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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...

Keller And Heckman LLP: Guide to Data Breach Preparedness and Response

Introduction The world of information technology has vastly expanded over the past few decades. Consumers can now shop online, pay bills, check bank accounts, and update information all with the click of a button. Information can be aggregated from different sources. Businesses manage global HR systems...

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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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LightSquared's Alternatives Include Lower Power and Additional Towers Last week, LightSquared's executive Vice President submitted written responses to questions posed by the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space and Technology. LightSquared's responses offered several...

Keller And Heckman LLP: 7th Circuit Affirms Federal Law Barred Non-Identical State Law Food Labeling Requirements

On October 17, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of Turek v. General Mills, Inc. and Kellogg Co. , No. 10-3267, Slip op. (7th Cir. October 17, 2011), by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. In its disposition of...

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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 46

Wayne Vincent Black, 1937-2011 Wayne Vincent Black, a partner at Keller and Heckman from 1964-2007, passed away at his home in Dewey Beach, Maryland, on November 9, 2011. He was 74 years old. Mr. Black graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration...

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. VIII Issue 51, 2011 in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW During 2011, Congress dabbled with spectrum allocations while the FCC dealt with LightSquared, narrowbanding, mergers and other issues. Before turning our attention to the Presidential election and narrowbanding deadline that await in 2012, we take a quick look back at the highs and...

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: EU Bans Exports to Syria for Oil and Gas, Electricity Production and Telecom

In response to the continued violence in Syria, today the European Union expanded its sanctions against that country by banning exports for critical sectors. The new sanctions provide a list of equipment, technology and software for the oil and gas industry and for electricity production that cannot...

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 Litigation Alert: In the Wake of Nicastro, Illinois Reaffirms Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturer

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in J. McIntyre Machinery Ltd. v. Nicastro [ enhanced version available to lexi.com subscribers ], seemingly limited the power of state courts to exercise specific jurisdiction over a foreign defendant. Nicastro held, in a divided opinion, that a small number of sales...

Keller and Heckman LLP: 15-Second Advertising Law Alert: Michael Jordan's Judicial Air Ball

By Richard J. Leighton When is speech "commercial" and what is an "advertisement"? A recent federal decision addresses these fundamental questions in an eyebrow-raising fashion. * BACKGROUND Plaintiff is basketball legend Michael Jordan. Defendant is Chicago area Jewel...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. IX Issue 7

House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on LightSquared's Impact on GPS Last week, the House Subcommittee on Aviation held a Hearing examining the use of GPS in the Aviation Industry. At the Hearing, John Pocari, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Deputy Transportation Secretary, reiterated...

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: Recent Federal Court Decisions Curtail EPA's Clean Water Act Authority

By Eric P. Gotting , Jean-Cyril Walker and Adrienne M. Timmel This advisory discusses implications from two recent federal court decisions involving the exercise of authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA" or "Agency") under the Clean Water Act ("CWA"...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Revamping Kids Privacy: FTC Finalizes COPPA Rule Changes

By Sheila Millar, Tracy Marshall, and Crystal Skelton Excerpt: On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") issued final rule amendments concluding its review of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA") Rule ("final...

Keller and Heckman LLP: EPA Rulemakings Seek to Buttress Renewable Fuel Program

By Jean-Cyril (JC) Walker and Adrienne M. Timmel Over the past few weeks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) finalized several rules affecting its Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”) Program. On July 18, 2014, EPA finalized its rules concerning the Renewable Identification...