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|Senate Commerce Committee Releases Revised Draft of Legislation Extending STELA and Making Other Changes to the Communications Act|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Thune (R-SD), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have released a revised version of S. 2799, the “Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act” (STAVRA). The full committee is scheduled to...
|The Energy Industry Deserves Adequate Spectrum Resources|
C. Douglas Jarrett, Gregory E. Kunkle, Jack Richards, Wesley K. Wright; Keller and Heckman LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014Electric utilities, oil and gas companies, and others in the energy industry rely on a variety of communications systems authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to meet their internal wireless communications requirements. In light of the critical nature of their services, they must...
|What the House of Lords Report on Social Media Offences Means for Your Website|
Alex Henderson, Samuel Oustayiannis, Ingrid Silver; Dentons Canada LLP;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 8, 2014In July 2014, the House of Lords Communications Committee (the Committee) published a report to inform and stimulate discussion on how the law should respond to offences committed using social media (the Report). The Report is particularly relevant to companies who operate websites with...
|FCC May Include Cell Service in Net Neutrality Rules|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 12, 2014The Federal Communications Commission is considering expanding net-neutrality rules to cover cell phone service. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said this week that “[i]nternet access on smartphones is a ‘key component’ of the investment and innovation that net-neutrality regulations are...
|CPUC Adopts Rules for Renewal of State Video Franchises|
Gail A. Karish, Harriet A. Steiner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014The California Public Utilities Commission has concluded its rulemaking proceeding and adopted streamlined rules that holders of state video franchises (such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T and others) must follow to obtain renewal of their franchises under the Digital Infrastructure...
|TCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?|
Keith J. Barnett, Thomas M. Byrne, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014What constitutes valid consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? A hot issue in TCPA litigation is the scope of consent necessary to place automated calls to consumers where the consumer has provided a cell phone number to a company in connection with a specific transaction or...
|For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry|
Thomas M. Byrne, Thomas W. Curvin, Ellen M. Dunn, Juan C. Garcia, Cheryl L. Haas; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated telephone dialing system—or that has independent or...
|General Overview of Mexico’s New Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law|
Blanca Luévano Garcia, Octavio Lecona Morales, Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés; Greenberg Traurig, S.C.;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014The Decree derives from the constitutional reform on telecommunications, broadcasting and economic competition published in the Official Gazette on June 11, 2013 (the “Constitutional Reform”). The Constitutional Reform reshaped the telecommunications and broadcasting legal framework.
|Blast Fax Cases Now Harder to Certify|
Michael C. Lueder; Foley & Lardner LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014Blast fax cases filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act just became harder to certify in Minnesota. On August 5, 2014 U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty, in the case Sandusky Wellness Center LLC v. Medtox Scientific, denied Sandusky’s motion for class certification because the...
|Pros and Cons of Prepaid Utilities|
Timothy Spencer; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 8, 2014In the service provider industry, that cellular phone service providers and utility service providers are at least comparable in nature is likely an acceptable comparison. After all, both cell phone service providers and utility service providers bill their respective customers based on what the...