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|FCC Modernizes Foreign Ownership Review Policies and Procedures for Wireless Telecommunications Licensees; Seeks Comment on Similar Relief for Broadcast Licensees|
Angela E. Giancarlo, Donald K. Stockdale, Howard W. Waltzman; Mayer Brown LLP;
May 22, 2013, previously published on May 20, 2013Over the past eight months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has issued two decisions that modernize and streamline its foreign investment policies for certain radio licensees, including wireless telecommunications carriers. In addition, the Commission recently initiated a...
|Highlights of the Top Five Issues Regarding Pennsylvania’s Anticipated New Rules Governing Telemarketing & Door-To-Door Sales of Energy|
Eckert Seamans Cherin Mellott LLC;
April 19, 2013, previously published on April 17, 2013As a result of a process started in early 2010 by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (“PaPUC”), Pennsylvania is moving closer to formal rules governing the sales and marketing of electricity and natural gas by competitive energy suppliers and their agents. The rules are set...
|Canadian ratification of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and of the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment|
Étienne Brassard, Pierre Denis; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
April 1, 2013, previously published on March 2013This Bulletin is intended as a brief overview of the above-mentioned Convention and its Protocol and is not an in depth analysis of each of their provisions. We selected the provisions which we believe are required or useful to gain a working understanding of the CTC in the context of an overview....
|Emails and Text Messages On Personal Devices Subject to Public Records Act|
Kara Ueda; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
March 28, 2013, previously published on March 25, 2013A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge recently ruled that emails and text messages concerning city business but stored on a public official’s personal device are subject to the Public Records Act (PRA). The PRA request at issue in the case had asked for all electronic information related...
|Historical Reform of the Mexican Telecommunications Industry|
Marcos Vergara del Carril; Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
March 22, 2013, previously published on March 19, 2013The new President of Mexico, Mr. Peña Nieto, has reached an unprecedented multi-party agreement between his party, the Partido Revolucionario Industrial (PRI), and the rest of the major political forces: the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), which governed Mexico between 2000 and 2012,...
|Federal Parliament Passes Comprehensive Reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth)|
Ben Allen, Hamish McNair; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
December 3, 2012, previously published on November 2012The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) (the Act), which amends the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act), implements wholesale reforms to the Australian privacy protection framework. The amendments implemented by the Act will come into force 15 months after the Act...
|EU Parliament Committee Votes to Strengthen Extractive Industry Disclosure Rules and Extend Them to Additional Sectors|
Jean De Ruyt, David Fink, David Lorello, Wim van Velzen; Covington Burling LLP;
October 24, 2012, previously published on October 19, 2012The EU Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted recently to strengthen significantly the Commission’s proposed mandatory disclosure regime for payments to governments by certain businesses in the extractive industries and other sectors. The enhanced requirements would apply to...
|Spectrum Auctions to Affect Wireless Medical Telemetry Service - Impact on Hospitals and Device Manufacturers|
Julie Scott Allen, Lee G. Petro; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
September 22, 2012, previously published on September 2012The Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act of 2012, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in February 2012, gave the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to conduct auctions of spectrum currently assigned to television broadcasters for future wireless...
|FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces Proposed Incentive Auctions|
Lawrence R. Freedman, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
September 22, 2012, previously published on September 2012In response to the growing need for flexible spectrum, Congress in February of this year as part of The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 authorized the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to conduct incentive auctions of spectrum voluntarily returned by...
|Federal Court Strikes Down Part of Michigan's Cable Franchise Act|
Ronald D. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
August 15, 2012, previously published on August 2012Our January 2012 newsletter notified you of the then-pending fight between Comcast and the City of Detroit over the validity of Michigan’s 2006 Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act (the Michigan Cable Act), Detroit v State of Michigan, 10-12427 (7/10/12). The parties argued their...