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Action Items on Technology and Communication Policies in front of the Senate Commerce Committee

January 14, 2021 | Blog | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Christopher Harvie

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What's New in 5G - January 2021

January 6, 2021 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

The next-generation of wireless technologies – known as 5G – is here.  Not only is it expected to offer network speeds that are up to 100 times faster than 4G LTE and reduce latency to nearly zero, it will allow networks to handle 100 times the number of connected devices, revolutionizing business and consumer connectivity and enabling the “Internet of Things.”  Leading policymakers – federal regulators and legislators – are making it a top priority to ensure that the wireless industry has the tools it needs to maintain U.S. leadership in commercial 5G deployments.  This blog provides monthly updates on FCC actions and Congressional efforts to win the race to 5G.
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Protecting Lawful Streaming Act Signed Into Law

January 5, 2021 | Blog | By Seth Davidson

One of the provisions included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act that President Trump signed into law on December 27, 2020 addresses the so-called “felony streaming” loophole in the Copyright Act and criminal code. 
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TCPA Litigation Update — Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on TCPA Autodialer Provision

December 16, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Matthew Novian

Read about the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, et al., a case about the TCPA's definition of an automatic telephone dialing system.
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Read about the FCC’s Order requiring many federal and state government contractors to obtain prior consent to make calls to consumers and its proposal to establish a web portal to collect info about robocalls.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — December 2020

December 16, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

Mintz’s December TCPA Digest covers the oral argument in the Supreme Court’s Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid case about the TCPA’s definition of an ATDS and TCPA-related activity at the FCC, including its Order requiring many federal and state government contractors to obtain prior consent to make calls to consumers.
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What's New in 5G - December 2020

December 3, 2020 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

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Senate Passes IoT Cybersecurity Bill by Unanimous Consent

November 18, 2020 | Blog | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Christopher Harvie

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Monthly TCPA Digest — November 2020

November 13, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

This issue covers Johnson v. NPAS Sols., LLC, a class action in which the 11th Circuit invalidated the use of incentive awards for named plaintiffs, a decision that could discourage the filing of TCPA class actions nationwide. The newsletter also provides early implementers with tips on filing for voluntary STIR/SHAKEN implementation exemptions.
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TCPA Litigation Update — Eleventh Circuit Rejects Incentive Awards, District of New Jersey Court Refuses to Adopt Reasoning
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TCPA Regulatory Update — FCC Releases Public Notice on Filing for Voluntary STIR/SHAKEN Implementation Exemptions for Early Implementers & Reviews Comments on Section 8 of the TRACED Act
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Russell Fox and Angela King discuss the FCC’s announcement that it is accepting applications for the Connected Care Pilot Program, which will make $100 million available to help health care providers defray the costs of connected care services.
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What's New in 5G - November 2020

November 2, 2020 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

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Monthly TCPA Digest — October 2020

October 20, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Crystal Lopez, Elana R. Safner

Mintz’s October TCPA Digest covers Creasy v. Charter Communications, Inc., a federal district court ruling that deems autodialed calls and text messages made during the past five years unconstitutional under the TCPA, and recent TCPA-related activity at the FCC.
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TCPA Litigation Update — District Court Rules TCPA Unconstitutional from 2015 to 2020

October 20, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Crystal Lopez

Read about the federal district court ruling in Creasy v. Charter Commc’ns, Inc., which held that the TCPA was unconstitutional from 2015 to 2020.
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Read about the FCC’s ongoing implementation of the TRACED Act aimed at reducing robocalls, including a proposed rulemaking process seeking comment on TCPA exceptions.
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What's New in 5G - October 2020

October 5, 2020 | Blog | By Russell Fox, T. Scott Thompson, Angela Kung, Daniel P. Reing, Christen B'anca Glenn

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In the Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid US Supreme Court case about the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system under the TCPA, the US government filed a brief in support of Facebook’s position.
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Read about the FCC’s draft order implementing STIR/SHAKEN that would establish extension deadlines and require certification in a commission database.
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