U.S. Federal Communications Commission News

Virginia attorney general lauds decision to halt Tribune Media, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Aug 15, 2018

RICHMOND — Virgina Attorney General Mark Herring is applauding the recent Tribune Media Company announcement that it will discontinue pursuing a merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Illinois, Iowa attorneys general encourage FCC to fight Tribune, Sinclair merger

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in an effort to stop the proposed merger of the Tribune Media Company and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., which she alleges will limit consumer choice and diversity.

FCC secures $11.6 million from Sprint, Mobilitie after allegations of violating national laws

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 16, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced April 10 that Sprint and Mobilitie will settle two separate but related cases regarding wireless structures that were allegedly built without proper tower registration and environmental or historic impact reviews.

FTC, FCC sign memorandum to coordinate consumer protection on Internet

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 21, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Dec. 11 that they intend to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to coordinate different efforts to protect consumers online after the Restoring Internet Freedom order.

D.C. joins 35-state coalition opposing cable industry group petition to stop Internet laws enforcement

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 20 that he has joined a bipartisan coalition of 35 state attorneys general opposing a petition by cable and telecom industry groups to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Federal appeals court strikes down FCC limits on intrastate inmate calling services

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 27, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced June 15 that a federal appeals court struck down federal limits on the price for inmate calling services.

TCPA litigation evolving to include text message opt-out responses

By Chandra Lye | Feb 28, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A group of attorneys has warned that the "next wave" of class action lawsuits has been bringing into question the businesses’ responsibility when it comes to customers opting out of text message programs.

New FCC rule to add paperwork for TV, radio stations

By Kristin Regula | Jan 17, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Broadcasters can add a new regulation to follow when airing political advertisements.

FCC implements new act to protect consumers from 'robotexts'

By Shanice Harris | Dec 2, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act now covers text message senders. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau is clarifying the limitations on auto-dialed text messages, more commonly known as “robotexts.” 

FCC to fine Network Services Solutions $21 million

By Mark Iandolo | Nov 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission recently announced plans to fine Network Services Solutions and its chief executive officer $21,691,499 for alleged violations involving the Universal Service Fund Rural Health Care Program (RHC).

FCC must decide whether efaxes are covered under TCPA

By S. Laney Griffo | Nov 7, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — With ever-changing technologies, companies are constantly looking for new ways to reach consumers but are also interested in protecting themselves from lawsuits.

Calif. decision holds flu shot reminder exempt from telemarketing law

By Kate Jacobson | Oct 26, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A federal court in California has ruled that a flu shot reminder call from a retail pharmacy did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) – one of the first rulings of its kind since health care organizations were included in its safe harbor exemptions in 2015.

D.C. Circuit to decide fate of rule governing fax ads

By Joe Dyton | Oct 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A decade-old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule and a 2014 change to that rule will be revisited to determine exactly which type of advertising faxes require an opt-out message under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FCC announces $450,000 settlement with AT&T in fixed wireless stations case

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced its Enforcement Bureau has settled for $450,000 with AT&T, resolving allegations that AT&T operated fixed wireless stations without authorization or without filing required license modification notices. 

Comcast pays $2.3 million fine after FCC alleged it charged consumers for unauthorized services

By Mark Iandolo | Oct 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Comcast will pay a $2.3 million fine after allegations surfaced that it wrongfully charged cable TV customers for services and equipment that the consumers never authorized.

Life360 app invites don't violate TCPA, district judge rules

By Quinten Plummer | Sep 30, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a Michigan man received at least one unsolicited text message from a mobile app, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has absolved Life360's developer from alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FCC partially relieves state, local agencies from federal regulations for inmate calling systems

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 16, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in response to his lawsuit, has issued an order that will save the state millions of dollars by partially relieving state and local agencies from federal regulations that Pruitt believes are unlawful.

FCC announces settlement with AT&T over 'cramming' allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) has announced a settlement with AT&T Services to resolve allegations the company “crammed” unauthorized third-party charges on consumers’ wireless telephone bills.

Attorney: FCC exempting federal government from TCPA lawsuits ‘hypocritical’

By Dawn Geske | Aug 9, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government has made a declaration exempting itself from lawsuits brought through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law at the center of numerous class actions filed every week against businesses.

FCC announces $200,000 settlement with TP-Link

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 5, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — TP-Link will settle for $200,000 after allegations certain Wi-Fi routers sold by the company were not in full compliance with rules pertaining to power levels, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced.

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