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FCC Proposes Increased Service Obligations on Wireless Licensees Seeking Renewal

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has released a draft Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on renewal requirements and permanent discontinuance rules for a variety of wireless services.[1]  The Draft Further Notice proposes new rules—such as additional renewal term construction obligations to enhance rural build-out—that, if adopted, would have far-reaching implications for wireless licensees.

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Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband

Are your EU products compliant? Transitional period ended on 12 June 2017

The new EU Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EC (“RED”) applies to all radio equipment, such as products with mobile communication, Bluetooth or WiFi. It is replacing the former EU Directive on Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment 1999/5/EC (“R&TTE Directive”).

RED has been applicable since 13 June 2016 but provided a one-year transitional period, during which companies were allowed to continue placing … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Falk Schoening

BEREC stakeholder forum: Revisiting the scope of bundling in the EU

At the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)’s annual stakeholder forum in Brussels, bundling in the telecom sector came under the spotlight, and in particular some questions were aimed at whether “bundled” offers were legal.

On the occasion of the BEREC forum, we thought it useful to revisit European rules on bundling which are relevant both from a … Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Charlie Hawes

DSM Watch – EU Commission’s “Connectivity Package” proposes major reforms of telecommunications law

On 14 September 2016 the Commission unveiled an ambitious overhaul of EU telecommunications law. The proposed reforms are the centrepiece of what the Commission is calling its “Connectivity Package”.

This is a bundle of legislative proposals and related initiatives released under the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy whose common goal is to dramatically increase the speed and geographic coverage of … Continue Reading

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 Jamie PollockAlice Wallace-Wright

A conscious uncoupling: Ofcom’s proposals for Openreach

Ofcom’s announcement of plans to make Openreach a “legally separate” company within BT have been met with muted cheers from some in the telecoms world, while others caution that the proposals do not go far enough to ensure the UK gets the investment it needs.

In February of this year, the regulator set out a ten-year vision for ensuring the … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Trey HanburyCharlie Hawes

EU and US regulators rush to update telecom rules

Regulators in the European Union and United States are racing to rewrite telecom rules for a host of new technologies ranging from over-the-top voice to ultra high-speed wireless broadband. But does the regulatory mantra of “new rules for new times” represent the foundation of the new digital economy or its undoing?

Are regulations mandating an open internet the key to … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Policy & Regulation Mark Brennan

FCC Circulates Privacy Rulemaking and Announces Commission Vote

On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a highly anticipated broadband data privacy and security Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to the other Commissioners, slating the proposals for a full Commission vote at the agency’s March 31 Open Meeting.  The rules would apply to internet service providers (“ISPs”), but organizations throughout the online data ecosystem will want … Continue Reading

Posted in Telecoms & Broadband

Bienvenidos a Cuba! FCC Removes Cuba from its Exclusion List for International Section 214 Authorizations

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) adopted an Order making it easier for telecommunications providers to provide facilities-based services such as undersea submarine cables and satellite services, between the United States and Cuba.

As previously noted, in December 2014 the Obama Administration took executive action to ease trade sanctions and export controls against Cuba, which included efforts … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Internet, Telecoms & Broadband Logan BreedMeghan Edwards Ford Rissmiller

US antitrust lessons from the proposed Comcast/TWC merger

Comcast’s failed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) presents a lesson in the types of antitrust harms that merger enforcers in the United States are willing to pursue.

Using traditional “horizontal” merger analysis, the combination would have resulted in almost no reduction of head-to-head competition, as there were very few geographic areas in which the two companies were head-to-head rivals.  … Continue Reading

Posted in Policy & Regulation, Telecoms & Broadband Mark Brennan

U.S. FCC Decision Triggers Potential Sea Change in Broadband ISP Data Privacy and Security Requirements

In its recent Open Internet Order (“Order”), the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) determined that broadband Internet access services are appropriately classified as common carrier “telecommunications services” under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In doing so, the agency established itself as the primary U.S. data privacy and security regulator for those services and triggered additional requirements under the Act. It … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum

Please join us for the third annual Winnik International Telecoms & Internet Forum, which will be held on 22 October 2014 at Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. office. This forum brings together professionals from around the world for an afternoon of high-level discussion on current topics in international telecoms, media, and the Internet landscape. Please register using the link on the
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Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

D.C. Circuit Strikes Down Network Neutrality Rules

In a highly anticipated decision, the D.C. Circuit has struck down key provisions of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) network neutrality regulation that banned blocking lawful content and prohibited fixed broadband providers from unreasonably discriminating among content providers.  While the majority of the three-judge panel concluded that section 706 of the Telecommunications Act gives the FCC authority to promulgate rules … Continue Reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Copyright, Entertainment & Content, Internet, Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband

Time Warner Cable’s latest victory proves significant for the communications infrastructure industry

On December 13, 2012 the Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that the City of San Antonio’s electric company had discriminated against Time Warner Cable and in favor of AT&T. The PUC found that the discrimination occurred with respect to the rates (that were four to five times as high), terms and conditions for access to the utility’s poles (including … Continue Reading

Posted in Licensing, Policy & Regulation, Spectrum, Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

Sequestration Could Potentially Delay Telecom Deals and Slow Smartphone Offerings, But Should Not Affect Phone Subsidy and Auction Programs

When last year’s “supercommittee” failed to reach consensus on a plan to reduce the deficit, it set in motion $1.2 trillion in defense and non-defense spending cuts for 2013. If Congress does not act to prevent this “sequestration” by January 2, 2013, the budget axe will fall across virtually every element of the US government. The Office of Management and … Continue Reading

Posted in Telecoms & Broadband Trey Hanbury

Superstorm Sandy Foreshadows a New Paradigm for Protecting Critical Communications and Electric Infrastructure

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy sent a fourteen-foot storm surge through New York City. Winds ravaged aerial infrastructure and water cascaded through subway tunnels and utility conduit systems, leading to a series of power station failures that left Wall Street and the rest of Manhattan below 34th Street without electrical power and with only minimal voice and data … Continue Reading