stock_12192012_0878PowerPoints for Kelley Drye Partner Steve Augustino’s presentations, “Communications M&A: Lessons & Strategies” and “The New FCC Enforcement Bureau” and are now available.

TeleStrategies’ annual Communications Taxation Conference brings together the nation’s top tax professionals to address the challenging and amazingly complex domain of telecommunications taxation and compliance.  This year’s conference took place on May 13-15, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  Over 300 tax professionals from all sectors of the industry; including wireline, mobile, IP as well as the emerging content, entertainment and cloud providers convened to discuss all aspects of telecom taxes, regulations and fees.


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witiThe global wearables market is estimated to grow at a compound annual rate of 35 percent over the next five years, with smartwatches leading the charge.  But where is the technology headed, and what will it take for wearables to become mainstream?  With the proliferation of smart devices, what are business and legal best practices for companies that create and sell wearables?  To lend their insight into this burgeoning market, Kelley Drye Senior Associate Kristi Wolff will participate in a Wearable Computing panel at the upcoming Women in Technology International Summit. 
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fcc_equipEvery aspect of American life today seems to involve interaction with an increasing number of digital devices, sensors, and other electronics. Estimates are that by 2020, there will be more than 50 billion devices tied into the Internet of Things. Even apart from the IoT, there are myriad opportunities in today’s market for the productive and profitable deployment of new technology and applications. The equipment that makes this possible is subject to a broad framework of FCC regulation designed to protect wireless communications from harmful interference applicable to manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and other parties involved in marketing, selling, and using the devices.
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stock_02012007_0098On March 12th, the FCC released its long-awaited 2015 Open Internet Order. In brief, the order reclassifies broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act, imposes three bright-line “Open Internet” rules, enhances the transparency rule, adopts a forward-looking reasonable conduct standard for service provider conduct, and forbears from applying a number of provisions of Title II. The rules apply equally to fixed and mobile BIAS providers, including resellers (e.g., MVNOs). The order is undoubtedly a landmark decision that changes dramatically, the FCC’s role with respect to consumer protection, the Internet, and the many business models that utilize the Internet in one way or another.
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4YFN 2015Communications Chair and Partner, John J. Heitmann and associate, Jameson Dempsey will be speaking at “4 Years From Now” during Mobile World Congress, an annual event with over 80,00 attendees.
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