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Spokeo Decision May Not Payoff for TCPA Defendants >

March 24, 2017

Keep Track of TCPA Developments at the FCC by Downloading Our 

March 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

Last year, the Supreme Court held that the violation of a statutory right alone does not satisfy the Constitution’s standing requirements absent a particularized and concrete injury, an injury in fact. The Supreme Court’s decision in...Continue Reading »

As Trump Administration Promises Deregulation, Should You Still Prioritize Privacy and Data Security? >

March 20, 2017


In 2017, businesses face growing uncertainty when deciding whether to prioritize privacy and data security compliance. 
The latest state of affairs is a study in contrasts:
  • The FCC’s latest privacy framework is under threat.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a joint statement with FTC Acting Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen issuing a temporary...
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Are Your Company’s Consumer Electronics Products Exempt from FCC Marketing Regulations? >

March 17, 2017

Consumer electronics are integral parts of the Internet of Things (“IoT”).  Manufacturers are designing and marketing consumer electronic devices that can perform functions that were unheard of only a year or so ago. The exponential growth of IoT is, in part, the result of manufacturers adding wireless modules into all manner of products, which...Continue Reading »

EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY - Regulatory Fee Implications of Various International Transmission Scenarios >

March 13, 2017

ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS:  Important Guidance on the Proper Regulatory Treatment of Various International Call Path Scenarios

The FCC has provided very little guidance to assist international service providers in correctly categorizing international service revenues for Form 499-A reporting purposes. Providers,...Continue Reading »

Cyber Insecurity: Surviving the IoT Cyberattack Pandemic >

March 13, 2017

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) is turning into a security nightmare.   More than 1 billion malware detections and incidents, affecting more than 100 million IoT devices, occurred during the June-November 2016 time period alone.   And, without IoT suppliers implementing the proper safeguards, the situation is only going to get worse.

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EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY: USF Wholesaler-Reseller Exemption - A Practical Guide to Compliance >

March 10, 2017

UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND:  FCC's Wholesaler-Reseller Exemption Requirements - A Practical Guide to Compliance

Through the years, both our law firm and its affiliated consulting arm, The Commpliance Group, have represented hundreds of telecommunications and VoIP service providers with an assortment of legal and regulatory compliance matters on a...Continue Reading »

What to Expect from Trump's FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai - Part 2 >

February 28, 2017

Part 2 of a 3-Part Series

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

This three-part series builds on the predictions made by Jonathan Marashlian in his December 9, 2016 article titled 9 Areas of Communications Law Policy Destined for Material Changes under Trump's FCC. Specifically, in this series,...

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

February 28, 2017

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 his presidency. Since taking the helm, Chairman Pai has...

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NTIA Grants IoT Stakeholders Additional Time to Comment on Policies that Could Make or Break Their Businesses >

February 28, 2017

In response to numerous requests for additional time, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) has extended the deadline for Internet of Things (“IoT”) stakeholders to submit comments that will be instrumental in shaping crucial U.S. policies on IoT.   This proceeding will critically impact virtually all...Continue Reading »

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 »

Chairman Pai Plans to Take Aggressive Action on TCPA Violations >

February 16, 2017

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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 »

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