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|Not Just the Cost of Doing Business: Large FCC Fine Spotlights Risks from Two-Way Radios|
Bruce A. Olcott, Preston N. Thomas; Jones Day;
January 19, 2016, previously published on January 2016Handheld two-way radios can be an important tool at worksites and facilities across the country, but they can also be a hidden risk to the businesses that rely on them. The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") refers to them as Private Land Mobile Radio Service ("PLMRS")...
|FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba|
Kara M. Bombach, Mitchell F. Brecher, Cyril T. Brennan; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
January 6, 2016, previously published on December 18, 2015On Nov. 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice inviting comments on its proposal to remove Cuba from its Exclusion List. If implemented, Cuba’s removal from the Exclusion List would allow U.S. telecommunication carriers to provide facilities-based...
|Industry Groups to DC Court: Hang Up on FCC Expanded TCPA Rules|
Paul D. Abbott; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
December 29, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015Industry groups representing a diverse range of companies in the retail, technology, financial, and utility industries filed eight amicus briefs last week in the D.C. Circuit supporting challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) recently adopted order that...
|First Warrant Issued Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law|
Bradley J. Freedman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 28, 2015, previously published on December 15, 2015The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ("CRTC") has served the first-ever warrant under Canada's anti-spam law (commonly known as "CASL") to take down a malware command-and-control server located in Toronto, Canada as part of a coordinated international...
|New FAA/FCC Marking and Lighting Requirements For Communications Towers|
Georgina Lopez-Ona Feigen, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Alan S. Tilles; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
December 15, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2015The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) released a new Advisory Circular for Obstruction Marking and Lighting 70/7460-IL (replacing Advisory Circular 70/7460-1K). Under the new Advisory Circular and the FCC’s rules incorporating it, all new or altered antenna structures...
|Splitting the Dancing Baby: Both Sides are Crying Over the Ninth Circuit’s Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. Holding|
Jenn Dollard; Faruki Ireland Cox P.L.L.;
December 14, 2015, previously published on December 7, 2015In a not-so-shocking development, both sides in a closely watched copyright suit known as the “Dancing Baby” case are urging the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) to rehear their case, unhappy with the court’s middle-of-the-road...
|CRTC Settles Alleged CASL Violation - Deficient Unsubscribe Mechanism|
Bradley J. Freedman, Bradley J. Freedman; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 7, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015On November 20, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission (“CRTC”) announced that Rogers Media Inc. paid $200,000 as part of settlement of alleged violations of Canada's anti-spam legislation (commonly known as “CASL”). The alleged CASL...
|Rogers Media Inc. Agrees to Pay $200,000 for Alleged Violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law|
K. Paige Backman; Aird & Berlis LLP;
December 2, 2015, previously published on November 2015On Friday, November 20, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that Rogers Media Inc. (Rogers) paid $200,000 as part of an undertaking to resolve alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL).
|Challenges Mount to FCC's July 2015 TCPA Order|
Thomas M. Byrne, Juan C. Garcia, Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, Phillip E. Stano, Rocco E. Testani; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
December 1, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015Accusing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of abdicating its responsibility to clarify areas of uncertainty under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and muddying the already murky waters of the TCPA, more than a dozen parties have filed appeals challenging the FCC’s July...
|Australia Introduces New Telecommunications Data Retention Laws|
Peter T. Brabant, Adam Salter, Nicola Walker; Jones Day;
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 2015Telecommunications service providers in Australia must now collect and retain telecommunications data for a period of two years under recent amendments to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) ("Act"). The new laws apply to service providers, including internet...