This Telecom Deadlines & Headlines reminds you of the upcoming deadlines for filing your Annual International Circuit Reports, Form 499As, and Accessibility Certificates; alerts you to upcoming telecom events; and recaps the FCC’s approval of AT&T’s acquisition of Leap Wireless.
This Telecom Deadlines & Headlines reminds you of the upcoming deadlines for filing your Annual International Circuit Reports and Form 499As, alerts you to upcoming speaking engagements for Arent Fox telecom attorneys, and recaps recent FCC and judicial action on TCPA issues.
Yesterday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a press release stating that the agency will revisit the Open Internet issue and consider new rules to replace those that the DC Circuit vacated on January 15, 2014, in Verizon v. FCC. (See the client alert here.) Wheeler stated that, although it struck down two of the three core Open Internet rules, the Court affirmed the FCC’s authority under Section 706 “to encourage broadband deployment” and “upheld the Commission’s judgment that Internet freedom encourages broadband investment[.]” Apparently emboldened by these judicial findings, Wheeler exhorts his “fellow commissioners” to do the following:
This Telecom Deadlines & Headlines reminds you of the upcoming deadlines for FCC Forms 477s and 499As, and recaps recent FCC and FTC action on TCPA and mobile-tracking issues.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice on February 5, 2014 reminding filers that the deadline for filing annual certificates of compliance with the Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules is due March 1, 2014. The FCC includes the following types of providers in its non-exhaustive list of filers: telecommunications carriers, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers, commercial mobile radio providers (CMRS), interexchange carriers, prepaid calling card providers, resellers, and calling card providers.
Certificates must contain an officer’s signature, attesting that he or she has personal knowledge that the company has established procedures to protect CPNI, and a description of those procedures. Further, the company must describe any actions taken against data brokers in 2013, and any customer complaints received regarding CPNI.
On January 22, 2014, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice seeking comment on the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) petition for declaratory ruling filed on December 30, 2013. Comments are due February 21, 2014, and reply comments are due March 10, 2014.
In this issue, we flag when the FCC’s 499-Q forms are due, highlight a petition filed by United Health Care Services for a ruling under the TCPA, and feature news on a newly certified class action suit against Cox. Also, make sure you did not miss our recent article on the DC Circuit striking down most of the net neutrality order.
Key Regulatory Dates
499-Qs Due February 1, 2014
On January 14, 2014, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit largely struck down the December 2010 Open Internet Order of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would require the owners of the nation’s broadband infrastructure — companies like Comcast and Verizon — to administer their networks in a manner that does not hinder consumers’ choice of Internet content. This concept is also known as “net neutrality.” The opinion is available here (Verizon v. FCC, No. 11-1355).
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