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What's New in 5G - May 2021

May 3, 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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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Public Notice announcing that the application filing window for Round 2 of its COVID-19 Telehealth Program will run for seven days starting April 29, 2021. The application portal will open at noon ET on Thursday, April 29, and close one week later at noon ET on Thursday, May 6. Round 2 of the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Program will make an additional almost $250 million available to fund telehealth and connected care services provided by eligible providers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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The FCC issued a record $225 million fine against a pair of robocallers and its Enforcement Bureau issued cease-and-desist letters to eight voice providers.
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TCPA Litigation Update — Taking Stock of Facebook at the Pleadings Stage

April 16, 2021 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Esteban Morales

A U.S. magistrate judge recommended against dismissing a TCPA case involving text messages sent with technology that can store and dial telephone numbers using a random or sequential generator based on the Court’s Facebook v. Duguid ruling.
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TCPA Regulatory Update — Lawmakers Respond to SCOTUS Facebook Auto-Dialer Ruling

April 16, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Jonathan P. Garvin

Read about a joint statement issued by Congressional lawmakers about their plans to introduce legislation to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Facebook v. Duguid, which held that under the TCPA, an automatic telephone dialing system must be able to perform random or sequential number generation.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — April 2021

April 16, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Jonathan P. Garvin, Esteban Morales

The April 2021 TCPA Digest discusses the FCC’s record $225 million fine against a pair of robocallers, Congressional lawmakers’ response to the SCOTUS Facebook auto-dialer ruling, compliance dates for the TRACED Act, and a U.S. magistrate judge’s recommendation, based on the Facebook ruling, not to dismiss a TCPA case.
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TCPA Regulatory Update — Dates Set for Compliance with TRACED Act

April 16, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Jonathan P. Garvin

Read about an FCC order requiring compliance with Section 10 of the TRACED Act by May 6, 2021 and the January 1, 2022 deadline for voice service providers to implement systems to notify callers immediately when calls are blocked.
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FCC to Award Additional $249+ Million in Funding for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

April 6, 2021 | Blog | By Angela Kung, Rachel Irving Pitts

On March 29, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted an Order establishing rules and procedures for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program (the “Program”) to continue supporting telehealth services, which have proved to be so vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a News Release accompanying the Order, FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel highlighted that “[t]his past year has proven, without a doubt, that telehealth technology is critical to helping address inequities in access to health care services” and that Round 2 of this program will help address these challenges “head on.”
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What's New in 5G - April 2021

April 2, 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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Supreme Court Narrows Scope of TCPA in Landmark Autodialer Ruling

April 1, 2021 | Blog | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian, Geanette Foster

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court expressly overturned the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, by holding, “to qualify as an ‘automatic telephone dialing system’ under the TCPA, a device must have the capacity either to store a telephone number using a random or sequential number generator, or to produce a telephone number using a random or sequential number generator.” See Facebook v. Duguid, 592 U.S. (2021). “Congress’ definition of an autodialer requires that in all cases, whether storing or producing numbers to be called, the equipment in question must use a random or sequential number generator. This definition excludes equipment like Facebook’s login notification system, which does not use such technology.”
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TCPA Legislative Update — Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Increase Fines for Spoofing

March 16, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Jonathan P. Garvin

The Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2021, S. 594, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, of which two of the bill’s co-sponsors, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), are members.
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TCPA Regulatory Update — Industry Calls on FCC to Fix TCPA Consent Rule

March 16, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Jonathan P. Garvin

USTelecom, one of the largest telecommunications industry groups, has publicly joined the American Bankers Association (“ABA”) in asking the Commission to issue an erratum correcting its December 2020 Report and Order implementing Section 8 of the TRACED Act.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — March 2021

March 16, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Jonathan P. Garvin

Our March issue covers calls for the FCC to fix a recent Report and Order that would require prior express written consent rather than merely prior express consent for informational prerecorded or artificial voice calls to a residential number. In addition, we cover a Senate bill that would increase fines for “spoofing,” the practice of masking caller ID information.
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What's New in 5G - March 2021

March 2, 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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TCPA Regulatory Update — Industry Shows Support for FCC Hospital Robocall Blocking Recommendations

February 18, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Elana R. Safner, Jonathan P. Garvin

TCPA Regulatory Update — Industry Shows Support for FCC Hospital Robocall Blocking Recommendations
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TCPA Regulatory Update — Compliance Dates Established for Reassigned Numbers Database Reporting Requirements

February 18, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Elana R. Safner, Jonathan P. Garvin

TCPA Regulatory Update — Compliance Dates Established for Reassigned Numbers Database Reporting Requirements
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Monthly TCPA Digest — February 2021

February 17, 2021 | Article | By Russell Fox, Joshua Briones, Elana R. Safner, Jonathan P. Garvin, Matthew Novian

The February TCPA Digest discusses industry input on facilitating adoption of best practices for combatting illegal robocalls in hospitals, a compliance date for voice service providers regarding the Reassigned Numbers Database, and efforts by attorneys general to reverse a ruling that TCPA violations occurring between 2015 and July 2020 are unenforceable because the TCPA law was then unconstitutional.
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TCPA Litigation Update — The TCPA’s Constitutionality After Barr v. AAPC

February 17, 2021 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Matthew Novian

Whether the Sixth Circuit will agree with the attorneys general is unknown and largely dependent on the panel. Nevertheless, that decision will have no bearing on the cases currently being decided in the Eleventh Circuit. We will closely monitor any developments from the Sixth Circuit and other district courts as this line of cases continues to make headway across the nation.
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What's New in 5G - February 2021

February 2, 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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Ending 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) raced to implement several of the Congressionally imposed TRACED Act (“Act”) deadlines to combat illegal robocalls.
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