Telecommunications

  • January 31, 2018

    Wash. AG Sees Surge In Comcast Service Plan Complaints

    The Washington state attorney general’s office has announced that it has received “dozens” of complaints from Comcast customers in the weeks since it unveiled expanded state court allegations in a $100 million-plus lawsuit accusing the company of deceiving consumers and signing some up for a paid service without their consent.

  • January 31, 2018

    FCC's Carr Outlines Deregulation Plan To Spur 5G Buildout

    Federal Communications Commission member Brendan Carr proposed a series of regulatory cuts to spur investment in the next generation mobile data network in a speech Wednesday in Belgium, calling for the agency to pare down environmental and other reviews to get the country “5G ready.”

  • January 30, 2018

    Calif. Senate Passes Net Neutrality Law, Defies FCC Order

    Challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to unravel net neutrality, the California State Senate approved a bill imposing net neutrality restrictions on internet service providers, despite the agency's order preempting states from passing their own versions of the Obama-era regulation.

  • January 30, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Walmart, Telecom Italia, InterCement

    Walmart is eyeing a stake in an Indian e-commerce company, Telecom Italia might spin off its network into a separate company, and Latin American cement giant InterCement Participações SA might be listing its European and African operations.

  • January 30, 2018

    FCC Votes To Open Economics Office Over Dems' Objections

    The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to open a new Office of Economics and Analytics, despite criticism from Democratic leaders that the reorganization will create an echo chamber to prop up an industry-driven agenda.

  • January 30, 2018

    Federal Cash Needed To Bridge Digital Divide, ISPs Say

    Bringing high-speed internet service to remote rural and other underserved areas will take big bucks as well as a big cut in red tape, telecommunications industry representatives and consumer advocates told a congressional panel Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    FCC Proposes $18.7M Fine For Rural Health Program Fraud

    The FCC on Tuesday voted unanimously to move forward with a proposed $18.7 million fine against a telecommunications service provider accused of using fraudulent documentation and an improper relationship with a bidding consultant to bilk a program that helps rural health care providers pay for communication services.

  • January 30, 2018

    False Missile Alert Stemmed From Drill Gone Bad, FCC Says

    The Hawaii state employee who blasted out a false missile alert in mid-January did so because he misinterpreted an unannounced training exercise and believed the threat was real, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Samsung, Verizon Face East Texas IP Infringement Suit

    An Israeli inventor and computer scientist sued Samsung and Verizon through his patent holding company Tuesday in an Eastern District of Texas lawsuit alleging infringement of cellphone signal-boosting technology that uses televisions and other equipment to route calls through add-on base stations.

  • January 30, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Nixes Sanctions Against DOJ Atty In Contract Row

    The Federal Circuit threw out a sanctions order against a U.S. Department of Justice attorney handling a dispute over a $99 million U.S. Department of Defense contract, saying that the lower court had no reason to believe that the attorney was acting in bad faith when he provided an incorrect timeline for the contract’s implementation.

  • January 29, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Apple Win In Missing Text Messages Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court’s finding that Apple Inc. did not violate wiretapping laws by failing to deliver iMessages to those who stopped using Apple phones, ruling the tech giant could not have intercepted messages its servers never sent.

  • January 29, 2018

    Apple Says Voip-Pal Lied About Source Of PTAB Letters

    Apple Inc. continued its quest for sanctions against Voip-Pal.com Inc. on Friday following the communications company's successful defense of two Voice over Internet Protocol patents, arguing Voip-Pal's management participated in behind-the-scenes correspondence its former CEO sent the Patent Trial and Appeal Board during the proceedings.

  • January 29, 2018

    Agencies Can Better Prevent Fake Comments: FCC Commish

    Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called on the federal government Monday to address widespread public comment fraud and abuse, saying agencies should conduct their own internal investigations and implement simple security measures while probes into the veracity of online public comments are ongoing.

  • January 29, 2018

    Fox Sports Cos., Execs Duck Some Of TV Rights Bribery Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday nixed antitrust and deceptive practices claim from a bribery lawsuit against Fox Sports units and executives over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments, but said they could not shake allegations of corruption.

  • January 29, 2018

    ‘Critical’ UK Cos. Face $24M Fines For Bad Cyber Protection

    Companies operating in the “most critical” British industries including infrastructure and health could be fined up to £17million ($24 million) if they’re found lacking “effective cyber security measures,” according to an announcement Sunday from the U.K. government.

  • January 29, 2018

    Bipartisan Net Neutrality Legislation Possible, GOP Rep. Says

    Bipartisan legislation to address the so-called net neutrality debate is still on the table despite an attempt to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s recent vote through the Congressional Review Act, according to Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., on Monday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

    Patrick Stokes

    The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Decisive Battle For Net Neutrality Looms Ahead

    Andrew McBride

    The Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote on its net neutrality order will set the stage for a classic battle over regulatory philosophies, and appeal to the D.C. Circuit is a foregone conclusion. Add the possible re-examination of Chevron deference and the case has all the makings of a blockbuster that comes along only once a generation, says Andrew McBride of Perkins Coie LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.