The End of the Open Internet? Chairman Pai Proposes Net Neutrality Rollback
November 22, 2017

Lauren J. Coppola
Paige V. Schroeder

The FCC’s Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, released a statement concerning net neutrality on Tuesday, announcing a plan to stop the federal government's “micromanaging” of the internet.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Issues Guidance to Convert Registered Marijuana Dispensaries to For-Profit Entities
November 16, 2017

William R. Moorman, Jr.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued guidance to allow licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to operate as Massachusetts business corporations.

Rumored Merger Between T-Mobile and Sprint Called Off
November 6, 2017

Lauren J. Coppola
Paige V. Schroeder

As reported in our last blog post, it had been long speculated, with increasing intensity, that T-Mobile and Sprint were close to announcing a merger between the two companies. However, on Saturday, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that the rumored merger was off. This merger would have been consistent with the trend towards deregulating the telecommunications industry that we have been expecting under the new administration.

And Then There Were Three? Telecom Deregulation Likely to Happen
November 3, 2017

Lauren J. Coppola
Paige V. Schroeder

2017 has brought many changes to the telecommunications industry and yet, it remains to be seen what effect recent developments will have in the future. One thing we can count on is the continued deregulation of the overall industry under the current administration.

Will California Wildfires Cause Spike In Marijuana Prices?
November 3, 2017

The recent wildfires in Northern California have destroyed nearly 6000 structures and have burned over 200,000 acres of land --- an area the size of New York City. The fires also have killed at least 40 people.

Congress Continues to Thwart Sessions' Attempt to Attack Medical Marijuana Use
November 6, 2017

Supporters of recreational marijuana use are still celebrating their legislative victory in Massachusetts. But whether they ultimately will be successful at the federal level still is unclear. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been sending signals that indicate that a federal crackdown on the use of marijuana may be imminent in states that have legalized such use, actions by Congress and President Trump have been sending other messages and continue to block Sessions from following through on his threats.

Net Neutrality - Time is Running Out
August 30, 2017

Lauren J. Coppola
Paige V. Schroeder

There are less than 24 hours left for the public to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission’s (the “FCC”) proposal concerning net neutrality. Although the rebuttal period for comments was scheduled to end on August 16, 2017, the FCC extended the deadline by two weeks.

Keeping ROBO Callers From Finding Your New Phone Number
July 14, 2017

Lauren J. Coppola
Paige V. Schroeder

On July 13, 2017, the FCC adopted a Second Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) seeking comments as to different means of minimizing or eliminating robocalls to consumers with reassigned numbers. This comes as a follow up to the NOI and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the FCC concerning robocalls earlier this summer.


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