Telecommunications

  • January 29, 2018

    Site Owner Data Won't Go Dark Despite EU Rule, Official Says

    The head of the U.S. executive branch agency that manages spectrum resources outlined plans Monday to keep web domain ownership information from going offline despite an impending European Union data protection regime and to set an aggressive agenda for cracking down on botnet attacks.

  • January 29, 2018

    FCC Unanimously Pans Call For Gov't-Run 5G Network

    The entire lineup of the Federal Communications Commission, including President Donald Trump's appointed chairman, broke with the administration Monday, blasting a reported plan for a government-run nationwide 5G wireless network.

  • January 26, 2018

    NAB Seeks To Oppose Media Ownership Deregulation Suit

    The National Association of Broadcasters on Thursday asked to intervene in a suit in the Third Circuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s deregulation of its broadcast media ownership rules, saying its members would be adversely affected if the decision is reversed.

  • January 26, 2018

    FCC Wants More Owner Info In Spanish Broadcaster Probe

    A financially troubled Spanish-language radio and television broadcaster must provide more information regarding its foreign ownership share to the Federal Communications Commission before the commission can determine whether the broadcaster is in compliance with FCC benchmarks, according to a filing made public Thursday.

  • January 26, 2018

    Cuomo Tells ISPs To Obey Net Neutrality Or Risk State Work

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has delivered an ultimatum to internet service providers that have state contracts, ordering them to comply with net neutrality principles or risk losing their work for the state’s agencies.

  • January 26, 2018

    UK Chided For Failing To Collect Info Under VAT System

    The European Commission on Thursday called out the U.K. for purportedly failing to share with other European Union countries bank account details for everybody registered in an EU-wide system for collecting value-added tax on broadcasting services, saying the practice violated administrative cooperation rules. 

  • January 26, 2018

    Comcast Defends Hire Of Ex-Tech VP To Consult On IP Suit

    Comcast told a Pennsylvania court there was nothing wrong with its hiring the former vice president of a California technology company as a consultant on the patents at issue in an infringement suit being brought against it by that company.

  • January 26, 2018

    Ala. Man Cops To $16M DOD Telecom Contract Fraud

    An Alabama man pled guilty on Thursday for his involvement in a government kickback and bribery scheme said to have run up more than $15.7 million in fraudulent charges on a telecommunications contract for the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General.

  • January 26, 2018

    FCC’s O'Rielly Wants To Roll Back Kids' Program Mandate

    Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly called Friday for the elimination, or at least scaling back, of the FCC’s “kid vid” programming requirements tying minimum children’s programming mandates into broadcast license renewals under rules the Republican commissioner derided as burdensome and unnecessary.

  • January 26, 2018

    Dish Can't Trim Class Members Owed $61M In Robocall Row

    A North Carolina federal judge on Thursday blasted Dish Network LLC for trying to trim the number of consumers it owes a total of $61 million to for placing illegal calls through an authorized dealer, saying she has taken note of the company’s “lack of respect” and attempts to recycle discredited arguments.

  • January 26, 2018

    Lenovo, Motorola End Suits By Wi-LAN Over 4G Tech

    Lenovo and Motorola have agreed with Wi-LAN Inc. to dismiss the Canadian technology development and licensing company’s infringement suit over fourth-generation wireless technology patents, according to a filing in California federal court.

  • January 25, 2018

    AOL Says Dell Ruling Gives It a Leg Up In Appraisal Case

    AOL told the Delaware Chancery Court, in a brief made public Thursday, that the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Dell appraisal case “entirely undermines” shareholders’ contention in its own appraisal proceedings that the $4.4 billion merger with Verizon was undervalued.

  • January 25, 2018

    Music Modernization Act: 4 Big Things You Need To Know

    A new copyright bill promises to "modernize" the way digital streaming music services pay royalties, but what exactly does that mean? Here are the four big things you need to know about the Music Modernization Act.

  • January 25, 2018

    New Bills Signal A Consensus On Broadband Buildout

    A slew of broadband infrastructure bills have been making the rounds on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, pointing to an increased interest in the nonpartisan issue of expanding rural connectivity in the wake of the heated debate over the Federal Communications Commission's move on net neutrality.

  • January 25, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Display Patents LG Infringed Survive Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s findings that Core Wireless’ display patents were infringed by LG and are not invalid under Alice, saying the patents do not claim abstract ideas as LG had argued.

  • January 25, 2018

    Charter School CEO Indicted In FCC E-Rate Program Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced the indictment of a Texas charter school's CEO as well as a construction contracting executive who is accused of bribing his way into a contract providing the school with internet services funded by the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program.

  • January 25, 2018

    Grindr Not Responsible For Offensive Profiles, Court Says

    A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed the bulk of a lawsuit accusing the online dating app Grindr LLC of lacking safety features that would have prevented a “malicious” impersonation scheme by an ex-boyfriend, saying Grindr isn’t responsible for users’ behavior.

  • January 25, 2018

    Calif. Mayor Quits Broadband Panel, Decries Industry Tilt

    San Jose’s mayor resigned from a Federal Communications Commission advisory board Thursday, saying the body was too tilted toward industry, at the expense of local influence, to encourage broadband access.

  • January 25, 2018

    False Missile Alert Was Outside FCC Control, Senate Told

    The Federal Communications Commission distanced itself on Thursday from an emergency alert that falsely claimed a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, with a top staffer telling a Senate panel the agency is only in charge of managing the alert framework, not authenticating the messages sent over it.

  • January 24, 2018

    GAO Rejects Challenge To $4B Army Radio Contract Terms

    The U.S. Army adequately explained the safety and security reasons behind its requirements for a $3.9 billion communications radio contract, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision made public Wednesday, denying a protest arguing the Army wrongly overlooked a technically superior solution.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Reasonable-Royalty Lessons From Prism V. Sprint

    Karen Romrell

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to take up Sprint’s appeal, upholding Prism’s patent damages award. Here, Karen Romrell of Hampton IP & Economic Consultants LLC discusses various aspects of prior licenses and settlement agreements as set forth in Prism v. Sprint, along with other court decisions, to assist damage experts in determining a reasonable royalty.

  • Inventorship Considerations In Omnibus Patent Applications

    Peter Sleman

    Ericsson recently announced that it had filed a “landmark” patent application that covers a “complete architecture for the 5G network standard” and includes 130 inventors. Patent prosecutors across the country likely trembled at the mention of 130 inventors in a single application — and for good reason, says Peter Sleman of Wei & Sleman LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • High Transparency May Help SSOs Under Attack By DOJ

    David Newman

    Member-driven standard-setting organizations have traditionally steered clear of antitrust focus despite their inevitable tendency for concerted action. However, new scrutiny espoused by Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim should lead SSOs to change protocol, says David Newman, leader of Gould & Ratner LLP's intellectual property group.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.