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Mozilla Asks FCC to Classify Broadband as Regulated Telecommunications

On May 5, 2014, Mozilla, the nonprofit corporation that made the Firefox browsing platform, filed a Petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would in part resolve the upcoming Net Neutrality rulemaking. Carefully timed to be filed ten days before the FCC considers the tentative rules Chairman Tom Wheeler felt compelled to defend in writing, the Petition asks the FCC to classify and regulate “remote delivery service” as telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act. We explained the significance of the Title II “common carrier” classification in this prior client alert.

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Telecom Deadlines and Headlines

This Telecom Deadlines & Headlines reminds you of May 1 deadlines for 254(g) Certificates and 499-Qs, highlights upcoming FCC events, and recaps recent agency and court action on Health IT, Truth in Caller ID Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues.

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Section 254(g) Certifications Due May 1, 2014

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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy, Telecommunications & Technology Agreements
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FCC Chairman Wheeler Defends Draft Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reviewing a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reinstate so-called “net neutrality” rules aimed at preventing the operators of broadband networks from treating consumers and content providers unfairly. As we reported in January, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit struck down most of the FCC’s previous rules for lack of statutory authority. Verizon v. FCC (No. 11-1355). True to his promise, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has ensured that replacement rules will be considered.

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Telecom Deadlines and Headlines

This Telecom Deadlines & Headlines reminds you of May 1 deadlines for 254(g) Certificates and 499-Qs, highlights upcoming FCC events, and recaps recent agency and court action on Health IT, Truth in Caller ID Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act issues.

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Key Regulatory Dates

Section 254(g) Certifications Due May 1, 2014

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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance
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FCC Sets Comment Deadlines for TCPA Petition Addressing Text-Messaging App

Yesterday, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice seeking comment on TextMe, Inc.’s petition for expedited declaratory ruling and clarification filed on March 18, 2014. Comments are due May 7, 2014, and reply comments are due May 22, 2014.

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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance
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FCC Releases Audit Plan for Certain Lifeline Service Providers

On April 2, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau released the Lifeline Biennial Audit Plan, which establishes a uniform set of audit procedures by which certain Lifeline service providers must be reviewed.

The audit requirements apply to eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC) that provide Lifeline services and receive at least $5 million annually from the low-income program. The FCC made clear that the $5 million dollar threshold is to be determined on a holding company basis, aggregating all operating companies and affiliates. Each ETC that meets this requirement must hire an independent audit firm to perform an audit of the ETC’s compliance with Lifeline’s rules once every two years. The audit must follow the guidelines put forth in the Biennial Audit Plan.

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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Mobile
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FCC Open Meeting Focuses on Establishing New Broadband Spectrum

On March 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held its monthly Open Meeting and adopted two orders that will make a tremendous amount of new spectrum available for wireless broadband access. In one Report and Order, the FCC designated high-frequency spectrum at the 5 Gigahertz (GHz) frequency for new unlicensed use, meaning that the spectrum will not be auctioned for money and will not require special applications to the FCC. This 5GHz spectrum can be used for Wi-Fi and similar services.

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Telecom Deadlines and Headlines

This Telecom Deadlines & Headlines reminds you of today’s deadline for filing your Form 499As and Accessibility Certificates; alerts you to upcoming industry events, and recaps recent agency and court rulings on telemarketing issues.

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Key Regulatory Dates

Form 499As Due April 1, 2014

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FCC Rules Free-to-the-End-User Package-Delivery Notifications to Wireless Phones are Exempt from TCPA

Continuing its run of incremental, common-sense clarifications on the reach of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has held that delivery notifications for which consumers are not charged do not subject the delivery company to TCPA liability.

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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Telecommunications & Technology Agreements
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FCC Sets Deadlines and Procedures for Filing Annual Access Tariffs by Incumbent Carriers

On March 25, 2014, the Pricing Policy Division of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order that outlines the deadlines and procedures for price-cap and rate-of-return incumbent carriers (ILECs) subject to §§61.382 and 61.393 of the FCC’s Rules for filing their 2014 annual access charge tariffs and Tariff Review Plans (TRPs). Tariffs will go into effect July 1, 2014.

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