FCC Issues Clarification of Broadband Privacy Rules Deadlines
Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that he will resign effective January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day. With Commissioner Rosenworcel unlikely to be confirmed for a new term, this would leave the FCC with two Republicans (Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly) and one Democrat (Commissioner Clyburn). The majority in… Continue Reading
In President Trump’s America, is it the end of net neutrality? Forbes interviewed telecomm professionals to discuss outlook for the industry.
Pre-election, there was virtually zero discussion of tech and telecom issues by Trump or his campaign. It’s highly likely that Republican telecom pros are now clamoring to provide opinions to the president-elect’s transition team.… Continue Reading
On October 6, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler published a fact sheet and blog post outlining his proposal to create privacy rules for internet service providers (ISPs), setting the final rules up for a vote at the FCC’s October 27 open meeting. The fact sheet demonstrates that the Federal Trade Commission and other government… Continue Reading
Friday, November 18, 2016
8:30 a.m – 5:15 p.m. PST
Davis Wright Tremaine
1201 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
The wireless world continues to explode as smartphones and 4G become ubiquitous – and devices, apps and other usage climb at exponential rates. This seminar, sponsored by CTIA—the leading organization in the U.S. for… Continue Reading
In a decision that could significantly impact the scope of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on August 29, 2016, that common carriers are entirely exempt from the FTC’s jurisdiction, even when engaged in “non-common carrier” activities.… Continue Reading
Yesterday the Sixth Circuit granted two petitions for review in The State of Tennessee et al. v. FCC and issued its opinion reversing the FCC’s order that preempted the laws of Tennessee and North Carolina that limited the ability of municipalities in those states to provide broadband service.
The opening pages extoll the virtue of… Continue Reading
Like Washington’s summer temperatures, things are heating up with Open Internet Order appeals.
We know you’re probably too busy to fully read the Court’s 180 pages of analysis (including 60 page partial dissent) so attorneys Chris Savage, Peter Karanjia, and Dan Reing sat down for 21 minutes to discuss the history and rationale of the… Continue Reading
It seems likely that one or more Petitioners in the consolidated case USTA v. FCC will seek review, either en banc or in the Supreme Court, of the D.C. Circuit’s decision released on June 14th. (DWT’s detailed advisory is available here). Generally speaking, most commentators would probably agree that en banc review is realistic only… Continue Reading
180 pages of analysis includes a 60 page partial dissent
Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected multiple Petitions for Review and upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That order reclassified wired and mobile broadband Internet access services as telecommunications services and subjects providers of those services to several specific new… Continue Reading
On May 19, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, Office of General Counsel, and Enforcement Bureau (“Bureaus”) released new guidance addressing implementation of the enhanced transparency disclosure requirements required by the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Guidance addresses many of the questions that had been left unanswered by the initial release of the rules as their effective… Continue Reading