At its March Open Meeting, the FCC adopted a long-awaited Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) to consider promoting additional investment and activity in the 4.9 GHz band while preserving the core public safety purpose of the band.  Finding the band underutilized by public safety users, the FNPRM invites comment on ways that the band might be more heavily utilized by public safety while entertaining several options by which others might gain access to the band on a shared basis, including those supporting Critical Infrastructure Industries (“CII”), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), and 5G networks.  To implement any sharing scheme, the Commission proposes to draw upon previous experience in other bands, such as TV white spaces. Continue Reading When Public Safety Isn’t Enough: FCC Considering Expanded Use of the 4.9 GHz Band

Last week, the FCC opened a rulemaking to consider reforms to the Schools and Libraries program of its Universal Service Fund (better known as the “E-rate” program). The FCC pledged a comprehensive review and modernization of the E-rate program that will mark the most significant reexamination of E-rate policies in the program’s 16 year history. Much will be at stake for E-rate service providers, from the types of services supported, the amount reimbursed from the program, competitive bidding rules and reforms to streamline funding requests.

Please join Kelley Drye on August 6th for an informative discussion of the issues to be addressed in the proceeding and what to expect from the FCC in the next couple months.

Kelley Drye Speakers: 

John Heitmann
, Partner, Telecommunications
Steve Augustino, Partner, Telecommunications
Tom Cohen, Partner, Telecommunications

Registration is free but space is limited.  Please click here to register and reserve your space today! 

A recording of the webinar will be available to registrants.

In the past few years, the FCC has been increasingly active in enforcement matters, imposing large fines for violations of consumer protection rules and for non-compliance with various FCC program rules. The FCC and USAC employ multiple tools to enforce these rules. Each of these enforcement tools involves different processes, obligations and risks that can be as perplexing as they are critical to a successful outcome. As a result, an entity’s response to an FCC or USAC proceeding must be undertaken carefully and tailored to the specific circumstances.

On June 11th, please join Kelley Drye for an free webinar presentation that will take you through the critical elements of enforcement and investigations, based on our extensive experience counseling clients through the processes. The webinar will feature a discussion of:

  • primary types of investigations and inquiries to which a regulated entity may be subject;
  • what to expect when faced with one of the investigations or inquiries;
  •  trends in investigations and inquiries; and
  • best practices when responding to these inquiries and investigations.

Speakers:

Steve Augustino, Co-chair, Telecommunications Practice

John Heitmann. Co-chair, Telecommunications Practice

Barbara Miller, Telecommunications Practice

Additional Information:

This webinar is free of charge. Please click here to reserve your space today!

 

 

Big changes continue to be made in the Universal Service Fund. With substantial reform of the High Cost Fund, the Lifeline program and a new rural healthcare connect fund, USF occupied a major place in the FCC agenda in 2012. Moreover, comprehensive contributions reform is under consideration and the FCC is clearing out a backlog of USF appeals affecting resold services, MPLS and more.

In this annual webinar, Kelley Drye will walk you through the USF changes you need to know, with an eye toward what to expect in 2013. We also will discuss the audit and appeal process in detail, including the differences between USAC and Inspector General audits. Our speakers will offer analysis and practical advice based on frontline experience in audits and appeals, and years of providing compliance and enforcement advice in this area.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Major Changes in the High Cost (CAF), Low-Income (Lifeline), and Rural Healthcare Funds
  • Prospects for Contributions Reform in 2013
  • Changes in the 499-A Form and Instructions
  • Developments in the USF Audit and FCC Appeal Processes

Kelley Drye Speakers:

Steve Augustino, Partner

John Heitmann, Partner

Date: 

March 19, 2013
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Location:
Webinar

Additional Information:

Registration is free of charge. Please click here to register.

On December 4th, Kelley Drye held a timely discussion of the key insights regarding the Communications legal and regulatory landscape for 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Our seasoned team brought the audience up to speed on post-election activity and personnel changes at the FCC and on Capitol Hill, focusing on the committees that matter and the initiatives likely gain traction in the new Congress. Also, we projected the expected activity at NTIA (FirstNet, privacy and spectrum), the White House (cybersecurity), DOJ (antitrust) and the FTC (privacy and marketing) that could impact your business.  We narrowed down which FCC priorities may impact your business, including broadband, IP interconnection, network access rights, USF reform, spectrum auctions and program access.

Click here to download the slides from the webinar and click here to watch the recording.

Mobile marketing, sweepstakes and services, including location-based services, are governed by an alphabet soup of statutes and regulations: TCPA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, CPNI, etc. To complicate compliance even further, numerous class action lawsuits in state and federal courts have addressed issues and nuances that the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and state regulatory agencies or legislatures have not. On November 16th, Kelley Drye held a webinar which discussed the new rules of the road for mobile communications, marketing, and sweepstakes, and offer suggestions for reaching consumers while mitigating the legal risks. Click the links below to listen to a recording and download a PDF of the slide presentation.

Click here to download the slides from the webinar and click here to listen to a recording.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kelley Drye Webinar Speakers listed below.

Steven A. Augustino, Partner
saugustino@kelleydrye.com

John J. Heitmann, Partner

jheitmann@kelleydrye.com

Gonzalo E. Mon, Partner
gmon@kelleydrye.com
 

Mobile marketing, sweepstakes and services, including location-based services, are governed by an alphabet soup of statutes and regulations: TCPA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, CPNI, etc. To complicate compliance even further, numerous class action lawsuits in state and federal courts have addressed issues and nuances that the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and state regulatory agencies or legislatures have not. This Kelley Drye webinar will discuss the new rules of the road for mobile communications, marketing, and sweepstakes, and offer suggestions for reaching consumers while mitigating the legal risks.

Kelley Drye Speakers:
Steven A. Augustino, Partner

John J. Heitmann, Partner

Gonzalo E. Mon, Partner

Date:
October 30, 2012
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Location:
Webinar

Additional Information:

Registration is free of charge.  Please click here to register.  
 

With the Universal Service Fund continuing to grow and the USF contribution factor skyrocketing to nearly 18%, the federal Universal Service Fund remains a critical area for all telecommunications providers. Customers increasingly are focusing on the USF surcharge in negotiations, and the competitive consequences of over- or under- reporting USF directly affect the company’s bottom line.

In this annual webinar, Kelley Drye will walk you through the USF changes you need to know, with an eye toward what to expect in 2012. We also will discuss the audit and appeal process in detail, including the differences between USAC and Inspector General audits. Our speakers will offer analysis and practical advice based on front line experience in audits and appeals, and years of providing compliance and enforcement advice in this area.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • The 2012 USF Reform Agenda — High Cost (CAF) and Low-Income (Lifeline)
     
  • Changes to the 2012 Form 499A and instructions
     
  • Significant USF Appeals in 2011
     
  • Developments in the USF Audit and FCC Appeal Process

Kelley Drye Speakers: 

Steve Augustino, Partner
John Heitmann, Partner

When: 
March 13, 2012, 12:00PM – 1:00 PM

Where: 
Webinar

RSVP: 
This webinar is free of charge. Presentation slides and a recording of the webinar will be available to registrants. Email dcevents@kelleydrye.com or contact Cassidy Russell at 202.342.8400.

 

 

On February 16, 2012, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP hosted the seminar and audiocast, “Privacy in 2012: What to Watch Regarding COPPA, Mobile Apps, and Evolving Law Enforcement and Public Policy Trends.” The seminar highlighted regulatory and legislative developments in privacy and information security during the past year, with an emphasis on children’s online privacy and mobile applications.

Peter Swire, a professor at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and a Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress, opened the seminar with a keynote address that gave historical context to the most recent regulatory efforts addressing consumer privacy. Professor Swire’s remarks were followed by two panel sessions that included six experts representing key industry representatives and the federal agencies integral to recent privacy initiatives. The first panel discussed children’s online privacy and the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The second panel discussed various consumer privacy enforcement and regulatory initiatives relating to mobile apps.

For more on the seminar, including a synopsis of key takeaways, see the Kelley Drye client advisory. An audio recording of the full program is also available.

Changes to privacy regulations, such as proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and continuously evolving technologies, including mobile apps with location-based services, can make it difficult for businesses to ensure their privacy practices are up to par.

On February 16, Kelley Drye will gather government leaders from the FTC and FCC, and thought leaders in the industry, for a discussion about new regulations, enforcement trends, and best practices to avoid consumer privacy risks. Please join us for "Privacy in 2012: What to Watch Regarding COPPA, Mobile Apps, and Evolving Law Enforcement and Public Policy Trends."

Email dcevents@kelleydrye.com to register for the live seminar or teleconference.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Peter Swire, Professor of Law, Ohio State University; former Clinton Administration Chief Counselor for Privacy, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

PANEL 1:  COPING WITH COPPA: CHILDREN’S PRIVACY AND PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE COPPA RULE

Ellen Blackler, Vice President – Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company

Mamie Kresses, Senior Attorney, Division of Advertising Practices, Federal Trade Commission

Saira Nayak, Director of Policy, TRUSTe

Moderated by partners Dana Rosenfeld and Alysa Hutnik of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

PANEL 2:  MOBILE APPS: A PRIVACY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION HOT SPOT

Michael Altschul, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA

Jessica Rich, Associate Director, Division of Financial Practices, Federal Trade Commission

Jennifer Tatel, Associate General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (invited)

Moderated by partners John Heitmann and Gonzalo Mon of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

When:
February 16, 2012,  2:30 PM – 5:30 PM EST

Location:
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
3050 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20007-5108

And via audio webcast

RSVP:
Email dcevents@kelleydrye.com or contact Cassidy Russell at 202.342.8400.

This seminar is free of charge, but space is limited. Reserve your place today.

CLE and CPE credit may be available in certain jurisdictions.