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Agency & Legislative Policy Advocacy

The Arent Fox Communications, Mobile, and Technology practice is not shy about advocating for change in the policies, rules, and statutes that govern the telecommunications and high-tech industries. We have assisted service providers, content and application developers, Native American tribes, and trade associations in being heard by state regulatory commissions, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state legislatures, and Congress. Our extensive experience in the evolution of the telecommunications and technology markets enables us to craft sensible, fair, and pro-competitive solutions to even the thorniest policy challenges.

Our attorneys routinely collaborate with the Arent Fox Government Relations practice, which includes two former US senators, a former US congressman, a former director of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and several highly respected former staff members of the House, Senate, and Federal Election Commission. With a combined knowledge base that covers both the substance and the process of lawmaking, we have achieved significant victories for Arent Fox clients.

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Two FCC Compliance Filings Due Friday, May 1, 2015

There are two separate FCC compliance filing deadlines on Friday, May 1, 2015 for carriers operating in the United States.
 

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FCC International Circuit Reports Due April 30, 2015

The filing deadline for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Annual International Circuit Report is Thursday, April 30, 2015. This is a mandatory requirement under Section 43.62 of the FCC’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 43.62.

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Summary of FCC Open Internet Order

Somewhat sooner than expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the full text of the Open Internet Order, voted February 26, 2015, on March 12, 2015. The Order is available here.

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FCC Reclassifies Broadband Internet Access as Telecom Service and Passes Rules

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved, by an expected 3-to-2 vote, an order adopting, for the second time, rules to ensure an Open Internet. As we wrote last summer, the FCC recommenced its consideration of Open Internet rules after its previous order was vacated by the DC Circuit in January 2014 in Verizon v. FCC, No.

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Annual CPNI Certificates Due March 1, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice on February 9, 2015, reminding telecommunications companies that the deadline for filing annual certificates of compliance with the Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules is March 1, 2015.

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FCC Seeks Comment on Modernizing Its Cable Regulations to Cover Certain IPTV Services

On January 15, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the scope of its definition of “multichannel video programming distributors” (MVPDs) was published in the Federal Register. Initial comments are due February 17, 2015, and reply comments are due March 2, 2015.

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Form 477 Filer Interface Reopens, FCC Sets Deadline for Filing Form 477 for December 11, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that its Form 477 Filer Interface has reopened and is available to accept Form 477 data as of June 30, 2014. The new filing deadline is December 11, 2014. Filers who had completed their Form 477 filings prior to the Filer Interface closing on September 26, 2014 are not required to resubmit their data, while those who had started to submit data prior to the closing of the Filer Interface will not need to re-upload any files nor re-enter any data.

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FCC Extends Deadline for Form 477

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it is extending the deadline for the Local Telephone Competition and Broadband Report, commonly known as FCC Form 477, indefinitely while the Wireline Competition Bureau works to resolve a number of technical difficulties that the filing portal experienced last week. The filing was originally due October 1, 2014. The FCC will release a new deadline date once the portal is operational again.

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REMINDER — FCC Annual Regulatory Fee Due Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The FCC Annual Regulatory Fees are due Tuesday, September 23, 2014. All FCC licensees, with some very limited exceptions, must pay this fee. Payments must be received by the FCC by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on that day or be subject to a mandatory 25 percent late payment fee. All Interstate Telecommunications Service Providers (ITSPs) and other FCC licensees must log into the Commission’s Fee Filer System in order to review their invoices. No paper bills will be sent. Further, the FCC will only accept payment of the Annual Regulatory Fee electronically.

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Comments Due July 15, 2014, in FCC Open Internet Proceeding

On May 15, 2014, the FCC adopted, by 3-2 vote along party lines, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking to replace the recently vacated Open Internet rules. The NPRM has been the subject of much debate recently, and deliberations among the Democratic Commissioners apparently went down to the wire. Initial Comments are due July 15, 2014, and Reply Comments are due September 10, 2014.

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