Primers & White Papers
DIY Management tools: Regulatory compliance guides & manuals for reference and in-house training.
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Information Privacy and Data Security Risk Management Checklist
Intelligent Allocation of Risks and Responsibilities for Data Security Among Business Partners in the Software as a Service, Hosting and Cloud Computing Industries
EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY: How to Avoid Having a Simple E-mail from USAC Spiral into an Audit Nightmare
It is through our firm’s experience dealing with aggressive USAC auditing and representing clients through lengthy (seemingly endless) FCC appeals of adverse audit findings that we now seek to educate clients about the tools USAC uses to collect information regarding USF contributors – and through that information collection, identify non-compliance with USAC’s understanding of the FCC’s rules. While USAC does not make its internal processes public, and many of the tools USAC uses are not explicitly addressed by FCC regulations, through our experience representing clients, we have witnessed how USAC uses the many tools at its disposal to build its audit decisions. We have also witnessed the mistakes clients sometimes make in responding to USAC requests for information quickly and without consulting counsel.
EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY: Primer on USF and USAC Appeals
Our law firm has been called upon to represent numerous clients with USF contributor audits initiated by USAC, and with few exceptions, the resulting appeals to the FCC of adverse USAC audit decisions. Our collective experience representing clients BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER such USAC audits has shed tremendous amounts of light onto what was, heretofore, a rather opaque, fluid and uncertain process.
In the interests of sharing knowledge and educating clients about the FCC Form 499 revenue reporting, USAC audit, and FCC appeals processes, we have reflected on our experiences and compiled this “Primer.”
EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY: Primer on Transfer of Control
Our law firm has represented numerous clients by assisting them in the navigation of both the FCC, and State Transfer of Control processes. All too often, we are alerted to such transactions only AFTER they have been consummated. With few exceptions, any time companies close a transaction involving regulated telecommunications assets without first obtaining FCC authorization, we must not only take corrective measures necessary to procure authorization, we must then contend with the resulting FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation.
The purpose of this Educational Advisory is to share our firm’s collective experience representing clients before the FCC’s Wireline Competition, International, Wireless, and Enforcement Bureaus in all forms of transactional matters.
EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY: Primer on TCPA Compliance
The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is empowered to issue rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Among other things, the TCPA allows individuals to file lawsuits and collect damages for receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls, faxes, pre- recorded calls or autodialed calls. Courts have also interpreted the TCPA to cover SMS/Text Messaging.
The purpose of this Educational Advisory is to share our firm’s collective experience in the area of TCPA compliance to ensure our clients are aware of the laws & regulations governing their marketing efforts that may implicate the TCPA.
Primer on Transfer of Control Regulatory Approval Requirements
Before consummating a transaction involving regulated telecommunications services or assets, use this “primer” to learn the fundamentals of FCC and State regulatory requirements.
Primer on USAC Audits and FCC Appeals
A “must read” for any telecommunications provider and FCC Form 499 Filer; understand the process, risks, consequences and costs associated with USAC Audits of USF Contributors and resulting appeals to the FCC.
Federal Universal Service Fund Reporting At a Glance
Highlights the basic mechanics of the Federal Universal Service Fund, and some of the scenarios contributors face when remitting contribution to the FUSF
Federal Regulatory Fees at a Glance
This guide details Federal Fee payment obligations imposed on providers of telecommunications and interconnected VoIP services and helps understand a service provider’s regulatory obligations at the federal level.