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Washington, D.C., The Senate confirmed Julius Genachowski for FCC Chairman last Thursday. Genachowski was President Obama’s chief technology advisor during his presidential campaign and a former Harvard Law classmate. Genachowski worked at the FCC during the Clinton administration and...
Washington, D.C., The FCC claims that the Communications Act of 1934 gives it authority to regulate “anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference,” says FCC spokesman David Fiske. That includes devices like Wi-Fi...
Moscow, Russia: The Associated Press and the BBC reported last week that Russian businessman, Oleg Teterin, president of the mobile ad company Superfone, claims to have the trademark to the combination of punctuation marks used to convey the “winking face” ;-) emoticon in e-mails and...
In the grand scheme of things, it’s always exciting to begin new ventures, and starting a new business or renaming an existing business is one of them. But with all of the adrenalin flowing in anticipation of such changes, some matters do have a tendency of getting lost in the...
TLG Podcast: FollowUPdate On Early Termination Fees On June 19 we reported on the FCC’s Public Hearing on Early Termination Fees (“ETFs”). At the Hearing called by the FCC, executives from major telecom companies, like Verizon and AT&T, argued that ETFs are consistent with the...
TLG White Paper Podcast: Effectively Negotiating Telecom Agreements Carrier agreements are intended to set forth the terms and conditions under which resellers purchase the essential commodity of their business: telecommunications services. Sadly, however, it is the rare instance when...
TLG Podcast: Developments Shaping the Internet “Opt-In” Web TrackingWashington, DC: For some time, companies like Google and Yahoo have been tracking consumer searches on their own sites “to tailor advertisements to their interests.” Recently, however, the problem has grown...
TLG SnapUpdate Podcast: ACLU Vows to Challenge FISA Immunity Provisions Washington, DC: The ACLU plans to challenge the FISA bill passed on July 9, 2008, by the Senate. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") grants telecommunications companies, which helped the National...
Technology Law Group is pleased to announce that it will serve as a featured legal content provider to the Telecom Association ("TA") as well as its membership in that Association. TA is a consortium of telecom agents, channel partners and vendors providing telecom and technology business services...