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Date: 05.01.2017
Background: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the full court will not hear an appeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet order. The following statement can be attributed to USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter: “We’re gratified that three of the D.C. Circuit judges wanted to rehear...
Date: 03.31.2017
In an op-ed published recently in Axios, USTelecom President Jonathan Spalter focused on how consumers’ privacy will not be affected by the recent congressional decision to block the FCC’s implementation of new online privacy rules which were rushed through during the final days of former chairman Tom Wheeler's tenure. Congress...
Date: 09.08.2016
For the past two years, two of the largest licensing clearinghouses, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) have been negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to gain more control over fees for their artists’ work that is shared with digital services. These organizations,...
Date: 09.02.2016
Internet providers, Silicon Valley companies, advertisers and even the FTC have all provided feedback to the Federal Communications Commission about why its proposed privacy rules are problematic. It would do little more than impose needless restrictions on broadband providers without actually increasing online users’ privacy. Harvard Law...
Date: 08.10.2016
Background: Today, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s order preempting two state laws that put limits on municipal broadband networks. The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick: “Today’s decision is a victory for the rule of law. The FCC...
Date: 08.08.2016
The Federal Communications Commission did the right thing five years ago when it adopted a new formula for determining how much telecommunications and cable providers pay to attach equipment to utility poles. The agency brought the pole attachment rate telecom providers pay down closer to the rate charged to cable operators. While utility...
Date: 02.10.2016
Online users that repeatedly steal copyrighted material could cause their Internet service providers to bear the brunt of their illegal activity, based on a recent lawsuit resulting in a $25 million fine. The case, profiled in this Holland & Knight LLP analysis, reviewed the BMG Rights Management lawsuit, which sought to hold Cox...
Date: 04.13.2015
USTelecom filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open Internet order on grounds that it is arbitrary and capricious, and violates federal law. “In challenging the legality of the FCC’s Open Internet order, USTelecom believes the FCC used the wrong...
Date: 03.23.2015
Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 706, 47 U.S.C. § 402(a), 28 U.S.C. §§ 2342(1) and c.:.J2344, and Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure  15(a), the United States Telecom Association ("USTelecom") hereby petitions this Court for review of the order of the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") captioned In re...