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Judges Nix Neustar LNPA Arguments, Defer to FCC Handling of Telcordia's Ericsson Ties

A court panel rejected Neustar arguments and deferred to the FCC in denying the incumbent local number portability administrator's challenges to agency decisions choosing Telcordia (iconectiv) as the next LNPA (see 1705260016). The U.S. Court of Appeals for … Subscribe to Read >>

Pai/Free Press Rhetoric in Net Neutrality Debate Points to Possibly Rancorous Proceeding

The sometimes-acrimonious rhetoric between FCC GOP Chairman Ajit Pai and Free Press on net neutrality could be a harbinger of how the debate plays out, experts tell us. Pai's attack last month on the group that often backs regulation … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Has Tried, Failed, to Find an Answer for Twilight Towers

Addressing the estimated 4,300 twilight towers in the U.S. has proven elusive for the FCC and illustrates the difficulty of moving forward on infrastructure issues. Commissioner Mike O’Rielly discussed the towers in a Tuesday address to the Wireless Infrastructure … Subscribe to Read >>

Some State Officials Still Concerned About USF Contribution Rate Despite 'Respite'

State regulators welcomed news the USF contribution factor may not change in Q3, but some voiced continued concern about the long-term trend toward rising assessments on telecom carriers. "Fortunately, the USF assessment factor won't be increasing this quarter … Subscribe to Read >>

Senators Press Delrahim on Telecom, Media Antitrust Issues in Written Questioning

Senators pressed Makan Delrahim, the Trump administration’s nominee to lead DOJ's Antitrust Division, on antitrust concerns, in questions for the record after his hourlong confirmation hearing last week (see 1705100024). The Senate Judiciary Committee plans a vote … Subscribe to Read >>

Outlook for Infrastructure Players Bullish, Say Analysts, Tower Company Executives

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Analysts at a Wireless Infrastructure Association conference last week saw general optimism among tower companies about the future of the infrastructure industry as a result of the TV incentive auction, FirstNet, 5G and the IoT. Executives … Subscribe to Read >>

CCIA-Led Coalition, Others Support DOJ Appeal of BMI 100 Percent Licensing Case

Music licensing stakeholders signed on at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in support of DOJ's appeal of Broadcast Music Inc.'s challenge against a portion of the department's concluding statement on its review of the BMI and American Society … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

FCC Security Criticism Helping Prompt Media Industry 'Summit'

Prompted in part by last week's manhandling of a reporter at an FCC meeting, the National Press Club told us Thursday it plans to organize "a summit" among news, public affairs and security interests to discuss best practices or possible new models for media access to government agencies. "We have had too many of these incidents happen," said NPC Journalism Institute Freedom Fellow Kathy Kiely. "Having a conversation might be helpful" in balancing security concerns with maximizing openness, she said. Kiely said the FCC has been invited to participate. The agency didn't comment. … Read More >>

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