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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 »

DC Circuit Strikes Down FCC’s Opt-Out Rule for Solicited Fax Advertisements >

April 20, 2017

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April 2017 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report

On March 31, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) stuck down the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) requirement that solicited fax advertisements must include information on how to opt-out of...Continue Reading »

Valuable Lessons from FCC Decisions on Three USAC Appeals >

April 19, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently weighed in on three pending disputes in the Universal Service Contribution Methodology docket.  These cases are helpful in understanding the FCC’s approach when considering appeals of USAC decisions.  In the series of decisions, the FCC (1) clarified how it views evidence used to support...Continue Reading »

House Republicans Ask FCC to Continue Enforcing ISP Privacy, For Now >

April 14, 2017

Last week, a group of House Republicans sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) Chairman Ajit Pai asking the Commission to continue enforcing privacy promises made by internet service providers (“ISP”). In the wake of Congressional Republicans’ move to strike down privacy rules put in place for ISPs by the FCC...Continue Reading »

FCC Offers Webinar for Incumbent Licensees in the 3650-3700 MHz Band on Filing for Grandfathered Wireless Protection Zone >

April 12, 2017

The FCC is holding a free webinar on April 13, 2017 to assist existing license holders in the 3650-3700 MHz Band make the necessary filings with the FCC to obtain a Grandfathered Wireless Protection Zone for their licensed spectrum.  Any existing license holder may wish to participate in the webinar as the window for requesting protection...Continue Reading »

Locus Addresses Private Carrier Revenue Exemption Issues with FCC Commissioners >

April 11, 2017

Locus Telecommunications, LLC (“Locus” or “the Company”) recently filed two Ex Parte letters (see Letter 1 and Letter 2), recounting its meetings with Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) staff last week to discuss its pending  Request for Review and Petition for Declaratory Ruling seeking relief relative to the unlawful...Continue Reading »

FCC Clarifies USF Classification of Revenue for Mixed Use Private Lines >

April 5, 2017


Last month, the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) Wireline Competition Bureau (“WCB”) issued an Order clarifying that “the nature of the traffic carried on a private line […] is the primary determinant of the proper jurisdictional assignment of the line and associated revenues.” WCB also determined the ten percent...Continue Reading »

Register Now: Making Sense of Congress' Vote to Eliminate FCC Privacy Rules >

March 30, 2017

PRIVACY & SECURITY IN THE TRUMP ERA

The FCC’s new privacy rules were the latest casualties of the Trump Administration’s deregulatory agenda this week as Congress voted to eliminate the rules. After receiving a slight majority vote in the Senate, a resolution overturning the FCC’s privacy rules passed in the House of Representatives by a slim 215-205 vote on March 28th.
 
The...Continue Reading »

FCC Starts with Low Hanging Fruit on Path to Implementing Trump-Era Deregulatory Agenda >

March 28, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai endorsed two major policy initiatives last week seeking to reduce international reporting requirements and disrupt illegal robocalling.  The release of the new Notices of Proposed Rulemaking signals to industry observers that the period of transition at the FCC has officially come to an...Continue Reading »

Spokeo Decision May Not Payoff for TCPA Defendants >

March 24, 2017

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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 »

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