FCC Enforcement Shifts Nearing Breaking Point With Industry

Law360, Washington (July 7, 2015, 9:38 PM EDT) -- The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission has a new habit of grabbing headlines with record-setting fines and inventive interpretations of rules that telecommunications attorneys say aren’t likely to be quietly accepted by industry for much longer.

Under the guidance of Chief Travis LeBlanc, the Enforcement Bureau’s more adversarial approach to industry means bigger fines, admissions of liability and what some see as an attempt at policy-making through enforcement. And while the options for challenging the bureau are largely unappealing, attorneys say a showdown with the new sheriff feels almost inevitable.

“As a practitioner, it’s become more and more difficult...

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