Telecommunications

  • October 20, 2017

    New Bill Aims To Fast-Track Broadband Infrastructure

    Two senators unfurled new legislation Friday that would speed up broadband infrastructure deployment by trimming the federal permitting process and eliminating some environmental reviews for equipment on public rights of way.

  • October 20, 2017

    City Broadband Projects Struggle Amid State Funding Push

    As the Federal Communications Commission pursues expanding rural broadband service and promoting 5G, states and municipalities are matching stride with their own funding and regulatory proposals. But it's not always smooth sailing at the local level. 

  • October 20, 2017

    USDA Wants Say In Limitless Mobile's Ch. 11 Plan

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture asked a Delaware bankruptcy court Thursday to temporarily allow $34 million worth of claims in defunct Limitless Mobile LLC’s restructuring so that it can vote on a proposed Chapter 11 plan, saying an adversary proceeding challenging those claims “lacks merit.”

  • October 20, 2017

    Telecom Co. Asks 11th Circ. To Nix Deal Over $9M Merger

    Peerless Network Inc. asked the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a ruling enforcing an agreement between it and a rival telecommunications firm over a botched acquisition deal worth $9 million, saying the judgment shouldn't have been enforced before discovery.

  • October 20, 2017

    Fox Demands Evidence Of Racism In White Employee's Suit

    Fox Television Stations and its Houston affiliate urged a Texas federal judge Thursday to compel a Caucasian former employee accusing the company of racial discrimination to cooperate, claiming she hasn't provided any substantive responses to their discovery requests or responded to attempts to schedule her deposition.

  • October 19, 2017

    Comcast, AT&T Among Big Hidden Donors To RNC: Report

    Comcast, AT&T, Microsoft and others secretly funneled nearly $1 million in cash through a shell company to fund a “plush hideaway for lawmakers” at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, a report released Wednesday by the Center for Public Integrity shows.

  • October 19, 2017

    Alarm.com Can't Dodge TCPA Claims In Telemarketing Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday allowed a woman's Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims against Alarm.com to move forward, but warned that her "slim" allegations against the home security system company over unwanted calls she received from third parties may be too weak to ultimately prevail.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ex-Gibson Dunn Atty Named New FCC General Counsel

    The current deputy solicitor general of West Virginia, and a former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorney, has been named the Federal Communications Commission’s general counsel, according to a statement by Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday, replacing an interim GC who has served in the post since September. 

  • October 19, 2017

    FCC Pauses Sinclair-Tribune Merger Review For Comments

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced it is slowing down its review process for the proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune to allow the public more time to comment on additional details the media giants provided this month on the $3.9 billion deal.

  • October 19, 2017

    Tech Giants Urge Stay On ISIS Suit For 9th Circ. Ruling

    Google, Facebook and Twitter have asked a California federal judge to pause a suit filed by families of victims in the San Bernardino terror attacks who say the companies enabled the spread of the Islamic State until an appeals court decides whether to revive a similar case brought by relatives of U.S. contractors killed at a Jordanian police academy.

  • October 19, 2017

    Brazilian Cops To Laundering Funds From TelexFree Scam

    A Brazilian national who led federal agents to $17 million hidden under a mattress pled guilty to two money laundering charges in Boston on Thursday for his role in allegedly attempting to transfer some of the proceeds from TelexFree Inc.’s $3 billion Ponzi and pyramid scheme.

  • October 19, 2017

    CIT Upholds Duty-Free Classification For Fiber Optics Gear

    The Court of International Trade on Wednesday upheld a U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification of fiber optics modules, rejecting ADC Telecommunications Inc.’s argument that “optics” involve only visible light because it would render part of the U.S.' tariff schedule “largely meaningless.”

  • October 19, 2017

    Apple's IPhone X Copies 'Animoji' Mark, App Developer Says

    Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone includes a new feature for animating emojis that rips off an existing app called "Animoji" with a similar function, an app developer said Wednesday in California federal court.

  • October 19, 2017

    Pa. Justices Affirm Nixing $1M Modem Service Sales Tax

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed a decision agreeing that the state could not impose a $1 million sales tax on Level 3 Communications LLC over its provision of modem services to AOL Inc.

  • October 18, 2017

    Pa. Justices Partially Strike Cap On Net Loss Carryovers

    Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday said Nextel Communications could not use prior operating losses to reduce its 2007 corporate taxable income to zero, ruling the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue does not have to refund the company $3.9 million and finding the state's cap on "net loss carryover" deduction violated the state Constitution's tax uniformity clause.

  • October 18, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Original Import Ban Against Arista In Cisco War

    The Federal Circuit upheld a U.S. International Trade Commission ban on network switches imported by Arista Networks found to have infringed Cisco Systems patents in a ruling posted Wednesday, though it leaves undisturbed an ITC preliminary finding allowing Arista entry of a redesigned version.

  • October 18, 2017

    Argentine Co. Still Excused From Soccer TV Rights Suit

    A Florida federal judge declined Wednesday to reconsider the dismissal of claims against an Argentine sports media rights company in a bribery and antitrust lawsuit against a group of 21st Century Fox Inc. units over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments.

  • October 18, 2017

    UN Telecom Agency Needn't Delve Into Privacy, Groups Say

    Several advocacy groups have spoken out against suggestions that a United Nations telecommunications agency expand its reach and become a major international forum for addressing privacy issues, challenging proposals floated by a regional group formed by Russia and former Soviet republics, as well as other nations.

  • October 18, 2017

    AT&T’s $85B Time Warner Deal Awaits DOJ After Brazil’s Nod

    AT&T Inc. on Wednesday said that Brazil’s antitrust authority has conditionally approved its planned $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., leaving the U.S. Department of Justice as the last regulatory hurdle for the megadeal.

  • October 18, 2017

    Dems Slam Pai's Delay In Addressing Trump's NBC Comments

    A group of Democratic senators on Tuesday told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that the Trump administration shows a "troubling disregard" for the First Amendment and press freedom and that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's delayed silence in responding to the president's recent threat against NBC is unacceptable.

Expert Analysis

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • It Is Time To Refresh The FCC's 499-A/Q Forms

    Douglas Jarrett

    While changing the Federal Communication Commission's 499-A/Q forms would not address challenges the Universal Service Fund is facing or answer Universal Service Administrative Company requests for guidance, a shift to fewer revenue buckets could streamline service providers' preparation of forms and USAC staff audits, says Douglas Jarrett of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • 5 Questions GCs Should Ask On Securing Internet Of Things

    Rebecca Eisner

    Connected devices are creating new markets and new efficiencies for global businesses. But the internet of things also raises a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy considerations for general counsel and their legal teams, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 2 Recent FCC Actions Target Business Communications

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is currently assessing whether to adopt new federal 911 rules for enterprise communication systems. It is also considering auctioning off desirable toll-free 800 numbers, which could make it more expensive for companies to obtain such numbers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.