Tag Archives: AT&T

FCC Rescinds Multiple Prior Actions and Announces February Open Meeting Tentative Agenda

Legislative Activity Bill to Establish Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Committee Introduced in Senate On February 2, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S.277, the Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Service Act. The bill, the text of which is not yet publicly available, would establish a Rural Telecommunications and Broadband Advisory Committee within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). … Continue Reading

Rep. Greg Walden to Chair House Commerce Committee

Legislative Activity Rep. Greg Walden to Chair House Energy & Commerce Committee in the 115th Congress Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has been selected by the House Republican Steering Committee (the body that assigns party members to House committees) to chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee (House Commerce Committee) in the 115th Congress, which will … Continue Reading

State Attorneys General Weekly Update

Welcome to Squire Patton Boggs’ weekly State Attorneys General blog, drafted by the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice Group. As explained in detail here (http://www.squirepattonboggs.com/services/public-policy/state-attorneys-general-practice), the group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in State AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing … Continue Reading

FCC’s Agenda for September Open Meeting Includes Set-Top Boxes, Wireless Emergency Alerts, Foreign Ownership, and Independent Programming Items

Legislative Activity House Commerce Committee Passes Anti-Spoofing Act On September 21, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R.2669, the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2015, by voice vote. The bill, previously discussed here, here, and here, targets the practice of caller identification (caller ID) “spoofing.” Spoofing is a practice whereby callers falsify or disguise their caller … Continue Reading

FCC Approves AT&T’s Acquisition of DIRECTV with Conditions

Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill That Would Decrease FCC’s Budget On Thursday, July 23, the Senate Committee on Appropriations (Senate Appropriations Committee) approved the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill (Appropriations Bill). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would receive $320 million, a cut of $20 million (roughly 6%) … Continue Reading

Sen. McCaskill Introduces Patent Troll Legislation

Legislative Activity House Passes Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Last Tuesday, February 25, the House passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (H.R. 1123). The legislation, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), is intended to promote consumer choice and wireless competition by permitting consumers to unlock their mobile wireless devices without … Continue Reading

Proposed Merger Of Comcast And Time Warner Cable To Face Scrutiny

Legislative Activity Proposed Merger Of Comcast And Time Warner Cable To Face Scrutiny On Thursday, February 13, Comcast announced its intent to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a $45 billion transaction that would combine the two largest cable companies in the country. The proposed acquisition, however, is expected to receive close scrutiny from the … Continue Reading

FCC Holds January Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Senators Introduce Data Breach Legislation Last Thursday, January 30, four Democratic senators introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014, which would require the Federal Trade Commission to issue data security standards for companies that hold consumers’ personal and financial information. The bill also would implement requirements for the prompt notification … Continue Reading

Bill Introduced To Expand Spectrum-Based Services To Underserved Areas

Legislative Activity House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Communications Act Update On January 15, the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology heard testimony from four former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), each of whom addressed a number of high-level legal and policy issues that Congress could consider as part of a review of … Continue Reading

Sen. Cruz Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chairman

Legislative Activity Sen. Cruz Blocks Confirmation of FCC Chairman Last Wednesday, October 16, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked an expected Senate vote on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to become the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Sen. Cruz held up the nomination over questions regarding Wheeler’s views on the FCC’s power to … Continue Reading

Wheeler Hearing; Tentative Agenda for FCC’s June Meeting

Legislative Activity Wheeler Hearing The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 18 on the nomination of Mr. Thomas Wheeler to be Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller’s decision to move forward without a Republican nominee to fill the other vacancy on the … Continue Reading