Telecommunications

  • February 5, 2018

    What The New FTC Means For 'Open Internet' Enforcement

    In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's contentious vote to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules and to hand enforcement against online abuses largely to the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC is itself being remade with a slate of new nominees.

  • February 5, 2018

    FCC Clears DirecTV On Hawaii TV Broadcast Spat

    Federal Communications Commission staff cleared DirecTV on Monday of a complaint that it failed to negotiate retransmission with a Hawaii broadcast television station in good faith, finding instead that the satellite provider didn’t need to offer financial compensation and needed a counteroffer before it was required to respond.

  • February 5, 2018

    Comcast Rival Hits Back In Sports Network Dispute At FCC

    West Coast cable company Wave Broadband has hit back at an attempt by Comcast Cable to quash allegations it extracted from Wave a $3.5 million “punitive ransom” for regional sports programming, telling the Federal Communications Commission that Comcast’s procedural arguments are a “distraction built on a fiction.”

  • February 5, 2018

    Pai Asks Wireless Industry To Help Combat Prison Cellphones

    Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai is calling out wireless carriers for sitting on the “sidelines” in the effort to rid prisons of contraband cellphones, urging the companies to lend their expertise on a “problem that puts prison guards, inmates and the public at risk.”

  • February 5, 2018

    Broadcom Makes Last Push For Qualcomm With $121B Offer

    Broadcom Ltd. on Monday, in an effort to end a monthslong standoff between the companies, increased its takeover offer for Qualcomm Inc., this time saying it would pay approximately $121 billion to acquire the California chipmaker.

  • February 5, 2018

    Samsung Seeks US Block Of Huawei’s China Patent Injunction

    Samsung asked a California federal judge Thursday to block Chinese smartphone maker Huawei from enforcing an injunction it won in China last month ordering Samsung to stop making or selling devices that infringe two Huawei patents found to be essential to industry standards for 4G wireless technology.

  • February 5, 2018

    T-Mobile Allowed Hackers To Steal Cryptocurrency, User Says

    A T-Mobile USA Inc. customer filed suit in Washington federal court Sunday alleging that the company’s lacking security measures left the door open for wrongdoers to access his wireless account and drain his cryptocurrency exchange account.

  • February 5, 2018

    Verizon's Super Bowl Ad Points To Competing 911 Networks

    Verizon’s heartstring-tugging TV advertisements that aired Sunday night during the Super Bowl praised first responders, but they also subtly plugged emergency network expansion and hinted at a policy agenda as the FirstNet public-private partnership shapes up.

  • February 2, 2018

    Sixth Circ. Says City Approval Needed FM Station Upgrade

    A Christian radio station in Riverview, Michigan, cannot upgrade broadcast equipment on a city-owned radio tower without approval from the city, a Sixth Circuit Panel ruled Monday, affirming a lower court’s finding that such approval was required by the station’s lease allowing it to place equipment on the tower.

  • February 2, 2018

    FCC Report Of Good Broadband Buildout Raises Hackles

    The Federal Communications Commission released a controversial final report late Friday that found internet service is being reasonably and quickly rolled out nationwide, prompting criticism over the accuracy of the picture painted by the agency’s Republican majority.

  • February 2, 2018

    Calif. Net Neutrality Bill Can't Withstand Scrutiny, EFF Says

    Advocacy organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation knocked California on Wednesday, saying the state’s recently advanced net neutrality legislation leaves itself open to legal challenges.

  • February 2, 2018

    Davis Polk Nabs Keker Van Nest IP Litigator In Calif.

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has scored a top intellectual property litigator from Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP who has counseled leading technology and telecommunications companies including Comcast, Netflix, Hulu, HTC, Square and Broadcom, the firm announced Thursday.

  • February 2, 2018

    PTAB Nixes Claims In Corning-Licensed Fiber Optic Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board found Friday that claims in two fiber optic patents asserted by a Corning unit in infringement litigation are unpatentable, handing a win to Panduit Corp. in an America Invents Act inter partes review.

  • February 2, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Boeing, Alibaba, Nestle

    Boeing Co. is seeking Brazilian government approval of a proposed partnership with Embraer SA, Alibaba led a $300 million funding round for Indian online grocery company BigBasket and Nestle ducked out of the race to buy Merck's consumer health unit.

  • February 2, 2018

    US Chamber Urges Net Neutrality Fix Through Legislation

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday urged the U.S. Senate to pass a new net neutrality law rather than force the repeal of a Federal Communications Commission vote that the pro-business group says places internet service providers under a more appropriate regulatory regime.

  • February 1, 2018

    FCC To Tackle New Spectrum, Tech Approval In Feb.

    The Federal Communications Commission will address spectrum and resource allocation issues in the month of February, teeing up rulemaking on high-band frequencies previously underutilized for communications services and proposing guidelines for faster approval of new technologies.

  • February 1, 2018

    Nonprofit Settles FCC Complaint Over Radio Ad Violations

    Nonprofit group the Cesar Chavez Foundation has agreed to pay a $115,000 fine to settle allegations two radio stations it operates violated Federal Communications Commission restrictions prohibiting nonprofit educational broadcasters from running paid commercials, the FCC announced Thursday.

  • February 1, 2018

    FCC Must Craft Flexible Interference Policy, Group Says

    The Federal Communications Commission should take a more market-based approach to interference disputes in spectrum allocation, a Washington think tank told the agency Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won’t Rethink Clearing FCC In $21M Spectrum Row

    A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday summarily refused to reconsider its decision tossing, for lack of jurisdiction, a bankrupt wireless carrier’s $21 million suit over the Federal Communications Commission’s sale of its defaulted spectrum licenses.

  • February 1, 2018

    Mintz Levin Adds Wireless Tech Expert In DC

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has added a former Fletcher Heald & Hildreth partner to its communications practice, where she will focus on regulatory issues related to the internet of things and other emerging technologies, the firm announced Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 10 EU Telecom Regulatory Developments To Watch In 2018

    Francesco Liberatore

    This could be a watershed year for the telecommunications industry. Some developments in 2018 are so significant that they are likely to change the digital landscape, both in Europe and across the world, for years to come, say Francesco Liberatore and Matthew Buckwell of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • A Review Of US Economic Sanctions In 2017

    Ama Adams

    The past 12 months have been an extraordinarily active period and, given recent international developments, the pace of change for U.S. sanctions policy is unlikely to slow in the foreseeable future, say Ama Adams, Brendan Hanifin and Emerson Siegle of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • FCPA Enforcement Picks Up In 2nd Half Of 2017

    Michael Skopets

    The last few months have seen increased enforcement activity related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Since August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have resolved more than 15 cases against corporations and individuals, issued several declinations, and initiated at least five new investigations, say Michael Skopets and James Tillen of Miller & Chevalier Ltd.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.

  • Reporting Requirement Alone Survives Net Neutrality Repeal

    Marc Martin

    In repealing net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has left one legacy rule requiring broadband internet access service providers to disclose their network management practices. With this, the FCC may have provided the means by which a record may be developed to show BIAS providers' use of previously prohibited practices, say Marc Martin and Michael Sherling of Perkins Coie LLP.