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FCC’s Enforcement Dragnet Expands: Two LED Sign Manufacturers Caught, Sanctioned, and Subjected to Substantial Fines >

April 25, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) last week issued two Orders and Consent Decrees against LED sign manufacturers for violating the its RF equipment rules.  The first decree, involving a Canadian company, resulted in, among other things, a $19,500 civil penalty.  The second decree implicating a U.S. company, led to a $39,500 fine....Continue Reading »

FREE BLOCKCHAIN WEBINAR: Co-hosted by Marashlian & Donahue and Achievion Solutions >

April 7, 2018

On May 24 at 11:00 am, Marashlian & Donahue's Internet of Things and Connected Devices practice will team up with Achievion Solutions to present a 90 minute webinar/workshop on blockchain technologies 
and legal issues. Attendance is free and open to all. 

Topic:  Blockchain Implementation & Legal Challenges 

 
Details:  May 24, 2018 from...
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FCC Takes Aim at China with Proposed Limits on USF Recipients’ Purchase of Equipment and Services >

March 30, 2018

A pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) raises new national security concerns about the equipment and services used by Universal Service Fund (USF) beneficiaries. Specifically, the NPRM would seek comment on whether and how the FCC should prohibit USF funds from being used to purchase equipment or...Continue Reading »

FCC May Adopt New Rural Call Completion Rules Imposing Burdens on Carriers Leveraging Least Cost Routing >

March 30, 2018

The FCC announced that, at its April 17, 2018 Open Meeting, it will consider the adoption of new rules designed to improve the completion of calls made to rural locations in the United States, as well as a new notice of proposed rulemaking to consider even more rules needed to implement the "Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of...Continue Reading »

DC Circuit Partially Overturns FCC's 2015 TCPA Omnibus Order >

March 23, 2018

Keep Track of TCPA Developments at the FCC by Downloading Our 

March 2018 TCPA Compliance Monitoring Report
 

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit partially overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Omnibus Order. For now, the decision introduces a degree of...Continue Reading »

FCC USF Fee Factor Decreases to 18.4% for Q2 2018 >

March 19, 2018

The FCC Managing Director issued a Public Notice on March 9, 2018, announcing the proposed universal service contribution factor for the second quarter of 2018 will be 18.4 percent, down from the current 19.5 percent.
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FCC Declaratory Ruling May Adversely Impact Your Company's Current Invoice Disclosure Practices >

March 19, 2018

Declaratory Ruling Changes Truth-in-Billing Requirements
 
On March 15, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Declaratory Ruling in response to eight key questions posed by a Federal District Court regarding telecommunications carriers’ bill descriptions and whether they violate the Commission’s...Continue Reading »

New Mexico Utility Commission Orders Service Providers to Submit Information on State USF >

March 6, 2018

A New Mexico Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner has directed carriers contributing to the New Mexico Universal Service Fund to provide additional information and clarification on communications connections to determined next steps on regulations. The request has a broad reach – requiring information from any carrier that provides any...Continue Reading »

Get An Answer Fast: Find Out In Minutes If A Legal Consultation On New Privacy Regulations is Necessary for Your Business >

March 1, 2018

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Attention U.S. Businesses:  You may not be exempt from a new privacy regulation that comes into effect in the European Union (EU) in less than three months.

This new regulation is unlike the rules with which you may be familiar.  EU lawmakers are applying the new General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR)...Continue Reading »

Altice Appeals USAC's Retroactive Application of Higher Evidentiary Standard to FCC's 10% Rule >

February 7, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) released an Order last year that elevates the audit risk to private line service providers labeling revenues as “intrastate.”
 
According to the Order, private line service providers may no longer rely on any “presumption” that services are intrastate.  Instead,...Continue Reading »

Reminder: Annual CPNI Privacy Certifications Due March 1st >

February 7, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau issued a reminder today that carriers and interconnected VoIP service providers are required to submit their annual Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) privacy certifications by March 1st.
 
CPNI rules have been in effect since 2007, but were briefly slated to...Continue Reading »

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