FCC Begins Rollback of Net Neutrality Rules

By | May 24th, 2017|Legal News|

On May 23, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing the reversal of the agency’s 2015 Title II Order which subjected Internet service providers (ISPs) to regulation as telecommunications services pursuant to Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. In a 2-1 vote along partisan lines,...… Continue Reading

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FCC Temporarily Waives International Traffic Reporting Requirements

By | May 12th, 2017|Legal News|

The Federal Communications Commission recently issued a temporary waiver of its international traffic and revenue reporting requirements while it contemplates a more permanent scaling-back of regulatory burdens associated with international telecommunications services. Long-time readers of our blog may recall that we reported on FCC “reductions” to international reporting obligations a few years ago – but...… Continue Reading

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5G is Coming! Wait – What’s 5G?

By | April 1st, 2016|Legal News|

New services promise exceptional performance. Just not everywhere. And not soon. After the successes of 3G and 4G mobile services, something called 5G was inevitable. It’s still a ways off, but the outlines are taking shape. The hallmark of 5G mobile service will be blindingly fast data speeds, possibly in the gigabit-per-second range, faster than … Continue Reading

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“Utility” Regulation Was Good for the Internet (and here’s why …)

By | March 14th, 2016|Legal News|

The Internet’s stunning growth, from its beginnings through maturity in 2005, relied on common carrier rules. (Blogmeister’s note: Even more than usual, this post reflects the views of its author and not necessarily those of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, its other lawyers, or its clients.) The FCC’s latest effort at net neutrality rules is a … Continue Reading

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Congress Puts Kibosh on Certain State and Local Internet-Related Taxes

By | March 3rd, 2016|Legal News|

Temporary moratorium in place since 1998 now permanent. For nearly 20 years most of you have been free from state and local taxes on your Internet access – and also from multiple or discriminatory state/local taxes on e-commerce. You’ve got Congress to thank for that. You may not have realized, however, that that freedom has … Continue Reading

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Telecom Tickler 2016 – CPNI Certifications Due By March 1

By | February 5th, 2016|Legal News|

It’s that time of year again – time for our annual reminder to most (but not necessarily all) telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers that your CPNI certifications are due by March 1, 2016. As described by the Enforcement Bureau, CPNI – Customer Proprietary Network Information to the uninitiated – includes “some of the most … Continue Reading

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Webcaster Wake-Up Call! SoundExchange Reports and Payments Due Soon

By | January 25th, 2016|Legal News|

Same as it ever was: as they start in on the next five-year period with new rates and terms announced in Webcasting IV, webcasters must again attend to annual SoundExchange homework. It’s been a month since I wrote about Webcasting IV, the decision of the Copyright Royalty Board that set webcasting rates and terms for … Continue Reading

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Webcasting IV: The CRB Announces 2016-2020 Rates

By | December 17th, 2015|Legal News|

Some uncertainties still need to be tied down, and “Small Broadcasters” may not be happy, but the new rates themselves are likely to please broadcasters If you’re a webcaster (or planning to be one between now and 2020), you’ll need to know that the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) has at long last announced the webcasting … Continue Reading

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Meanwhile, on the East Coast: D.C. Court Rejects FilmOn X Claim to Compulsory License

By | December 16th, 2015|Legal News|

But District Court decision could be key to a return to the Supreme Court for Aereo-related issues FilmOn X’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse. But for FilmOn X, that might not be a totally bad thing. Longtime readers will be familiar with FilmOn X, the Aereo doppelganger. When Aereo burst on the … Continue Reading

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