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FCC Grants States Extra Time to Implement Lifeline Rules

On December 1, 2016, the day before new eligibility and port freeze rules imposed by the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order on Lifeline-supported broadband services were to take effect, the FCC granted in part the petitions of eight states seeking waivers to delay implementation of a portion of the new Lifeline eligibility rules that remove state-specific programs from the list of federal Lifeline-qualifying programs.... Read More

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Commission Approval of ICAs in Oregon, Arizona

Does the 1996 Telecommunications Act grant state commissions the authority to arbitrate an interconnection agreement when the negotiations were initiated by an incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) rather than a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC)?  That question remains unanswered by the Ninth Circuit following a June decision that resolved an interconnection dispute between North County Communications, a CLEC, and Qwest Corporation (now part of CenturyLink), an ILEC.... Read More

Wireless Legal Seminar for the West

Friday, November 18, 2016 8:30 a.m – 5:15 p.m. PST Davis Wright Tremaine 1201 Third Avenue Suite 2200 Seattle, WA 98101 The wireless world continues to explode as smartphones and 4G become ubiquitous – and devices, apps and other usage climb at exponential rates. This seminar, sponsored by CTIA—the leading organization in the U.S. for the wireless industry—and co-sponsored by Federal Communications Bar Association, addresses the full range of legal and regulatory issues for all participants in the wireless ecosystem: Privacy, Robocalls, and Ongoing Related Jurisdictional Issues Spectrum, Spectrum and More Spectrum: Auctions, Wi-Fi and Related Updates The FCC in the Courts: Never Before Has the FCC Experienced So Much Litigation.... Read More