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Telecommunications

  • July 25, 2018

    FCC Stands By Emergency Alert Rules For Satellite Operators

    The Federal Communications Commission has largely refused a request to tweak Emergency Alert System requirements imposed on satellite operators, but did grant an exemption for carrying alerts on signals aimed at audiences mostly outside the United States.

  • July 25, 2018

    Losing 5G Race Could Cost Billions, Telecom Cos. Warn Sens.

    Major telecom companies warned lawmakers Wednesday that the economy will lose billions of dollars if China beats the U.S. to deploying 5G broadband and next-generation wireless internet, which they say is critical to the future untethered workforce in everything from precision agriculture to app development.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    Prison Phone Cos. Push Back On Efforts To Halt Merger

    Prison phone operators Securus Technologies Inc. and Inmate Calling Solutions LLC have fired back at opponents of a proposed merger between the companies, telling the Federal Communications Commission that critics have misstated the facts about the impact of the deal on the market for inmate phone service.

  • July 25, 2018

    Tribes Say DC Circ. Ruling Backs Stay Bid In FCC Case

    A group of Native American tribes fighting a Federal Communications Commission rule allowing 5G network builders to skip tribal consultations told the D.C. Circuit to consider its own recent ruling in a similar case, arguing that the court has already found that a failure to consult isn't harmless.

  • July 25, 2018

    FCC Rightly Kept Video Relay Competitors, DC Circ. Says

    The Federal Communications Commission was justified in retaining its rate structure for reimbursing providers of video relay services because it did so with an eye toward preserving competitors in the market, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    DC Circ. Nixes Challenge To FCC Loophole On TV Station Cap

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday nixed a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's revival of a seemingly technical rule that lets broadcasters reach a higher percentage of U.S. households, the so-called UHF discount, while the FCC conducts a broader review of its media ownership policies.

  • July 24, 2018

    Ex-Professor Claims Lyft Poached Idea He Had In 1999

    A former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who claims he patented the concept underlying Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing business hit the company with an infringement suit in New York federal court Monday.

  • July 24, 2018

    Sinclair Begged To Explain Divestitures To FCC, Docs Show

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. pleaded with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to postpone sending its proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co. to an administrative law judge, saying the agency blindsided it with the suggestion that Sinclair had not been candid about three planned divestitures, emails released Monday show.

  • July 24, 2018

    AT&T Says Autodialer Not Used To Send Spanish Spam Texts

    AT&T moved for a quick win in a proposed class action over the sending of unwanted spam text messages in Spanish, telling an Illinois federal court Monday that no violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act occurred as the texts were not sent by an automatic telephone dialing system.

  • July 24, 2018

    Toyota Warns FCC Over Using Alternative To Car-To-Car Tech

    Toyota continues to warn the Federal Communications Commission about opening up spectrum currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-transportation-infrastructure communications safety technologies, according to an ex parte filing Monday detailing arguments that another technology isn’t a “viable alternative.”

  • July 24, 2018

    Midyear Report: Top Privacy Developments Of 2018, Part 2

    A hastily enacted California privacy law and back-to-back Capitol Hill hearings sparked by Facebook's data-sharing debacle were among the major privacy and cybersecurity developments so far in 2018, attorneys tell Law360 in the second part of our midyear recap.

  • July 24, 2018

    T-Mobile Fears Sprint Deal May Hamper Spectrum Auction Bid

    T-Mobile is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for assurances that its proposed merger with Sprint won’t keep it from bidding in wireless spectrum auctions under agency rules prohibiting joint-bidding arrangements between companies, according to an ex parte filing Monday.

  • July 24, 2018

    Telehealth Pilot Must Join Docs, Insurers, FCC's Carr Says

    An upcoming Federal Communications Commission inquiry into a telehealth pilot program must probe how to interface with insurers and health care professionals to make remote patient monitoring programs more common and successful, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience on Tuesday.

  • July 24, 2018

    How Mammoth Student Loans Are Dogging Today's Lawyers

    Six-figure student debt is fast becoming the norm for newly minted attorneys, a reality that's taking a toll on everything from job hunting to psychological well-being.

  • July 24, 2018

    FCC To Probe Proper Fees For International IP-Based Calls

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday asked for comments on Verizon Wireless Inc.'s request for an order confirming that local exchange telecom carriers can't charge terminating switched access charges for international calls completed with a calling card, including those calls relying on internet protocol.

  • July 24, 2018

    House Leader Proposes Cut Of Cable's Local Broadcast Regs

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., on Monday once again introduced legislation to pare down long-standing regulations that govern cable and satellite carriage of broadcast television stations, in a move that would allow cable systems to bail on carrying certain local broadcast content.

  • July 24, 2018

    Calling App Maker Wants TCPA Robotext Suit Arbitrated

    International calling app developer Boss Revolution has asked an Illinois federal judge to kick to arbitration a putative class action seeking to hold it liable for an avalanche of unsolicited marketing texts, saying to use the app in the first place consumers agree to waive any right to litigate in court. 

  • July 23, 2018

    Scott & Scott, Johnson Fistel To Lead Frontier Suit

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday appointed Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP and Johnson Fistel LLP co-lead counsel in an order consolidating three derivative suits against Frontier Communications Corp.’s executives over alleged misstatements about the company’s $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon Communications Inc. assets.

  • July 23, 2018

    Bill Roundup: House Passes Radio, Broadband Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a handful of telecom-related bills on Monday that seek to enable precision agriculture through expanded rural broadband connections, establish a three-digit suicide prevention hotline code, crack down on illegal radio stations and more.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Will The US Match Or Improve On GDPR Privacy Model?

    Jonathan Walsh

    While aspects of proposed U.S. privacy legislation mirror the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, none of the pending solutions in Congress provides the level of government protection of user data engendered by the GDPR, say Jonathan Walsh and Edward Combs of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • Time For M&A Parties To Take Gun-Jumping Rules Seriously

    Tobias Caspary

    The European Commission last week imposed a €124.5 million ($152.3 million) fine on Altice, which dwarfs previous gun-jumping fines by any other antitrust authority worldwide. While the rules on gun jumping may not yet be clear, what is already evident is the increasing focus of European and other regulators on procedural misdemeanors, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.