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Credit Unions Seek TCPA Exception for Calls to Customers' Wireless Numbers >

October 18, 2017

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October 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

Last month, the Credit Union National Association (“CUNA”) asked the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) to create an Established Business Relationship (“EBR”) exception to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...Continue Reading »

FCC Considering New 911 Regulations for Enterprise Communications Providers >

September 29, 2017


This week, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) issued a wide ranging Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) seeking comment on the use of Enterprise Communications Systems (“ECS”) and the functionality of 911 calling from an ECS. The NOI is a first step in the Commission’s attempt to understand and potentially regulate how ECS...Continue Reading »

FCC Monitoring RF Equipment Sellers’ Websites; Recently Found Company in Violation and Threatens Severe Sanctions >

September 28, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has again made it clear that it will not tolerate companies that manufacture, market, or distribute radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment that is not compliant with its rules.  The FCC recently released a Citation and Order against an RF equipment dealer that advertised non-compliant audio/visual...Continue Reading »

House Passes Self-Driving Car Bill, IoT Component Manufacturers Expect Booming Business >

September 15, 2017

Congress has prioritized self-driving vehicle legislation. With broad support from heavy hitters from Silicon Valley and Detroit, a final bill could be ready for the President’s signature within a matter of months. The resulting law and the regulations promulgated as a result will surely impact the IoT industry in a big way.  IoT components...

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Unclear Regulatory Classification of Mobile Calling Apps and the Impact of Uncertainty on Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits >

September 11, 2017

Given the increasing prevalence of mobile calling apps over the last several years, there has been great confusion, uncertainty, and speculation as to how the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “the Commission”) views such services for regulatory purposes. As mobile app companies mature and become acquisition targets of larger...Continue Reading »

How to Assess Whether Your VoIP Business is Eligible for Lightly Regulated Private Carrier Status >

September 11, 2017

Telecommunications regulation is not one-size-fits-all. Services fall within regulatory classifications that are associated with differing levels of requirements and fees. This advisory discusses how companies offering Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services have the ability to structure their services to take advantage of the most...

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FCC Annual Regulatory Fees Due by September 26th - 25% Penalty for Late Payment >

September 8, 2017

Annual FCC Regulatory Fees

Most Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) licensees and other regulated entities must pay regulatory fees annually to offset costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, public service, international, policy, and rulemaking activities. Fee amounts change each year and vary by type of activity. On...Continue Reading »

Harsh TCPA Enforcement Trend Emerging Under Chairman Pai >

August 22, 2017

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August 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

If once is chance, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a trend, there’s now a clear trend pointing to robust Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) enforcement under the Pai Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or...Continue Reading »

Will it be “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!?” Or will it be “more of the same” swamp-infested Washington, D.C. policymaking? >

August 21, 2017

In September 2016, candidate Donald J. Trump, speaking at the Economic Club in New York, pledged to create 25 million new jobs over the next decade.  Mr. Trump declared himself to be a champion of the working class and small business interests, vowing a return to the heyday of American manufacturing and small town economic strength: “My...Continue Reading »

Thanks to Congress, the future of CPNI looks much like its past >

August 14, 2017

How outdated FCC privacy regulations are here to stay

Not too long ago, Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules were slated for elimination. When the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Tom Wheeler adopted new privacy rules late last year, the FCC planned to phase out existing CPNI-specific rules, such as the annual...Continue Reading »

Call to Action: Don't Let Them Take Away Your 3.5 GHz Spectrum! Tell the FCC "NO" by August 8! >

August 2, 2017

As discussed in a previous post, T-Mobile USA, Inc. ("T-Mobile") is petitioning the FCC to gut the core purpose of the current rules governing the 3550-3700 MHz spectrum band ("3.5 GHz" band), which is to lower the barrier of entry of smaller carriers into the wireless 5G business by   allowing commercial shared use of 3.5 GHz via licensed and...Continue Reading »

Calling Platform Providers Put on Notice of TCPA Liability with $2.9 Million Fine >

July 18, 2017

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July 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

In what is surely a troubling event for calling platform providers, the FCC last week announced a nearly $2.9 Million forfeiture against the operator of a dialing platform for making unauthorized “robocalls” to mobile telephone numbers...Continue Reading »

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