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States Follow Through With Commitment to Protect Net Neutrality
March 6, 2018

Paige V. Schroeder

As we discussed in our January blog, states are taking the protection of net neutrality into their own hands. This week Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee signed the first state net neutrality bill to prevent internet service providers from blocking websites or charging more for faster delivery of certain sites, which is now permissible under the Federal Communication Commission’s recent order repealing the rules prohibiting paid preferences, throttling, and blocking that were adopted under President Obama.

The FCC’s February Meeting Agenda Reflects Its Desire to Innovate And Modernize
February 21, 2018

Paige V. Schroeder

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) held an Open Agenda Meeting where a number of items were set for discussion. As Chairman Ajit Pai designated February “Innovation Month” at the FCC, the meeting agenda included, among others, the following issues which were geared at promoting that goal:

Attacks Mount Against FCC After Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules
January 19, 2018

Paige V. Schroeder

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) repeal of net neutrality in December was certainly not the final word on the matter. The FCC’s decision to roll back Obama-era rules prohibiting paid preferences, throttling and blocking in the order captioned Restoring Internet Freedom (the “Order”), which became final on January 4, is currently under attack on multiple fronts and others are sure to come.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Net Neutrality - Time is Running Out
August 30, 2017

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

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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Studies show that Americans are more worried than ever about data privacy and security on the internet.

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