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FCC Streamlines Formal Complaint Procedures and Establishes Shot Clock for Decisions

In a move affecting nearly every type of dispute brought to the agency, the FCC adopted a Report and Order (“Order”) at its July meeting establishing a streamlined set of formal complaint rules. The new rules cover complaints against common carriers, pole attachment complaints, and complaints involving accessibility for people with disabilities. The revised procedures … Continue Reading

Calls to Current Customers are not “Telephone Solicitations” under the TCPA, FCC Says

Even though this blog covers telecom litigation and enforcement, this is the first post about a formal complaint brought before the FCC. Among the reasons are that the FCC does not handle many formal complaints these days (it had only 10 docketed cases in all of 2009), and decisions on the merits are few and far … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Schedule for National Broadband Plan Proceedings

Yesterday, the FCC released is Broadband Action Agenda describing the purpose and timing of more than 60 rulemakings and other proceedings the agency plans to conduct in order to implement its recently issued National Broadband Plan. On USF, reform of USF distribution is scheduled for 2Q 2010, but contribution reform is not scheduled to begin until the end of the year. Access charges, VoIP and other intercarrier compensation issues are given a 4Q 2010 start date.… Continue Reading

Comcast, Net Neutrality and the Universal Service Fund

Yesterday, the DC Circuit held oral argument on Comcast’s appeal of the FCC’s ruling that Comcast ilegally blocked P2P traffic in its broadband Internet service.  By all accounts, the argument went poorly for the FCC.  If the FCC indeed loses the case, it could have implications for enforcement of federal Universal Service Fund (USF) contribution … Continue Reading