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ISPs Seek Changes to Privacy Rules on Web Browsing, Application History

ISPs are still hopeful they can get changes to the FCC’s proposed privacy order on web browsing and application use history, which would be treated as sensitive data and require opt-in consent to use or share under the draft … Subscribe to Read >>

Possible AT&T/Time Warner Seen Raising Multiple Regulatory Concerns

AT&T buying Time Warner likely would face regulatory concerns about programming and also could be a springboard for regulators to dive into other issues, like zero rating, industry lawyers and experts told us Friday. Given the increased regulatory attention … Subscribe to Read >>

10-Month Quiet Period Squashed Station Dealmaking

The FCC incentive auction “quiet period” has stretched on 10 months, longer than most TV broadcasters expected, squashing dealmaking and making it difficult for lawyers to serve their clients, broadcast attorneys said in interviews last week. With the auction … Subscribe to Read >>

States Struggle to Meet Lifeline Deadline, Say Commissions, Industry

CTIA warned the FCC to avoid a “premature schism” between state eligibility programs for Lifeline and the updated federal program as a Dec. 2 implementation deadline nears. The group joined state commissions and industry groups supporting a USTelecom … Subscribe to Read >>

FirstNet Encourages Tight Deadline for Reviewing State Proposals Not to Join Network

FirstNet agreed with many FCC proposals for handling states that decide to opt out of the network for first responders. But the public safety network pressed the commission to impose tight deadlines for reviewing alternative plans for states that … Subscribe to Read >>

States Quickly Adding Laws to Address Online Accounts Following Users' Deaths

Over the past year, 20 states passed laws allowing legally designated family members, friends or other fiduciaries to get access to a deceased person's Facebook or Google accounts, email content and even to records stored in a cloud … Subscribe to Read >>

Domain Name Industry's Lobbying Priorities May Shift Post-IANA Transition

Implementation of the Internet Assigned Number Authority transition this month (see 1609300065 and 1610030042) is likely to cause a shift in the domain name sector's priorities in lobbying and interacting with the U.S. government, industry executives and … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Kelsey Smith Act Likely Off Table for 2016

The window for advancing the Kelsey Smith Act (HR-4889/S-2770) seems to be over this Congress, backers on Capitol Hill and elsewhere told us. Republicans and Democrats in both chambers had supported its goals, which involve carriers sharing location information with law enforcement in cases of emergency. It’s a longtime priority for the Kelsey Smith Foundation, an advocacy group for the slain Kansas woman for whom the bill is named. Negotiation stalled, with scarce time left in the remaining lame-duck session and no deal in sight. … Read More >>

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