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FCC Loses Key Ruling On Internet `Neutrality'

WASHINGTON - (AP) A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FCC lacks authority...

Partner Tom Magee Summarizes Recent Ex Parte Presentation at the FCC in the Pole Attachment Proceeding in this Week's K&H Telecom Minute Video

In the second of a series of brief videos discussing a telecommunications issue of interest to clients and friends of Keller and Heckman LLP, Partner Tom Magee summarizes a recent ex parte presentation at the FCC in the Pole Attachment proceeding. Tom moderated the two and a half hour presentation by...

Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 8: National Broadband Map, Net Neutrality, Utility Poles, Tower Safety

Broadband Map Illustrates Coverage Shortfalls in United States On February 17 th , the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission, released the results of a national survey on broadband adoption in the form of a searchable...

High Court: No Personal Privacy For Businesses In FOIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that corporations have no right of personal privacy to prevent the disclosure of documents under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 8-0 opinion Tuesday that reversed an appeals court ruling in favor of AT&T...

Court Dismisses Challenges To FCC Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A federal appeals court has dismissed two legal challenges to new Federal Communications Commission regulations that prohibit phone and cable companies from interfering with Internet traffic on their broadband networks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on...

U.S. Supreme Court Reverses 6th Circuit Ruling In Telecom Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 9 reversed a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling, finding that incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) cannot charge competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) more than cost-based rates for providing access to their entrance...

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...

Davis Polk Welcomes Antitrust Authority Howard Shelanski

WASHINGTON D.C. - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has announced that Howard A. Shelanski has joined the firm. Shelanski is one of the nation's leading antitrust authorities with high-level experience at both the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. He will be based...

Will the Calls Ever Stop? Telephone Consumer Protection Act Offers Help

When the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 was enacted, it offered a means to counter the actions of both telemarketers and aggressive collection agencies. By placing limitations on robo-calls, the Act gave consumers potential for relief from the automatic calls placed by companies to both landlines...

DLA Piper Alert: Federal Agencies Propose Health IT Regulatory Framework, Seek Stakeholder Input and Participation In New Initiatives

By Mary B. Langowski and Kristen E. Ratcliff A little more than five years after the passage of the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have...

DLA Piper: FCC Approves Order On 21 Pending Petitions Seeking Clarification Of The TCPA: Key Points

By Lesli C. Esposito and John D. Huh In a vote of three to two, with voting falling along political party lines, the Federal Communications Commission approved an order addressing 21 pending petitions seeking clarifications of various aspects of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA or Do-Not...

Peter S. Vogel: Cyber Intrusion Planning Should Include Training Employees about eMail

By Peter S. Vogel Everyone should already know cyber intrusions are “when not if,” so the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepare a tool which “is designed for businesses that lack the resources to hire dedicated staff to protect their business, information and customers...