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FREE WEBINAR: Non-Traditional Communications Service Distribution Models Proliferate- Are they Risk Free? >

March 14, 2018

This Wednesday at 1pm edt (Mar 21), Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC's Managing Partner, Jonathan Marashlian, will be hosting a webinar that addresses private labeling, white labeling, “powered by,” and various other distribution models in the marketplace that seek to achieve the same goal --

“How do communications service providers grow sales without the pains of regulatory and tax...

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Seasoned Puerto Rico Based Telecom Attorney Joins The CommLaw Group at Opportune Time >

March 8, 2018

Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, is pleased to announce its affiliation with Puerto Rico-based attorney, Walter Arroyo.  Mr. Arroyo joins the firm through its Virtual Law Partner (“VLP”) platform, which enables experienced legal professionals to partner with our firm to deliver highly personalized, partner-level service and to do so both affordably and flexibly. ...Continue Reading »

VoIP & UCaaS Regulatory Classification Options & Implications - Download Presentation >

February 25, 2018

The wonderful part about the telecommunications industrry is that there’s no shortage of creativity in the marketplace.  We no longer live in a world that is neatly divided into two halves, Local Exchange and Long Distance services.  Today, we have the 64 flavors of Baskin Robbins ice cream and each flavor can be mixed with another to create an endless array of sundaes!  

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Join The CommLaw Group's Managing Partner at ITEXPO East! >

January 25, 2018

Join Jonathan Marashlian, Managing Partner of Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group, at the ITEXPO East, where he will deliver a presentation on the intersection of Interconnected VoIP and private carriage telecommunications:  

Whether knowingly or not, the vast majority of UCaaS/Cloud Communications companies operate as “Interconnected VoIP” service providers...

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Avalara to Cease State Public Utility Commission Regulatory Compliance Reporting Services >

January 11, 2018

Last month, we circulated an Advisory detailing Avalara's exit from FCC compliance reporting.  We recently learned that Avalara is also exiting State Public Utility Commission regulatory compliance reporting.

If your company currently relies upon Avalara for FCC or State Utility Commission Regulatory Compliance Reporting services and would like to discuss transitioning to Continue Reading »

New Year, New Opportunity to Achieve Your Company's Goals with The CommLaw Group >

January 3, 2018

Greetings and Happy New Year from The CommLaw Group!  As everyone begins working on their New Year’s resolutions - whether it’s hitting the gym or eating healthy – the start of a new year is also a good time for companies to consider what they can do to ensure a prosperous and successful future.  Luckily, The CommLaw Group is here to help your company make and keep achievable...Continue Reading »

Avalara to Cease Providing FCC Form 499 and 477 Reporting >

December 11, 2017

We have recently been advised by several clients that Avalara will cease providing and will no longer offer FCC Form 499 and 477 compliance reporting services as of January 1, 2018.

If your company currently relies upon Avalara for FCC Compliance Reporting services and would like to discuss transitioning to The Commpliance Group, please contact Jonathan Marashlian at Continue Reading »

Comment Period Opens for FCC’s 3.5 GHz Rule Overhaul: Don’t Let Them Take Away YOUR Spectrum! >

November 28, 2017

Today’s Federal Register publication of a summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”), proposing substantial changes to the existing rules governing the 3550-3700 MHz (“3.5 GHz”) spectrum band kicks off the public comment period in this proceeding.  Because the FCC’s suggested rule changes heavily favor the “Big Four”...Continue Reading »

FCC Continues RF Equipment Crackdown: Fines Lighting Company $25,000 for Marketing Ballasts without FCC Logo >

November 26, 2017

A lighting supply company is the latest target of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) crackdown on marketing non-compliant radiofrequency (RF) equipment.  On November 21, 2017 the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), proposing a penalty of $25,000 on a company that marketed fluorescent lighting ballasts that did not have the FCC logo...Continue Reading »

IOT and Other RF Device Suppliers Take Note: The FCC’s New Authorization and Importation Rules are Now Effective >

November 2, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new rules for radiofrequency (RF) equipment authorization rules are, as of today, officially in effect.  As underscored in a previous article, the new rules modify:
  • Self-approval authorization techniques for non-transmitting RF devices.
  • RF Equipment Importation Rules.
  • Electronic labeling of RF devices.
  • Measurement procedures and...
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FCC Proceeding Includes 3.5 GHz Rule Overhaul That Could Devastate Smaller Carriers and Rural Areas That Need Broadband >

October 22, 2017

 As discussed in a previous article, in June 2017 T-Mobile USA, Inc. (“T-Mobile”) filed a petition for rulemaking with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) proposing changes to the rules governing the 3550-3700 MHz (“3.5 GHz”) spectrum band that would substantially raise the barrier to entry for businesses seeking to utilize the 3.5 GHz band, as well as provide...Continue Reading »

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