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Alexander Maltas

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Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Alexander MaltasTony Lin

A Comparison of the DOJ and FCC Merger Review Processes: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Several recent high-profile mergers in the communications industry have faced scrutiny from multiple U.S. federal agencies.  These transactions, both successful and unsuccessful, have drawn attention to the process by which the U.S. government approves or blocks mergers and acquisitions in the communications and broadband Internet industries.  Parallel investigations by both the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Justice highlight … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Alexander MaltasMark Brennan

Common Carriers Exempt from FTC Regulation, Ninth Circuit Holds

Last week, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel issued a significant decision that holds that common carriers are categorically exempt from Section 5 of the FTC Act—even for activities unrelated to common carriage.  See AT&T Mobility LLC. v. Fed. Trade Comm’n, No. 15-16585, 2016 WL 4501685 (9th Cir. Aug. 29, 2016).  This opinion has potentially far-reaching implications for the telecommunications … Continue Reading

Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Alexander Maltas

The Sixth Circuit Strikes Down the FCC’s Preemption of State Restrictions on Municipal Broadband Providers

On August 10, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Order that had sought to preempt Tennessee’s and North Carolina’s laws restricting local municipalities’ ability to provide broadband service.  The Court found that the FCC had exceeded its statutory authority by preempting state laws without clear authorization from Congress.… Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Alexander Maltas

The FCC’s Consumer Broadband Labels: An avenue for meeting the FCC’s Open Internet transparency requirements?

On April 4, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in collaboration with the Consumer Financial Protraction Bureau, unveiled standardized consumer broadband labels that will list information about the price and performance of fixed and mobile broadband service. While the FCC will not require broadband providers to adopt the broadband labels, the FCC explained that the labels will provide a safe … Continue Reading

Posted in Entertainment & Content, Internet, Policy & Regulation Alexander MaltasTom Peters

India Decision on Zero Rating Highlights Uncertainty Across Borders Regarding Zero-rating Mobile Data Services

A recent decision by India’s telecom regulator to prohibit differential charges for Internet content – which effectively blocked Facebook from offering its Free Basics service in the country – highlights how regulators around the globe continue to work through whether and how “zero-rating” data services may be permissible under their country’s net neutrality framework.  Zero-rating services allow consumers to access … Continue Reading