Friday, August 18, 2017

TLP Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers®

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Telecommunications Law Professionals is pleased to announce that three lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Telecommunications Law Professionals would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list:
Carl W. Northrop, Communications Law & Corporate Law
Michael Lazarus, Communications Law
Dennis P. Corbett, Communications Law

Best Lawyers has published its list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.  It's first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries.

"Best Lawyers is the most effective tool in identifying critical legal expertise," said CEO Steven Naifeh.  "Inclusion on this list shows that an attorney is respected by his or her peers for professional success."

Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas.  They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. 



Monday, June 26, 2017

WTB Announces 600 MHz Applications are Accepted for Filing

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau ("WTB" or the "Bureau") released a Public Notice announcing that certain long-form applications for 600 MHz licenses have been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing.  Those accepted applications are sorted by licensee in
Attachment A, and by market in Attachment B.  The initial review of the long-form application is ongoing, and subsequent public notice(s) will announce the acceptance for filing of additional long-form applications.

Petitions to deny the applications in Attachment A must be filed no later than July 3, 2017.  Oppositions to a petition to deny must be filed no later than July 11, 2017.  Replies to oppositions must be filed no later than July 18, 2017.

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Chairman Pai Picks Rosemary Harold to Lead Enforcement Bureau

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau.  Harold is an attorney with considerable experience both within the agency and in private practice, as well as a former journalist.  She rejoins the agency from Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, where she was a partner.  Prior to joining the firm in 2011, she was legal advisor to then- FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell for media and broadband issues and deputy chief of the FCC's Media Bureau.

Harold will be working closely with Michael Carowitz, who, having served as acting bureau chief, will continue to help lead the Enforcement Bureau as deputy bureau chief.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

FCC Open Meeting Agenda Released

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") has released the following agenda for the June Open Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.:

Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission's Rules Regarding Emergency Alert System
(PS Docket No. 15-94) - The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would amend the Commission's Emergency Alert System ("EAS") rules to add a dedicated event code, "BLU," for Blue Alerts, so that EAS alerts can deliver actionable information to the public when a law enforcement officer is killed, seriously injured, missing in connection with his or her official duties, or if there is an imminent and credible threat to a law enforcement officer.

Procedures for Commission Review of  State Opt-Out Requests from the FirstNet Radio Access Network (PS Docket No. 16-269) - The Commission will consider a Report and Order that establishes the procedures and standards the Commission will use to review alternative plans submitted by states seeking to "opt-out" of the FirstNet network and to build their own Radio Access Networks that are interoperable with FirstNet.

Rules and Policies Regarding Calling Number Identification Service – Caller ID (CC Docket No. 91-281); Waiver of FCC Regulations at 47 C.F.R. § 64.1601(b) on Behalf of Jewish Community Centers The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would amend the Caller ID rules to allow disclosure of blocked Caller ID information to aid law enforcement in investigating threatening calls and continue the waiver of those rules that is currently in effect for Jewish Community Centers.

WorldVu Satellites Limited, d/b/a OneWeb (Call Sign S2963) - The Commission will consider an Order and Declaratory Ruling that recommends granting OneWeb's request to be permitted to access the U.S. market using its proposed global non-geostationary satellite constellation for the provision of broadband communications services in the United States.

Improving Competitive Broadband Access to Multiple Tenant Environments

(GN Docket No. 17-142) - The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on ways to facilitate greater consumer choice and enhance broadband development in multiple tenant environments such as apartment buildings, condominium buildings, shopping malls, or cooperatives.  The Notice of Inquiry further seeks comment on the current state of broadband competition in such locations and whether additional action in this area is warranted to eliminate or reduce barriers faced by broadband providers that seek to serve the occupants of multiple tenant environments. 

Electronic Annual Notice Declaratory Ruling (MB Docket No. 16-126) - The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling which would clarify that the "written information" that cable operators must provide to their subscribers via annual notices pursuant to Section 76.1602(b) of the Commission's rules may be provided via e-mail.

Modernization of Payphone compensation Rules (WC Docket No. 17-141); Implementation of the Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 96-128); 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations (WC Docket No. 16-132) - The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order that (1) proposes to eliminate the requirement that carriers that complete payphone calls conduct an annual audit of their payphone call tracking systems and file an associated annual audit report with the Commission, and (2) waives upcoming annual audit and associated reporting requirements.

Enforcement Bureau Action - The Commission will consider an enforcement action.

Drafts of the items listed above are available at: https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2017/06/june-2017-open-commission-meeting

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FCC Grants 600 MHz Licenses

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") has released a Public Notice announcing the completion of review of applications and granting new 600 MHz licenses pursuant to the Incentive auction.  These granted licenses are sorted by licensee in Attachment A, and sorted by market in Attachment B. 

The FCC reminds licensees that they should review all Commission orders and public notices establishing rules and policies for the 600 MHz band, including but not limited to spectrum use during the Post-Auction Transition Period, procedures for commencing operations, and performance requirements.

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Chairman Pai Picks Stockdale to Lead Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or the "Commission") Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he intends to appoint Donald Stockdale to serve as chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.  Stockdale is an economist and attorney with extensive FCC and private-sector experience.

Stockdale rejoins the Commission from Bates White Economic Consulting, where he has been a partner.  Prior to that, he worked on telecom regulatory and antitrust issues as a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP.  He first joined the FCC in 1994 as an attorney advisor and later as deputy division chief and associate bureau chief for economics and the then-Common Carrier Bureau.

Nese Guendelsberger, who has served as acting bureau chief, will work along side Stockdale as his senior deputy bureau chief.  James Schlichting, the current senior deputy bureau chief, will be appointed to the same position in the International Bureau.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Telecommunications Law Professionals "Recommended" by Legal 500 Rankings

TLP is pleased to have been included in The Legal 500 United States 2017's list of recommended law firms, and has been recommended in the following two practice areas:
-Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
-Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast: transactional

TLP also congratulates the following attorneys for their recognition by The Legal 500:
Carl Northrop is listed in the elite "Leadings Lawyers" list, which is The Legal 500 United States 2017's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide. Mr. Northrop is listed under the following practice areas: Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- regulatory; Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- transactional

Five TLP lawyers are recommended in the Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial:
Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- regulatory
-Ashton Johnston, Carl Northrop, Dennis Corbett, Jessica DeSimone Gyllstrom and Michael Lazarus
Media, technology and telecoms- Telecoms and broadcast- transactional
-Ashton Johnston, Carl Northrop and Michael Lazarus

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