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Stakeholders Eye State AGs' Last-Minute Suit to Delay IANA Transition

Internet governance stakeholders told us they're closely following a last-minute lawsuit by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and three other state attorneys general aimed at delaying the imminent Internet Assigned Numbers Authority transition. The suit, filed in U.S. District … Subscribe to Read >>

Power Ventures Attorney 'Hopeful' 9th Circuit Will Rehear CFAA Case Involving Facebook

George Washington University Law School professor Orin Kerr, one of the lawyers representing Power Ventures CEO Steven Vachani in his fight against Facebook, told us Thursday he's "hopeful" the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will grant an application … Subscribe to Read >>

Rosenworcel, Wheeler Seen Not Close Enough on Set-Top Item

Late removal of the FCC set-top order from commissioners' meeting agenda Thursday (see 1609290014) indicates Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel are relatively far from a compromise on what a final order should look like, industry and … Subscribe to Read >>

EU, US Net Neutrality Rules Seen a Lot Alike, With Case-by-Case Decisions Key

The EU and U.S. adopted similar net neutrality frameworks, but "the devil will be in the details" of how they resolve disputes that emerge, said Sidley Austin attorney Jonathan Nuechterlein Thursday on an FCBA panel. Andrea Glorioso, a digital … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC OKs Revised WEA Rules Over O'Rielly, Industry Concerns

The FCC approved revised rules for wireless emergency alerts (WEA) and sought comment on future changes. Commissioner Mike O’Rielly partly dissented, objecting to some policy calls. The order, as expected (see 1609220008), increases the maximum length of WEA … Subscribe to Read >>

Legal Authority, Regulatory Overstep at Center of 3-2 Split on Programming NPRM

Charter Communications' buys of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were cited repeatedly Thursday as rationale for and a warning against FCC 3-2 approval of an NPRM that would limit pay-TV providers from including "unconditional" most-favored-nation and "unreasonable" … Subscribe to Read >>

Verizon Copper Takes Fire in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Critics of Verizon copper pressed the telco to resolve network issues at two state commissions. In Pennsylvania, Communications Workers of America filed testimony and photographic evidence Thursday that CWA said showed deterioration of the copper network. In New … Subscribe to Read >>

Nationally Uniform 911 Data Could Spur NG-911, NHTSA Told

A single national system for 911 data could promote upgrades to next-generation 911, said public safety and emergency-number officials. Comments were due Wednesday on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration request for information (docket NHTSA-2016-0069) about setting up … Subscribe to Read >>

Audio Companies Pushing Bluetooth as iPhone 7 Creates New Opportunities

Bluetooth is a clear beneficiary of Apple’s shift to a no-jack design for the iPhone 7 smartphones, and companies are scrambling to be among the first to capitalize on the move. Klipsch emailed customers Thursday with the news its … Subscribe to Read >>

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FCC Delays Set-Top Box Vote as Monthly Meeting Begins; Some Hopeful of Compromise

Even as FCC commissioners began their monthly meeting sans the unlock-the-box order, the item remains on circulation and some parties tell us they're hopeful a version of an apps-based proposal ultimately will be adopted. After a flurry of lobbying by all affected parties as the sunshine period began last week, agency officials told us revisions to the order were in the works. All FCC Democratic members announced just before their meeting began at 10:30 a.m. Thursday they're working toward a resolution. … Read More >>

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