High Court Rules Against Banning Violent Video Sales To Kids

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people's First Amendment rights and leaving it up to parents and the multibillion-dollar gaming industry to decide what...

Keller & Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 32

LightSquared and GPS Industry Continue Fight at FCC Of interest to those relying on GPS services, last week LightSquared filed comments at the FCC characterizing the GPS industry's opposition to its proposed operations as "vitriolic" and claiming the industry was taking "an unprecedented...

Keller & Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 33

FCC Moves to Expand Wireless Microwave Backhaul in Rural Areas On August 9 th , the Commission adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("Order") making up to 650 MHz of spectrum in the 7 GHz (6875-7125 MHz) and 13 GHz (12,700-13,100 MHz) bands available for fixed...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 35: FCC Investigates Service Disruptions After East Coast Quake

FCC Investigates Service Disruptions Following East Coast Quake Commercial wireless service was disrupted, as commercial networks proved unreliable in the aftermath of last Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Washington, D.C. Spinning the story as best they could, wireless carriers reported...

FCC $8 Billion Plan to Expand Broadband

The FCC plans to spend $8 billion to expand broadband service to more than 18 million citizens in rural America who lack high speed Internet access. In a speech, Julius Genachowski (FCC chairman) called access to broadband "a necessity": "Broadband has gone from being a luxury...

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FCC Seeks Comments on Rule Changes for Communications Towers Last week, the FCC released a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment ("PEA") to be used in evaluating the environmental impact of the Commission's Antenna Structure Registration ("ASR") program. The PEA was required...

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No Action on D-Block Despite September 11 th Anniversary The 10 th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has passed without legislation providing spectrum and funding for a national broadband public-safety network. Last week, the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing examining...

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FCC Holds Public Hearing to Discuss Proposed Changes to Tower Regulations Last week, the FCC held a Public Hearing on a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment ("PEA") released earlier this month for use in evaluating the environmental impact of the Commission's Antenna Structure...

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FCC Wireless Microwave Backhaul Rules To Take Effect October 27 th The FCC's new rules freeing-up to 650 MHz of spectrum in the 7 GHz (6875-7125 MHz) and 13 GHz (12,700-13,100 MHz) bands for fixed service wireless microwave backhaul in certain largely rural areas will become effective on October...

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LightSquared Claims GPS Interference Caused by Ignored Standards In a letter filed with the FCC last week, LightSquared claimed GPS manufacturers ignored government standards adopted by the Defense Department in developing GPS receivers. By ignoring these standards, LightSquared asserts that GPS receivers...

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Committee Looking at Spectrum Policies to Reduce Federal Deficit In a letter sent to President Obama earlier this month, four members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction requested a review of federal spectrum that could be reallocated to support consumer wireless broadband deployment...

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President Obama Nominates 2 New FCC Commissioners Last week, President Obama officially nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to serve as FCC Commissioners. Ms. Rosenworcel will replace Democrat Michael Copps when his term expires next year and Mr. Pai will replace Republican Meredith Atwell...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 47

House Introduces Bill To Delay Narrowbanding Deadline By Two Years Last week, Rep. Steven Rothman (R-NJ) introduced H.R. 3430 that, if enacted, will extend the narrowband deadline for all private land mobile licensees to January 1, 2015. The FCC's current rules require, by January 1, 2013, Industrial...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 48

Posted by Keller and Heckman LLP . FCC Releases Text of USF and Intercarrier Compensation Report and Order Last month, the FCC adopted a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("Report and Order") refocusing the Universal Service Fund ("USF") on broadband...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 49

FCC Establishes LightSquared FOIA Web Portal Last month, the FCC established a website to provide access to documents requested from the agency under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") related to the LightSquared proceeding. Earlier this year, the FCC granted LightSquared a conditional...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 1, Telecom Predictions for 2012

Telecom Predictions for 2012 Although predicting the future is always a tricky business, the attorneys of Keller and Heckman LLP offer the following predictions for 2012 in the world of telecommunications. To see how we fared on our 2011 predictions, click here . "I'm hoping this will...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 2

LightSquared Files Petition Seeking FCC Ruling on GPS Interference Protection The debate regarding interference from LightSquared's proposed terrestrial system continues. On December 14 th , the Federal Government's National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Volume IX Issue 3

KH Video Minute: FCC's New Tower Rules Late last year, the FCC adopted new rules governing Antenna Structure Registrations ("ASR"). The new rules substantially change the ASR process and may add significant delays. Under the new rules, applicants are required to provide local notice...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. IX Issue 4: Pole Attachment Order Challenged

Coalition of Concerned Utilities Challenges Pole Attachment Order in Court While its Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC's make-ready rulings remains pending at the Commission, last week the Coalition of Concerned Utilities (Consumers Energy, Detroit Edison, FirstEnergy, Hawaiian Electric, NSTAR...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 5: FCC Tower Rule Published

FCC's Tower Rule Published in Federal Register Last week, the FCC's Final Rule implementing a notification process for new towers was published in the Federal Register . The Final Rule will become effective when the FCC publishes an additional notice in the Federal Register, which is expected...

Keller and Heckman LLPTelecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 6: Additional MHzSpectrum Available

Additional 800 MHz Spectrum Available to Critical Infrastructure Licensees On January 28, the FCC began allowing critical infrastructure entities (oil and gas companies, electric utilities and railroads) to file applications for some 800 MHz spectrum relinquished by Sprint Nextel as a result of rebanding...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 8

700 MHz D Block to Public Safety, Network Buildout to be Funded by Incentive Auctions Last week, the House and Senate agreed to a bill extending the payroll tax cut. The bill also will allocate the 700 MHz D Block to public safety entities and provide $7 billion to fund the buildout of the new public...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 9

Spectrum Legislation Provides for Shared Access to 700 MHz Band The Payroll Tax Cut passed by Congress and signed by President Obama last week ( Vol. IX Issue 8 ) includes spectrum provisions permitting the use of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum for non-public safety services on a secondary basis...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. IX Issue 10

LightSquared Gets More Time to Rebut NTIA Interference Report Last week, the Commission granted LightSquared's request for extension of time to file comments in response to a Public Notice issued by the FCC on February 15 th seeking comment on a letter filed by the National Telecommunications...

Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] issued a long-awaited decision on the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order.[1] That Order required broadband Internet providers to disclose...