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In remarks yesterday at the National Press Club, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that she will ask her fellow Commissioners to begin a rulemaking to re-assert the FCC’s authority over broadband and at the same time adopt new net neutrality rules.  With Democrats now holding a majority of the FCC’s five seats, it is widely expected that the agency will formally vote to begin the process of adopting these new rules at its next monthly meeting on October 19.  The Chairwoman’s announcement represents the latest phase in a longstanding public policy debate over the respective rights and responsibilities of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that provide mobile and fixed/residential broadband to the public.   Continue Reading FCC Chair Announces New Plans for Broadband Oversight and Net Neutrality

On August 25, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted an Order on Reconsideration (“Reconsideration Order”) that addressed three petitions requesting that the agency reconsider its broadband label requirements.  Among other things, the FCC affirmed its requirement that broadband Internet service providers (“ISPs”) display on the label all monthly fees with respect to the service.Continue Reading FCC Releases Reconsideration Order that Affirms and Clarifies Broadband Label Requirements

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced a limited exemption from the obligation that holders of international Section 214 authority respond to a forthcoming one-time information request concerning their foreign ownership.  The narrow exemption provides relief from the reporting obligation for international Section 214 licensees that have made foreign ownership disclosures to the Executive Branch agencies known as “Team Telecom” within the last three years, subject to certain conditions.Continue Reading FCC Announces Limited Exemption from Forthcoming One-Time Foreign Ownership Disclosure for International Section 214 Licensees

On August 10, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) concerning the creation of a “voluntary cybersecurity labeling program that would provide easily understood, accessible information to consumers on the relative security of an IoT device or product, and assure consumers that manufacturers of devices bearing the Commission’s IoT cybersecurity label adhere to widely accepted cybersecurity standards.” The NPRM reflects the proposal previewed in Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel’s announcement last month, which we covered here.Continue Reading FCC Proposes Voluntary Cybersecurity Labeling Program for Smart Devices

Updated August 8, 2023.  Originally posted May 1, 2023.

Last week, comment deadlines were announced for a Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that could have significant compliance implications for all holders of international Section 214 authority (i.e., authorization to provide telecommunications services from points in the U.S. to points abroad).  The rule changes on which the FCC seeks comment are far-reaching and, if adopted as written, could result in significant future compliance burdens, both for entities holding international Section 214 authority, as well as the parties holding ownership interests in these entities.  Comments on these rule changes are due Thursday, August 31, with reply comments due October 2.Continue Reading Comments Due August 31 on FCC’s Proposal to Step Up Review of Foreign Ownership in Telecom Carriers and Establish Cybersecurity Requirements

On July 18, 2023, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced that she has circulated a proposal to the FCC’s commissioners to create “a voluntary cybersecurity labeling program that would provide consumers with clear information about the security of their Internet-enabled devices.”Continue Reading FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces Proposed Voluntary Cybersecurity Labeling Program for Smart Devices

On June 20, 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to require cable operators and direct broadcast satellite (“DBS”) providers to display an “all-in” price for their video programming services in their billing and marketing materials.  The White House issued a press release that same day expressing its support for the proposed new rules, noting that the proposal is consistent with the Administration’s efforts “to crack down on junk fees in order to increase transparency.” Continue Reading FCC Proposes “All-In” Pricing Rules for Cable/Satellite TV

The Federal Communications Commission and National Science Foundation announced this week that they will co-host a workshop on July 13, 2023, entitled “The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence for Communications Networks and Consumers.”

Per the press release, the workshop will cover a number of issues, including “AI’s transformative potential to optimize network traffic; improve

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released a Report and Order, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Order that seeks “to ensure that video conferencing is accessible to all.”  The action establishes that video conferencing services, including popular platforms used by millions of Americans every day for work, school, healthcare, and more, fall within the definition of “interoperable video conferencing service” set forth in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”).  It also seeks comment on performance standards for interoperable video conferencing services and proposes to amend the FCC’s telecommunications relay services (“TRS”) rules to facilitate the use of video relay services (“VRS”) in video conferences.  Finally, the FCC granted a partial waiver of the VRS privacy screen rule to allow VRS users participating in a video conference to turn off their cameras when not presenting.  The item garnered unanimous support from the Commission.Continue Reading FCC Updates Rules to “Ensure that Video Conferencing is Accessible to All”

Last week, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel announced the creation of a new Privacy and Data Protection Task Force (the “Task Force”) to demonstrate the agency’s commitment to protecting consumer data and ensuring that the telecommunications industry remains secure from threat actors.

The Task Force will be led by Enforcement Bureau Chief Loyaan Egal and include