The government’s ability to conduct the upcoming Census is under threat from an unlikely source – the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
I’m currently watching a wonderful new show called “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” on Amazon Prime. It’s a comedy about a recent divorcee in Manhattan in the early 1960s who decides to become a stand-up comedian. As I’m watching the show my thoughts drift to the magnitude of difference between the fictitious Midge Maisel watching Bob Newhart on her 1960s-era television and my present day Sunday night viewing experience.
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. 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. In 2010, the FCC proposed to “create consistent requirements for renewal of [wireless spectrum] licenses and consistent consequences for discontinuance of service, and to clarify construction obligations for spectrum licenses that have
The Internet of Things (“IoT”) connects markets and supply chains around the world. Industry, governments and consumers around the world are embracing IoT technologies to improve research and public policy, to accelerate service delivery and to monitor global development programs across healthcare, agriculture, natural resource management, climate, and energy sectors. Industry experts project that between 20 to 30 billion IoT devices will connect to the internet by 2020. Some estimate that IoT could generate up to $11.1 trillion per year in economic value across industries, comprising up to 11 percent
EDITOR’S NOTE: We are excited to present this entry in our TMT2020 series, which reflects the key technology, media, and telecoms legal issues that are expected to impact today’s organizations and tomorrow’s marketplace. It also provides an opportunity to highlight contributions by TMT associates across our global offices and practice areas. Today’s smartphones rely on mobile broadband connectivity that is supported in large part by cellular base stations installed on traditional antenna towers. But the smartphones and other connected consumer electronic devices of tomorrow will connect over dense networks using much
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral argument for March 17, 2016, in an important case regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) ability to preempt state laws that place restrictions on local municipalities’ ability to provide their own broadband networks. Today, 20 states limit the ability of local governmental agencies, such as utilities or branches of city government, to deploy their own broadband networks by, for example, limiting the amount of debt they can incur to build the network. But the FCC recently stepped in to lift limitations
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 to authorize exports of telecommunications products and services to Cuba. In October 2015, the State Department asked the FCC to remove Cuba from its “Exclusion List for International 214 Authorizations” (the “Exclusion