Telecommunications

  • March 20, 2017

    Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

    Telecommunications companies, advocates and trade groups have continued to push their agenda at the Federal Communications Commission over the last month, with the universal service fund, post-broadcast incentive auction transition and video relay service reform topping the list of concerns for the most vocal lobbyists.

  • March 20, 2017

    New FCC Chief Breaks With Trump On Media 'Enemy' Remarks

    The new Federal Communications Commission chairman provided a one-word answer — “no” — in a letter to Senate Democrats released Monday responding to a query on whether he agreed with President Donald Trump's statements that the media is “the enemy of the American people.”

  • March 20, 2017

    Wireless Co. Loses Challenge To First Responder Network Bid

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has shot down wireless network company Rivada Mercury LLC’s bid protest in a multibillion-dollar project aimed at building a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety, according to a sealed opinion filed Friday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Davis Polk Advises Spanish Telecom On $3.5B Debt Offering

    The Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica SA and one of its affiliates turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP for a debt offering that raised $3.5 billion for its general corporate purposes, according to the firm and securities filings.

  • March 20, 2017

    FCC Lays Out Criteria For $2B Connect America Auction

    The Federal Communications Commission said it will prioritize high speeds, low latency and low costs in its coming selection of internet providers that will receive up to $1.98 billion in federal funding to support broadband development in unserved and high-cost areas across America, according to a Tuesday final rule.

  • March 20, 2017

    Lifeline Providers Push FCC To Flip Eligibility Move

    A coalition of Lifeline providers has urged the Federal Communications Commission to undo its decision to strip nine providers of newly granted federal eligibility to provide the subsidized broadband service to underserved communities.

  • March 20, 2017

    Verizon's $11B Bond Sale To Buy Back Debt, Fund Yahoo Deal

    Telecommunications giant Verizon Communications Inc. has sold $11 billion in bonds to refinance debt and help the company fund its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo, according to a regulatory filing Thursday, the latest in a wave of large deals by investment-grade companies.

  • March 20, 2017

    AT&T Asks FCC To Make Jewish Center Call Traces Permanent

    AT&T pushed the Federal Communications Commission on Friday to make permanent a temporary waiver that allows Jewish community centers to get increased access to blocked phone numbers when facing bomb threats.

  • March 20, 2017

    Blank Check Co., Cision To Form $2.4B Media Software Co.

    Blank check company Capitol Acquisition Corp. III will combine with private equity-backed Cision Inc. in a deal that will make the cloud-based media communications software provider a publicly traded company worth roughly $2.4 billion, according to a statement on Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    NBC Blasts Baiul Royalty Appeal In 2nd Circ.

    NBCUniversal has blasted an appeal in the Second Circuit in which famed figure skater Oksana Baiul is attempting to salvage a suit over royalty payments from the 1994 NBC television special “Nutcracker on Ice,” saying her claims have been dramatically inconsistent.

  • March 20, 2017

    Vodafone, Idea's $23B Deal Forms India's No. 1 Telecom Co.

    The U.K.’s Vodafone Group PLC will join its business in India with Aditya Birla Group’s Idea in a $23.2 billion merger of equals that stands to create the country’s largest telecommunications operator, according to a statement on Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Facebook Users Fight 9th Circ. Take On Birthday Text Row

    The consumers behind a proposed class action alleging Facebook’s text message reminders about friends’ birthdays violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act urged a California judge not to certify for appeal his previous rejection of the social media giant’s dismissal request, calling it nothing but a stall tactic.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ala. Can't Get Redo On AT&T Users' Tax Refund Bid

    An Alabama appeals court on Friday declined to revisit its earlier decision denying the state’s attempt to avoid paying refunds to AT&T customers as part of a settlement in a class action accusing the telecom giant of collecting illegal taxes on internet service, keeping the government on the hook.

  • March 17, 2017

    $1M, Uncapped Deals Get Nod In Cellphone 'Cramming' Suits

    A Nebraska federal judge on Thursday granted final approval to a $1 million agreement and to a separate deal without a monetary cap that would settle claims by a class of consumers that three mobile messaging companies “crammed” their mobile phones by charging them for content services without authorization.

  • March 17, 2017

    Industry Mounts Final Assault On FCC’s ISP Privacy Rules

    A slew of industry organizations on Thursday lodged a last rebuttal to challengers in their effort to overturn privacy rules for internet service providers adopted by the Federal Communications Commission late in the Obama administration, complaining of “meritless” opposition on rules that are inconsistent with the Federal Trade Commission's tried and true approach.

  • March 17, 2017

    FCC Gives Honda More Time On Accessibility Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday granted Honda a 20-month waiver of accessibility rules for rear entertainment systems in several vehicles after the company said it hadn’t been aware the requirements applied, ruling the period will give the company time to comply.

  • March 17, 2017

    Samsung Tells High Court $120M Apple Patent Win Flouts Law

    Samsung has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Federal Circuit decision that it must pay $120 million for infringing Apple’s smartphone patents, saying the ruling created "new and incorrect” law that makes invalidating patents too hard and winning injunctions too easy.

  • March 17, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Continues Task Force Studying Telehealth

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai committed on Thursday to continue a task force focusing on broadband-enabled health care solutions as part of his push to bridging the digital divide, sparking praise from FCC Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

  • March 17, 2017

    Claims Court Chides Gov't Atty For Lack Of Contract Candor

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday criticized a federal attorney for a lack of candor over the status of the underlying deal in Level 3 Communications LLC’s successful protest of a $98.7 million Pentagon fiber optic circuit contract, recommending he be punished by his supervisor.

  • March 17, 2017

    Divided NLRB Upholds Staffing Co. Joint Employer Subpoena

    A split National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an IT staffing provider and other entities must respond to subpoenas from the board’s general counsel seeking information about whether they are joint employers, over an objection from the board’s acting chair.

Expert Analysis

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Defining 'Fair' Licensing: Where We Stand On FRAND

    Charles. L. “Chip” Babcock

    One of the hottest terms in tech right now is “internet of things.” And fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory licensing provides access to that connectivity. The FRAND system is based on mutual trust and shared commercial interests among the world’s most innovative companies. Where it gets complicated is that there is no consensus on what FRAND should mean and whether it can be defined in more detail, says Charles Babcock of Jackson Walker LLP.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • Avoiding FTC's Cross-Device Tracking Crosshairs

    Julie O’Neill

    While the Federal Trade Commission’s recent report on cross-device tracking does not introduce any materially new suggestions for compliance beyond existing industry self-regulatory efforts, it draws attention to the importance of compliance with those efforts and the potential risks of enforcement for failing to clearly and accurately describe cross-device tracking practices, say Julie O’Neill and Adam Fleisher of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • How The Courts Review Executive Orders

    Steven D. Gordon

    The cases challenging President Donald Trump’s executive orders fit within the established legal framework that limits, but does not preclude, judicial review of such orders, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Why FTC V. Qualcomm Follow-On Suits Are Worth Watching

    Jason A. Levine

    Even if Qualcomm settles with the Federal Trade Commission or the FTC votes to withdraw the complaint based on the views of new commissioners, Qualcomm still faces the prospect of massive liability to consumers claiming injury. The antitrust and securities class actions that have been filed starkly illustrate the risk that government enforcement action creates for companies, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • The Loss Of Confidentiality In NY Arbitral Enforcement Cases

    Jonathan J. Tompkins

    A sobering series of decisions from New York federal courts has made clear that the valued benefits of confidentiality attendant to arbitration will almost assuredly be rendered ineffectual if and when recognition and enforcement is sought in New York, says Jonathan Tompkins of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Latest Twist In The Merger Objection Lawsuit Saga

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    A New York appellate court’s recent decision in Gordon v. Verizon presents a number of important suggestions on the future direction of merger objection lawsuits, and raises the question of whether New York will become an attractive forum for such cases, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.