The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to approve new rules exempting small cell fixtures from certain environmental and historic reviews, over objections by the agency’s two Democrats that the move “runs roughshod” over tribes and natural areas.
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Infrastructure Order Divides But Passes At FCC Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican majority voted Thursday to approve new rules exempting small cell fixtures from certain environmental and historic reviews, over objections by the agency’s two Democrats that the move “runs roughshod” over tribes and natural areas. Read more »

AT&T, Time Warner Say DOJ Lacks 'Crystal Ball' In Opening

The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge in opening arguments Thursday to focus on the facts of AT&T's incentives to leverage Time Warner's content post-merger, while the companies argued it's the government's job to ensure no "crystal ball" is needed to see the tie-up's impacts. Read more »

Telecom Groups Praise Broadband Funding In Budget Deal

Telecom industry groups were quick to praise the massive spending and policy package that the House and Senate agreed upon this week, lauding sections that reauthorize the Federal Communications Commission, boost infrastructure rollout and offer repack transition funds to broadcasters. Read more »

GOP Leader Praises Pai On Net Neutrality Repeal

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden on Thursday praised Ajit Pai for leading the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules in the face of public backlash. Read more »


Lawmakers Ask Zuckerberg To Testify About Data Misuse

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one step closer to testifying before Congress, after a House committee Thursday asked him to answer lingering questions about how his firm allowed a data research company with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to harvest personal information on some 50 million Americans. Read more »

Congress Averts Shutdown With $1.3T Spending Package

Congress has now approved a bill that would fund the government through September to the tune of $1.3 trillion, with the Senate voting 65-32 early Friday to send legislation that would avoid a government shutdown to President Donald Trump. Read more »


UK Lawmakers Say Fox Deal Could Curb Sky’s Independence

Four U.K. lawmakers want the Competition and Markets Authority to block 21st Century Fox’s $14.4 billion bid to boost its ownership stake in Sky PLC from 39 percent to 100 percent, telling the regulator in a letter Thursday that there are concerns regarding Sky News’ independence if Fox takes over. Read more »

Deals Rumor Mill: Carolina Panthers, Xplornet, Denizbank

The Carolina Panthers’ price has reportedly reached a record $2.5 billion, Canada’s Xplornet Communications Inc. tapped UBS and Bank of Montreal to help it explore a sale, and Emirates NBD’s deal to snap up Denizbank could come in the next few weeks. Read more »


Congressional Review Act Cannot Restore Net Neutrality

Proposals to use the Congressional Review Act to “undo” the Restoring Internet Freedom Order would not accomplish the objectives its proponents claim they want to achieve. In fact, it would only deprive consumers of a right to receive vital information about their broadband services, says Bennett Ross of Wiley Rein LLP. Read more »


Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC. Read more »


Freshfields Reports 13.9% Gender Pay Gap In UK

Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has filed its gender pay gap report with the U.K. government, revealing a 13.9 percent gap between average hourly pay of male and female employees in its London and Manchester offices. Read more »

Calif. Bar Committee Has Anti-Competitive Bent, Suit Says

A San Jose law school slapped the State Bar of California with a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, claiming an agency committee that reviews law school accreditation matters is structured to favor certain schools. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Topping this week's legal lions list is a team of attorneys from Labaton Sucharow LLP who secured two SEC whistleblower awards worth roughly $83 million for three tipsters, the agency's largest award ever, while now-departed Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge heads up the legal lambs list over the behavior, which included sending sexually explicit messages, that led to his resignation. Read more »

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