CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        The FCC's February Meeting Agenda Reflects Its Desire to Innovate And Modernize

        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:   

        First, the FCC eliminated the requirement that low power TV, TV and FM translator, TV and FM booster stations, cable television relay station licensees, and cable operators with more than 1000 subscribers maintain paper copies of FCC rules. 

        The FCC considered modernizing outdated payphone rules, including eliminating the requirement that completing carriers file an annual report prepared by an independent third party auditor to verify their ongoing compliance with the FCC’s payphone call tracking system requirements.  With fewer people using payphones, these audits can cost as much as, if not more than, the compensation they were meant to verify. 

        The FCC also considered an order addressing the remaining issues raised by the seven petitions filed seeking reconsideration of the Mobility Fund Phase II Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which was adopted last year and provides $4.53 billion in high-cost support over 10 years to extend mobile voice and broadband coverage to unserved areas.  The proposed order would resolve challenges to the previously adopted order, including requests for clarification and modifications. 

        Additionally, the FCC considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning Section 7 of the Communications Act that sets forth a policy of encouraging the provision of new technologies and services to the public and requires the FCC to determine whether any new technology or service proposed in a petition or application is in the public interest within one year after such petition or application is filed.  Because the FCC never adopted rules or procedures to implement this section, the proposed order would 1) adopt specific filing requirements and particular factors to be used to evaluate requests seeking consideration under Section 7, and 2) require the FCC to evaluate the request and determine within 90 days whether the proposed technology or service qualifies for Section 7 treatment.  If adopted, the order would require the FCC to take swift action to evaluate the technology or service, serving the public interest. 

        Lastly, the FCC considered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on proposed rules that would apply to the spectrum above 95 GHz for licensed services, unlicensed operations, and a new class of experimental licenses.  Although the spectrum 95 GHz has been considered the outermost edge of the usable spectrum, the FCC has recently seen increased interest in these bands as a result of new technology and is thus considering rules to enable innovators and entrepreneurs to further develop technology that can effectively use this spectrum. 

        As stated by Chairman Pai, February's agenda reflected the FCC’s goal under the current administration to further unleash innovation, close the digital divide, and modernize the rules, which the FCC has been pushing to do over the past year.