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Telecommunications

  • November 19, 2018

    Net Neutrality Deregulation Misanalyzed Internet, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Communications Commission botched the U.S. Supreme Court's analysis of the makeup of broadband services when it voted to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules last year, challengers of the deregulation told the D.C. Circuit in a Friday brief.

  • November 19, 2018

    Let Cable Companies Deliver Telehealth, FCC Told

    The American Cable Association told the Federal Communications Commission in a lobbying filing posted Monday that private cable companies should be the ones to offer the connectivity needed to power telehealth services through a new pilot program.

  • November 19, 2018

    EU Digital Tax Should Be Higher, Broader, Lawmakers Say

    A proposed European Union digital tax should be set at 5 percent rather than 3 percent and should include revenue from sites such as Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., European Parliament lawmakers said Monday.

  • November 16, 2018

    FCC's Pai Touts Deregulation On 5G Cells, Satellites

    The Federal Communications Commission is tearing down regulatory red tape on the deployment of new wireless technology, from small cell buildouts all the way up to satellites orbiting the Earth, chairman Ajit Pai said in planned remarks at the Federalist Society on Friday.

  • November 16, 2018

    Intel Facing Indian Competition Probe Over Tech Sharing

    The Competition Commission of India is investigating Intel Corp. for allegedly abusing its dominant market position by refusing to provide an Indian electronics manufacturer with the reference design files needed to produce server boards that are compatible with the electronics giant’s microprocessors.

  • November 16, 2018

    FCC Greenlights New Email Notices From Cable Companies

    The Federal Communications Commission issued a report and order on Friday that will allow cable operators to deliver notices required by the Code of Federal Regulations to customers via verified email addresses instead of paper mail unless they have opted out.

  • November 16, 2018

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    During the month of October, lobbyists before the Federal Communications Commission argued for new ways to map broadband service and reimburse rural carriers under the agency’s high-cost telecom program, among other issues. Here’s a look at the top three groups that lobbied the agency and a sampling of their key issues.

  • November 16, 2018

    Tech Groups Eager For NAFTA's Modern Face-Lift

    A throng of tech sector business associations gave mostly high marks to the Trump administration’s revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Friday, stressing the need for the deal to catch up with a business climate that has changed drastically since the agreement's 1994 implementation.

  • November 16, 2018

    Activists See Net Neutrality As Civil Rights Battleground

    Almost a year after the FCC's decision to upend its so-called net neutrality rules, public interest groups are pushing Congress to restore those rules while casting their absence as a civil rights issue likely to silence minority voices.

  • November 16, 2018

    Bill Would Give FCC More Power To Punish Robocallers

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at staunching the flood of robocalls to consumers’ phones, laying out harsher penalties against marketers and scammers who use automatic dialing devices and giving the Federal Communications Commission more power to go after lawbreakers.

  • November 16, 2018

    Limiting Cable Fees Is Harmful, Cities And Towns Tell FCC

    A slew of large cities and small towns submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opposing a new proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying it violates the language of the Cable Communications Policy Act that allows localities to collect fees.

  • November 16, 2018

    Feds' Late Evidence Causes Mistrial In $16M Fraud Suit

    The fraud trial of a former U.S. Department of Defense official and a government contractor accused of partaking in a $15.7 million kickback scheme will have to start over, a Virginia federal judge has ruled, finding the men might've switched up their trial tactics if they had had time to review thousands of documents prosecutors revealed midtrial.

  • November 15, 2018

    US Must Use 'Full Toolkit' To Fight Cybercrime: Ex-DOJ Chief

    John P. Carlin, who ran the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division before going into private practice, tells Law360 how a deterrence campaign can help America win its "code war" against Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. He also shares advice for firms deciding whether to tell authorities about cyberattacks.

  • November 15, 2018

    Goodwin Taps Ex-Gunderson Pro With Capital Markets Chops

    Global law firm Goodwin Procter LLP said it has hired a former Gunderson Dettmer capital markets attorney with extensive experience in the life sciences, telecommunications and technology industries to strengthen Goodwin’s technology companies, life sciences and capital markets practices.

  • November 15, 2018

    Verizon Says No Proof It Plotted To Stifle Carrier Switching

    Verizon Communications Inc. urged a New Jersey federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action alleging it conspired with AT&T and a global telecommunications standards group to limit customers’ access to cellphone carrier-switching technology, saying the consumers didn’t plausibly allege collusion occurred.

  • November 15, 2018

    Dems Query Top 4 Mobile Carriers Over Throttling Concerns

    Three Democratic U.S. senators sent letters to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile on Thursday asking if the companies had slowed down certain services on their networks after a study showed that each of the mobile carriers had stifled at least one video streaming service.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Commissioners Decry Lack Of Work Crew Coordination

    Government and industry players must remedy a lack of coordination between utility and telecom work crews, FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly said Thursday after the agency's monthly open meeting, citing conflicting priorities as a major reason residents are forced to do without connectivity after natural disasters like Hurricane Michael.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Applauds Step Toward Stemming Spoofed Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday praised steps taken by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions to get a system in place to prevent robocallers from pestering consumers with calls from spoofed numbers.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Tees Up New GPS Signals And Space Debris Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission took steps Thursday to update a lineup of satellite-related regulations, including an inquiry into the proliferation of orbital debris and a vote to allow American devices to begin receiving signals from the European global positioning system Galileo, with the lone Democratic commissioner saying the move brings up security concerns.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Must Help Tribes With Spectrum Access, GAO Says

    More than a third of people living on Native American lands lack high-speed internet service, a figure that nearly doubles on rural tribal lands, and the Federal Communications Commission should take steps to increase spectrum access on these lands to fill that gap, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Look At Tax Code Section 199's Last Stand

    Kevin Spencer

    The IRS has increased scrutiny for Internal Revenue Code Section 199 deductions taken against profits from film, computer software, electricity, natural gas, potable water, tangible personal property and certain sound recordings. Though 199 was repealed by tax reform, battles over this contentious deduction are sure to continue for some time, say attorneys at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • Learning From A Failed Merger: The Sinclair-Tribune Pitfalls

    Richie Falek

    ​In light of ​r​​egulatory success in recent major media mergers, the termination of Sinclair​ Broadcast​’s attempted acquisition of Tribune Media came as a shock to many.​ Attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP explain what went wrong and discuss how to avoid having a deal suffer a similar fate.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.