delay Implementation of Data Security Rule, Criticizes Wheeler Privacy Order >

February 24, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai lodged his first attack against his predecessor’s signature privacy order today, calling for a stay of data security rules from the order scheduled to come into effect on March 2nd. 

The data security rule would have required internet service providers (ISPs), traditional telecommunications service providers, and...Continue Reading »

What to Expect from Trump's FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai - Part 1 >

February 23, 2017

What to Expect from Trump's FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series


Authored by Allison D. Rule, Partner, Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group

In a move predicted by industry insiders, President Trump appointed Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) in the early days of...Continue Reading »

Chairman Pai Plans to Take Aggressive Action on TCPA Violations >

February 16, 2017

Keep Track of TCPA Developments at the FCC by Downloading Our 

February 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

While there is a widely held view that new Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) Chairman Ajit Pai will roll back regulation and reduce enforcement risk for telecommunications providers, businesses involved in...Continue Reading »

Legal Limbo - Doing IoT Business in the Gray >

February 10, 2017

IoT attorneys Ron Quirk and Alex Schneider are featured in a new podcast presented by IoT-Inc:  Legal Limbo - Doing IoT Business in the Gray.  This podcast is a lively discussion about the current state of Internet of Things (“IoT”) regulation, and where IoT laws are headed in the not-too-distant future.
 
Because IoT products didn’t exist when...Continue Reading »

California PUC Adopts New Major Service Interruption Reporting Requirements >

February 8, 2017

The California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) recently adopted new reporting obligations for major service disruptions and outages. Pursuant to CPUC Decision 16-08-021, all certificated and registered telecommunications providers are responsible for providing the CPUC with any reports submitted to the FCC through its Network Outage...Continue Reading »

CommLaw Group Attorney Quoted in IT Business Edge Cybersecurity Article >

February 7, 2017

CommLaw Group IoT Attorney Ron Quirk was quoted in today's IT Business Edge article, Internet of Things Security a Serious Problem But Help is on the Way.
 
“The FCC points to a reality that is difficult to deal with:  The sheer number of IoT endpoints and the need that they be as inexpensive as possible makes it unlikely that vendors will...Continue Reading »

FCC Rescinds Cybersecurity White Paper: Related Rulemaking Proceeding Still in Effect >

February 6, 2017

In an Order issued today, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) rescinded its "Cybersecurity Risk Reduction" whitepaper ("Whitepaper), issued on January 18, 2017.  The FCC did not, however, discontinue its cybersecurity rulemaking, which remains in effect.

As detailed in a previous article on 5G security issues, the FCC has commenced a...Continue Reading »

MOBILE NOW Act Clears Committee: More 5G Spectrum & Infrastructure Streamlining On Tap >

February 1, 2017

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee recently approved the MOBILE NOW Act (S. 19 (the “Act”)), which will, among other things, release at least 255 MHz of federal and non-federal spectrum for commercial use, and streamline the application and permitting process for building broadband infrastructure on federal lands. ...Continue Reading »

CommLaw Group Attorney Publishes Cybersecurity Article in IoT Journal >

January 30, 2017

CommLaw Group IoT Attorney Ron Quirk, today published an article in IoT JournalFCC to IoT Device Vendors:  Implement Cybersecurity Now or We May Force You To.  The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has just announced that it should require "cyber accountability" of IoT equipment suppliers.  Cyber accountability - a combination of...Continue Reading »

Comment Dates Set for Critical FCC Notice of Inquiry on 5G CyberSecurity >

January 25, 2017

On December 16, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (“PSHSB”) issued a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”), seeking comment on critical issues concerning cybersecurity protections for fifth generation (“5G”) networks, services, and devices.   PSHSB is soliciting comments from all concerned...Continue Reading »

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January 25, 2017


Last month, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission”) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB”) denied a Petition filed by Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare, Inc., (“Kohll’s”) which sought an exemption from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  In the Petition, which we have previously written about, the Commission was...Continue Reading »

FCC Takes Narrow View on Informational Fax Exception Under TCPA >

January 25, 2017

Keep Track of TCPA Developments at the FCC by Downloading Our 

January 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission”) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“CGB”) denied a Petition filed by Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare, Inc., (“Kohll’s”) which sought an exemption from the Telephone...Continue Reading »

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