Telecommunications

  • January 31, 2017

    States Urge DC Circ. to Reject FCC Lifeline Change

    A coalition of 12 states and state utility commissions urged the D.C. Circuit Monday to quash a move by the Federal Communications Commission to create a federal process to confer eligibility to telecom companies to deliver Lifeline broadband services.

  • January 31, 2017

    3 Gorsuch Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is a 10-year veteran of the Tenth Circuit and has under his belt hundreds of opinions that can be mined for clues as to what kind of Supreme Court justice he would be. Here are three opinions by Judge Gorsuch to read right now.

  • January 31, 2017

    Apple Fights Antitrust Suit Over AT&T IPhone Deal

    Apple Inc. urged a California federal judge at a hearing Tuesday to throw out class action claims it violated antitrust laws by locking iPhone customers into voice and data plans with AT&T Mobility, saying customers knew they wouldn't be able to unlock their phones and switch carriers when they signed an exclusivity agreement.

  • January 31, 2017

    Nortel Calls Tech Co.'s $81M Ch. 11 IP Claim 'Stunning'

    Nortel Networks’ bankruptcy estate branded a technology firm’s recent bid to convert an $8.4 million claim into an $81.1 million version “stunning” late Monday, saying in a Delaware bankruptcy court law memo that the move is both unsupportable and years too late.

  • January 31, 2017

    Trump Nominates Judge Gorsuch For High Court Seat

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill a Supreme Court seat that has remained vacant since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, picking a well-respected figure in the conservative legal establishment who would restore the nation’s top bench to a Republican majority and likely break the recent spate of 4-4 ties.

  • January 31, 2017

    New FCC Won't Defend At DC Circ. Parts Of Inmate Call Caps

    Republicans newly at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission told the D.C. Circuit Tuesday that the commission will not defend two aspects of an attempt to cap inmate calling rates by the previous FCC in court next week, backing off from capping intrastate rates.

  • January 31, 2017

    FBI Says Releasing Farook Phone Hack Files Is Security Risk

    The FBI asked a D.C. federal court for a quick win on Monday in a suit brought by media organizations seeking to declassify files related to how the agency was able to hack one of the San Bernardino attackers’ iPhones without Apple’s help, saying disclosing those details risks educating America’s enemies on U.S. intelligence.

  • January 31, 2017

    House Passes DHS Internal Security, Israel Sharing Bills

    The House passed a series of bills Tuesday to alter U.S. cybersecurity policy, ranging from greater internal controls against the next leaker at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to international cooperation with Israel.

  • January 31, 2017

    FCC Is Asked To Reopen Broadcast Communication Channels

    Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein LLP urged the Federal Communications Monday to drop rules barring certain communications by TV broadcasters during the ongoing broadcast incentive auction, saying their portion of the sale is complete and there is no risk of an effect on bids or strategies.

  • January 31, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Favors ‘Open Internet’ But Mum On Plans

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he favors a “free and open internet” while opposing the reclassification of broadband providers under common carrier regulation at his first meeting as chief Tuesday, focusing instead on action to close the digital divide.

  • January 31, 2017

    Franken Urges Pai, A Net Neutrality Foe, To Keep It Alive

    Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., pressed the Federal Communications Commission's brand-new chairman, Ajit Pai, on Monday to reverse his opposition to the commission's 2015 order enshrining the principle of net neutrality, calling it the "First Amendment issue of our time."

  • January 31, 2017

    Sprint Using $2M Billing Suit To Avoid Payments: FairPoint

    FairPoint Communications Inc. urged a North Carolina federal judge Monday to toss, or at least pare back, a $2 million Sprint overbilling suit it says amounts to an end-run around $1 million in proper charges and is defeated by the nature of the underlying tariff.

  • January 31, 2017

    Globalstar Can Use Its Bandwidth For Broadband, FCC Says

    Satellite telecommunications provider Globalstar Inc. has gotten the green light to use its current spectrum for terrestrial broadband after narrowing an earlier request for expansion, according to a final rule the Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2017

    FCC’s Pai Drops Plan To Unlock Set-Top Boxes

    New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has stripped his predecessor's proposal to “unlock” consumer set-top boxes to competition from a list of items awaiting a vote, removing the plan from FCC consideration.

  • January 30, 2017

    FCC Republicans Push Small Biz Transparency Rule Relief

    The two Republicans who now make up a majority at the Federal Communications Commission have voted to waive temporarily stepped-up transparency requirements for small businesses with 250,000 or fewer subscribers, the new chairman said Friday, though the item remains pending awaiting a vote from the FCC’s lone remaining Democrat.

  • January 30, 2017

    Xtera Gets Nod For $10.5M Asset Sale To Stalking Horse

    Bankrupt fiber optic cable installation firm Xtera Communications Inc. received Delaware bankruptcy court approval Monday for a $10.5 million sale of its assets to an affiliate of HIG European Capital Partners LLP, who served as a post-petition lender to the company.

  • January 30, 2017

    AT&T Asks To Ax Patent Suit Over Anti-Pirating Servers

    A Texas-based intellectual property firm may not proceed with claims that an AT&T Inc. unit willfully violating a file-sharing manager patent because the patent is too broad and unoriginal, the telecom giant contended Friday, asking a Texas federal court to toss the suit.

  • January 30, 2017

    New FCC Yanks Business Data Plan From Consideration

    The newly Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission on Friday at least temporarily pulled a plan to reform the business data services market and apply rate caps, a plan criticized by now-FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as “regulatory overreach.”

  • January 30, 2017

    Broadband Infrastructure Momentum Likely To Keep Building

    Signals of bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and an early focus on the “digital divide” by newly named Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai all point to broadband infrastructure as a possible area of consensus in the new administration, experts say.

  • January 30, 2017

    New FCC Urged To Halt Broadband Privacy Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission must hold off on applying privacy rules passed in the twilight of the Obama administration for broadband providers, until the regulator resolves their challenges seeking to undo the new requirements, trade groups said Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Merger Control Update: It Ain't Over Till It's Over

    James W. Lowe

    Two recent enforcement actions — Valeant in the U.S. and Altice in France — are reminders that there are antitrust risks to be addressed after the deal is signed and even after it has closed, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Calif. High Court Case Will Affect Internet Free Speech

    David W. Evans

    If the Supreme Court of California adopts the view espoused by Yelp in the case on removal of defamatory posts, online review websites may be dragged into court regularly in disputes between third-party users and businesses, say David Evans and Renata Hoddinott of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.

  • The Future Of The FCC Robocall Strike Force

    Judith L. Harris

    Last month, the Federal Communications Commissions convened the second meeting of its Robocall Strike Force, created to solve the problem of unwanted robocalls. Though some progress has been made, the incoming administration may steer the FCC in a totally different direction, say Judith Harris and Kimberly Chow of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Post-Election Thoughts On Antitrust

    Pete Levitas

    President-elect Donald Trump has not outlined a formal antitrust policy agenda. However, the announcement that former Federal Trade Commissioner Joshua Wright will be leading the transition team effort for the FTC suggests that the administration may be at least considering a more traditional Republican approach to antitrust, says Pete Levitas of Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Cybersecurity Forecast: Trump's 'Warfare Of The Future' Plans

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    During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump did not extensively outline a cybersecurity strategy, but we can gain some insight into his agenda from information provided on his website and from his partnerships with both political and nonpolitical figures, says Meaghan Pedati of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • A Primer On The Presidential Appointee Vetting Process

    Robert K. Kelner

    With the election over, the process of selecting individuals to fill the next administration’s key appointed positions is quickly shifting into high gear. For those who are called to serve in such positions, the process entails extensive vetting of professional credentials and a host of personal background check issues, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.