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New Chief of FCC Enforcement Bureau Likely Signals Continued De-Politicization and Return to Strict Application of Law >

June 22, 2017

On June 21, 2017, FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, announced his decision to tap Rosemary Harold to lead the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.  Ms. Harold has been a partner with the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer since 2011 and is best known for her media experience.  Prior to joining Wilkinson, Ms. Harold served as a legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Robert...Continue Reading »

Website Linked to Physical Store Must Be Accessible to Visually Impaired Customers >

June 22, 2017

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida decided the case of Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. in favor of Plaintiff; awarded attorney fees and entered an injunction against the grocery chain.  The court ruled that a Winn-Dixie website that was tightly linked to its physical store locations must be accessible to...Continue Reading »

Is Your Telecom Company Wasting Money on "Common Carrier Compliance" for its "Private Carrier" Services? >

June 14, 2017

DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH OUR ADVISORY DISTRIBUTION VENDOR, NOT ALL CLIENTS RECEIVED YESTERDAY'S IMPORTANT ADVISORY.  WE ARE RE-SENDING AND APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE RECEIVING DUPLICATIVE MESSAGES.

Is Your Telecom Company Wasting Money on "Common Carrier Compliance" for its "Private Carrier" Services?

FCC PRONOUNCEMENT CLARIFYING THE...

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FCC Endorsement of Private Carriage is Signal to Industry to Take Advantage of Deregulatory Opportunity >

June 13, 2017

DISCLAIMERS: This Advisory has been prepared for informational purposes only.  It is not for the purpose of providing legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship between Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC and you.  You should not act upon the information set forth herein without seeking experienced counsel.  
 
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FCC Seeks Comment on Speeding Deployment Of Broadband Services to Multi-Unit Premises >

June 5, 2017

Concerned that its current policies on contractual and non-contractual arrangements between service providers and owners/managers of commercial multiple tenant environments (“MTEs”  such as apartment buildings, condominiums, shopping malls, etc.) might be hindering deployment of broadband deployment to those multi-unit premises, the Federal...Continue Reading »

Comment Deadlines Extended for Critical FCC Rulemaking on Speeding Deployment of Wireless Broadband Infrastructure >

May 31, 2017

The FCC has issued an Order extending the comment deadlines in the critical FCC rulemaking wherein the Commission proposes the removal of regulatory roadblocks in order to streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure for 5G services.  The new deadline for submitting comments will be June 15, 2017.  Reply comments will be due no by July...Continue Reading »

FCC Denies Stratos Petition for Declaratory Ruling - Clarifies Narrow Scope of "Government-Only" USF Exemption >

May 24, 2017

On May 24, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) released an order denying Stratos Government Services, Inc.’s (“Stratos”) Petition for Clarification or a Declaratory Ruling to broaden the exemption from Universal Service Fund (“USF”) contribution obligations for carriers...Continue Reading »

FCC Sanctions RF Equipment Supplier and Threatens to Disqualify Future Violators from Marketing Their Devices in the U.S. >

May 23, 2017

Today the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued an Order and Consent Decree, imposing a steep fine and other sanctions on a manufacturer/distributor of LED light fixtures who failed to comply with the FCC’s radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment authorization rules before marketing a line of light fixtures.  The devices reportedly caused...Continue Reading »

Comment Deadline Set for Critical FCC Rulemaking on Speeding Deployment of Wireless Broadband Infrastructure >

May 9, 2017

The clock is ticking for wireless broadband stakeholders and municipalities that want to have their voices heard in the critical FCC rulemaking wherein the Commission proposes the removal of regulatory roadblocks in order to streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure for 5G services.  With the scheduled publication of the Notice of...Continue Reading »

FCC Reinstates UHF Discount >

April 28, 2017


On April 21, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) granted a petition for reconsideration of an order it issued last year abolishing the Ultra High Frequency (“UHF”) discount. By granting the petition, the Commission is reinstating the UHF discount, at least temporarily. The Commission reinstated the discount on a...Continue Reading »

FCC Seeks Comment on Plans to Reduce Barriers to Broadband Investment >

April 27, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to solicit industry input on a series of proposed wireline infrastructure rules designed to promote broadband investment.
 
At issue in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Notice of Inquiry, and Request for Comment are “regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment” not only at...Continue Reading »

FCC Tees Up Critical Proposals to Speed Deployment of Wireless Broadband Infrastructure: Federal vs. Local Authority at Issue >

April 24, 2017

CommLaw Group Attorney Ron Quirk was quoted in a recent Law360 article: “FCC's Infrastructure Votes Pave Way for Bold 5G Push.”  In its just released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry, the FCC has teed up critical proposals to remove regulatory roadblocks and streamline the deployment of wireless infrastructure for 5G...Continue Reading »

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