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Register Now: GDPR Webinar on Wed., July 11 >

July 2, 2018

Join The CommLaw Group for our upcoming free half hour webinar to address common misconceptions and frequently asked questions about GDPR compliance for U.S. organizations.  At the conclusion of the webinar, we will allow 15 minutes to answer questions.
 
TOPIC: GDPR Compliance for U.S.-Based Companies:  Common Misconceptions
WHEN:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11 am – 11:45...
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FREE WEBINAR: Confused about the GDPR? Join The CommLaw Group for a Webinar >

June 19, 2018

Join The CommLaw Group for our upcoming free half hour webinar to address common misconceptions and frequently asked questions about GDPR compliance for U.S. organizations.  At the conclusion of the webinar, we will allow 15 minutes to answer questions.
 
TOPIC: GDPR Compliance for U.S.-Based Companies:  Common Misconceptions
WHEN:  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11 am – 11:45...
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FCC Will Open Rulemaking Seeking to Eliminate Access Arbitrage >

June 6, 2018

Yesterday, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to eliminate "access arbitrage" in the intercarrier compensation regime.  The NPRM will be voted on at the FCC’s June 7, 2018 Open Meeting.

Among other things, the NPRM seeks comment on proposed rules to give access-stimulating LECs two choices about how they connect to IXCs, either:
  1. be financially...
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FCC Seeks Comment on Long-Term Funding of Puerto Rico and USVI Telecom Infrastructure Rebuild >

June 4, 2018

Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, through its affiliation with Puerto Rico-based telecom attorney, Walter Arroyo, is available to companies seeking to enter the Puerto Rican market in order to help restore, rebuild and enhance the telecommunications networks on the island.  Mr. Arroyo is a well-connected and highly respected veteran attorney who provides "on the ground" support before...

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Transacting Business in Connecticut? Beware of Steep SoS Penalties for Non-Compliance >

June 1, 2018

Business entities doing business in Connecticut without registering with the Secretary of the State beware!

Under Connecticut law, corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and statutory trusts formed outside of Connecticut must obtain a certificate of authority from the Secretary of the State and pay a statutory fee before...

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Net Neutrality Not Entirely Dead - FCC Transparency Rule Effective June 11 - Are you ready? >

May 31, 2018

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to dismantle the Obama-era net neutrality regulatory framework, the agency nevertheless recommitted to enforcing its existing transparency rule, albeit a modified version. First imposed in 2010, the transparency rule requires fixed and mobile internet service providers (ISPs) to disclose their operating practices and...

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The Global Reach of the European Union’s New Privacy Rules: Implications of the GDPR for Non-European Union Businesses >

May 24, 2018

Today, Friday, May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) takes effect in all member states of the European Union. 
 
The GDPR will affect a significant number of organizations across the globe, even if they are not located in the EU. The GDPR also strengthens the conditions for consent to personal data processing, creates direct obligations...Continue Reading »

ITTA Petition Seeks to Clarify FCC's View of TRS and Cost Recovery Fee Surcharges >

May 24, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission") released recently released a Public Notice seeking comment on a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by ITTA – The Voice of America’s Broadband Providers ("ITTA").  ITTA is asking the FCC (or its Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau) to rule “that it is and always has been permissible for a carrier recovering...

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Register Now: Blockchain Implementation and Legal Challenges - Free Webinar Co-hosted by Marashlian & Donahue and Achievion Solutions >

May 2, 2018

On June 11, 2018, Marashlian & Donahue's Internet of Things and Connected Devices practice will team up with Achievion Solutions to present a 90 minute webinar/workshop on blockchain technologies 
and legal issues. Attendance is free and open to all. 

Topic:  Blockchain Implementation & Legal Challenges 

 
Details:  Monday, June 11, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

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Attention Recipients of USF Fund Disbursements - Complex 499 Revenue Reporting Issue Explained >

April 30, 2018

As interstate telecommunications providers plan for their FCC Form 499 reporting (Forms 499-A and 499-Q), it is important to pay careful attention to the treatment of USAC disbursements/subsidies for universal service programs, as the "Rules" embodied in the 499 Instructions (or more appropriately, USAC's implementation of what it understands the FCC's rules to require) are less...Continue Reading »

FCC Strengthens and Beefs Up Enforcement of Rural Call Completion Rules - Least Cost Routing Providers Be Aware >

April 30, 2018

ATTENTION!!!  IF YOUR COMPANY CONTRACTS WITH OUTBOUND CALL TERMINATING CARRIERS AND, IN PARTICULAR, FOCUS ON "LEAST COST ROUTING" METHODOLOGIES, PLEASE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES RAISED IN THIS ADVISORY.  CONTACT ROB JACKSON OR YOUR PRIMARY ATTORNEY WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THE RURAL CALL COMPLETION RULES AND HOW THEY MAY IMPACT YOUR OPERATIONS AND RISK EXPOSURE.

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FCC’s Enforcement Dragnet Expands: Two LED Sign Manufacturers Caught, Sanctioned, and Subjected to Substantial Fines >

April 25, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) last week issued two Orders and Consent Decrees against LED sign manufacturers for violating the its RF equipment rules.  The first decree, involving a Canadian company, resulted in, among other things, a $19,500 civil penalty.  The second decree implicating a U.S. company, led to a $39,500 fine.  In addition to the fines, the terms...Continue Reading »

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