In a Press Release earlier this week, FCC Chaiman Pai gave his blessing to a report of the North American Numbering Council on “SHAKEN/STIR”, an industry-developed set of protocols and operational procedures for the cryptographic signing of telephone calls, designed to authenticate telephone calls and mitigate Caller ID spoofing and illegal robocalling. Basically, SHAKEN/STIR is intended to eliminate the use of illegitimate spoofed numbers from the telephone system by establishing a trust-based system for authenticating legitimate ones.
By: Doug Bonner, Marty Stern and Rebecca Jacobs On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a rare Joint Resolution of Congress under the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which disapproved the Broadband Privacy Rules adopted late last year by then-Chairman Wheeler’s Democratic-led Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”), making […]
By Marty Stern Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the formation of a new Broadband Advisory Committee, calling for nominations by February 15, 2017. The mission of the new FCC federal advisory committee is to make recommendations to the Commission as to how to accelerate broadband […]
FCC Wireless Bureau’s Staff Report Questions AT&T and Verizon Zero Rating Practices in Mobile Broadband Market…But To What Effect Under the Trump Administration?
By Doug Bonner On January 11, 2017, the FCC released its most extensive “policy review” of mobile broadband operators sponsored data offerings for zero-rated content and services since the Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order. Rebuffing Republican requests, and a stated commitment by the Chairman not to take […]
By: Doug Bonner, Mark Palchick, Marty Stern and Rebecca Jacobs On December 2, 2016, the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Report and Order (“Order”) was published in the Federal Register, triggering the 30-day deadline for petitions for reconsideration, and the effective dates for certain new requirements adopted in the Order, […]
By: Marty Stern, Doug Bonner and Rebecca Jacobs The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau recently denied a petition from the Mortgage Bankers Association for an exemption from the prior express consent requirement for autodialed calls and texts to wireless numbers under the TCPA. The requested exemption would […]
FCC Proposes to Fine E-Rate Telecom Provider $106,425 for Violation of E-Rate Lowest Corresponding Price Rule
By: Mark Palchick and Rebecca Jacobs A recent Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) issued by the Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”) of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) proposing to fine AT&T $106,425, highlights the need for service providers in the E-rate program to ensure that they abide by […]
FCC OKs Certain Informational Calling and Texts by Schools and Utilities to Wireless Phones under TCPA
By: Douglas Bonner, Rebecca Jacobs, and Marty Stern The FCC recently released a Declaratory Ruling with new clarifications for schools and utilities on autodialed calls and texts and pre-recorded/artificial voice calling under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) for informational messages. The ruling confirms that it is not a violation […]