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Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) Due April 1, 2020

The annual Telecommunications Reporting Worksheet (FCC Form 499-A) is due April 1, 2020.  All telecommunications carriers, and with very limited exceptions, all intrastate, interstate, and international telecommunications service providers, as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers, are required to file FCC Form 499-A.  The FCC Form 499-A reports revenue information used to assess contributions to […]

Accessibility Recordkeeping Compliance Certifications and Contact Information Due April 1, 2020

All service providers and equipment manufacturers that are subject to Sections 255, 716 and 718 of the Communications Act must maintain records of their efforts to make their telecommunications services and equipment, advanced communications services and equipment, and Internet browsers built into mobile phones accessible to people with disabilities, as required by the Communications Act […]

FCC Adopts E911 Vertical Location Accuracy Metric (Z-Axis)

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted rules for improving E911 wireless location accuracy, including vertical location requirements by requiring CMRS providers to provide either dispatchable location using the National Emergency Address Database (“NEAD”) or vertical (z-axis) location information in compliance with a yet-to-be determined FCC approved metric. Following industry testing and […]

FCC to Consider C-Band Reform and Auction Procedures at February Meeting

(GN Docket No. 18-122; AU Docket No. 20-25) ___________________________________________________ The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) circulated two draft documents detailing its plans to make a portion of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band (the “C-band”) available for next generation wireless uses through a public auction (“Auction 107”).  In a draft Report and Order and Proposed Order of […]

Sony Music Entertainment v. Cox Communications

Federal Jury Awards $1 Billion Against ISP Cox Communications For Copyright Infringement in 2019 Case ___________________________________________________ A federal jury in Virginia has awarded a group of music recording companies (“Plaintiffs”) a $1 billion verdict against the Internet service provider (“ISP”) Cox Communications (“Cox”), finding that Cox was contributorily and vicariously liable for copyright infringement committed […]