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Mobile, Public Safety, Homeland Security & Defense
FCC Chairman Signals Intent to Impose Text-to-911 Obligations on Texting Service Providers

On January 9, 2014, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler released a blog post indicating that he intends to prod smaller wireless carriers and over-the-top (OTT) texting services to provide their customers text-to-911 services by no later than the end of this year. Chairman Wheeler also circulated a draft policy statement and further notice of proposed rulemaking on this topic that the FCC commissioners will consider at the FCC’s next open meeting scheduled for January 30, 2014.

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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy
House Commerce Committee Seeks Public Comment for New Telecom Act

On January 8, 2014, the House Energy & Commerce Committee released a four-page white paper (available here) titled “Modernizing the Communications Act.” The white paper is the first in an expected series and stems from the Committee’s announcement in December 2013 that it will wholly revamp communications law in a comprehensive bill in 2015. Arent Fox's client alert about that announcement is available here.

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Key Regulatory Dates

499-Qs Due February 1, 2014

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