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Telecommunications

  • September 27, 2018

    Broadcasters Urge More FCC Funding To Offset Repack Costs

    Several major broadcasters and trade groups told the Federal Communications Commission in filings posted Wednesday that it should offer more reimbursements to help them cover the cost of the broadcast incentive auction repack, which cleared TV-band spectrum for use by mobile services.

  • September 27, 2018

    AT&T, Microsoft Win $121.7M Air Force Prototype IT Deals

    The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded a pair of Other Transaction Authority prototyping deals collectively worth $121.7 million to AT&T and Microsoft that are intended to help the Air Force experiment with enterprise information technology as service capabilities.

  • September 27, 2018

    9 AGs, Experts, Biz Groups Back AT&T-Time Warner Merger

    Nine state attorneys general, a group of antitrust and economics experts, and business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed separate amicus briefs urging the D.C. Circuit to reject the U.S. Department of Justice appeal fighting to undo AT&T Inc.'s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc.

  • September 27, 2018

    CAF II Auction To Get 700K Sites Online, FCC Hears

    The recently concluded Connect America Fund II auction will result in broadband connections for well over half a million homes and small businesses, FCC commissioners heard Wednesday, with Commissioner Michael O’Rielly probing how to reach at least 12 million more rural residents after the auction.

  • September 27, 2018

    FCC Rushed Fiber Optic Transition, 9th Circ. Hears

    The Federal Communications Commission moved too hastily to accelerate the national transition from copper to fiber optic networks and stepped on vulnerable populations, consumer advocate groups told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday.

  • September 27, 2018

    Rembrandt Seeks Redo Of Call That IP Suit Was 'Exceptional'

    Rembrandt Technologies LP on Wednesday urged the Federal Circuit to rethink a ruling affirming a lower court finding that Rembrandt’s misconduct during long-running patent litigation against multiple cable providers was “exceptional” and required the company to pay attorneys' fees, arguing the panel wrongly substituted its own findings for what the court actually found.

  • September 27, 2018

    Importers Demand Exclusions From $200B China Tariff Hit

    In the wake of President Donald Trump’s enactment of new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, more than 100 trade associations on Wednesday demanded that the administration establish a process for importers to earn product-specific exclusions from the levies.

  • September 26, 2018

    FCC Passes 5G 'Small Cell' Order Along Party Lines

    The Federal Communications Commission passed a divisive order along party lines Wednesday that sets standard rates, terms and deadlines for the approval of new small cells and interprets prohibitive local policies as effective barriers to deployment.

  • September 26, 2018

    EU Unveils Self-Regulatory Code To Combat Fake News

    The European Union’s executive branch on Wednesday unveiled a “code of practice” adopted by advertising and online industry players such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to combat fake news, although an EU “sounding board” of fact-checkers, academics and others questioned whether the code included effective commitments.

  • September 26, 2018

    White House 5G Meeting To Focus On Commercial Carriers

    Tech and telecom leaders are gearing up for a meeting at the White House on Friday that will focus on the commercial benefits of 5G and how the private sector will make it a reality, with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and National Telecommunications and Information Administration leader David Redl on the list of expected guests.

  • September 26, 2018

    FCC Hits Telemarketers In $120M Spoofing Crackdown

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday hit two telemarketers with $120 million in fines and proposed penalties for "spoofing" or manipulating caller ID information to make sales calls harder to track.

  • September 26, 2018

    Tech Giants Want Uniform Privacy Law, But No GDPR

    Technology giants said at a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday that they would embrace new federal privacy legislation in the wake of headline-grabbing data misuse scandals, but urged Congress to use a lighter touch than regulators have in Europe where a strict privacy regime went into effect in May.

  • September 26, 2018

    Rare Auction Spurs Monstrous Sky Bet From Comcast

    Comcast is preparing to take over all of Sky in a roughly £29.7 billion ($39.1 billion) deal after the U.K.'s takeover regulator ordered a rare auction to end the monthslong bidding war over the British pay-TV giant being waged between Comcast and 21st Century Fox.

  • September 26, 2018

    Telecoms Need Safe Harbor For Blocking Calls, FCC Hears

    Phone service providers should get a regulatory safe harbor so they can block more fraudulent robocalls without potentially running afoul of telecom rules, key industry players have told the Federal Communications Commission.

  • September 26, 2018

    Qwest Wins 8th Circ. Fee Fight Over Conference Calls

    The Eighth Circuit sided with CenturyLink subsidiary Qwest on Tuesday in its battle with online conference call firms accused of taking kickbacks to generate large volumes of phone minutes, saying they disrupted Qwest’s contract with a local carrier and caused excessive long-distance fees.

  • September 26, 2018

    21st Century Fox Will Sell Sky Stake To Comcast For £11.6B

    21st Century Fox said Wednesday it will sell its 39 percent stake in Sky to Comcast for £11.6 billion ($15.3 billion), after Comcast again topped the New York-based media company's offer in a bidding war over the British pay TV giant that was settled at an auction ordered by U.K.'s takeover regulator.

  • September 25, 2018

    Qualcomm Adds To Claims Apple Shared Secrets With Intel

    Qualcomm Inc. expanded its patent licensing war against Apple Inc. on Monday, adding claims to a suit in California state court alleging the iPhone maker exposed Qualcomm's trade secrets to engineers who were working on a competing product with Intel.

  • September 25, 2018

    Kid Vid Revamp Would Be Burden: Sesame Street Producers

    The producers of the long-running educational children’s show Sesame Street asked the Federal Communications Commission Monday to delay changes to the Children’s Television Act, which sets requirements for children’s programming, in order to make sure that any modifications keep educational requirements intact.

  • September 25, 2018

    US, EU, Japan Focus On China As Security Tariffs Linger

    Top trade officials for the U.S., European Union and Japan vowed Tuesday to continue working together against controversial Chinese economic policies, but gave no indication that they had resolved the struggle arising out of the Trump administration’s national security duties on steel and aluminum.

  • September 25, 2018

    9th Circ. Told FCC Licensing Co. Services Are Not Securities

    An Arizona company told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court incorrectly sided with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which had accused it of running a fraud scheme involving applications to the Federal Communications Commission for cellular spectrum licenses, arguing it sold services to customers and not securities.

Expert Analysis

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Design Patent Damages And The Jury's Confusion In Apple

    Derek Dahlgren

    Comments from a juror after the Apple v. Samsung trial revealed a specific problematic conclusion reached by the jury in its decision-making process, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.