FCC Requests Public Comment On Proposal To Expand Access To Mobile Wireless Services On Aircraft

Media Law Prof Blog

The FCC is accepting public comments on its proposal to expand access to mobile wireless services on aircraft in flight. According to a press release dated December 12, 2013, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to consider a proposal that

Verizon Wireless Files RICO Suit against Mobile Marketers, Alleges Deception and Fraud in Evasion of MMA Guidelines Requirements for Short Code Campaigns

New Media and Technology Law

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, filed a lengthy complaint on March 7, 2011, against mobile marketing entities that have conducted short code marketing campaigns on its network. The complaint alleges that these entities failed to comply with the Mobile Marketing Association’s Consumer Best Practices Guidelines for Cross Carrier Mobile Content Services , which Verizon incorporates into its standard contract provisions.

DOJ Files Lawsuit To Prevent AT&T Acquisition Of T-Mobile

Media Law Prof Blog

The Department of Justice has filed a suit to prevent AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile, and thus, according to DOJ's statement, "substantially lessen[ing] competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services across the United States, resulting in higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer

FCC Approves First TV White Spaces Database Manager - Wireless Devices in TV Band to Start Operations in January

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC approved the first database manager for TV white spaces devices - those wireless communications devices that will operate in the spectrum currently used by broadcast television, operating on channels not in use in a given area and supposedly avoiding interference to the reception of over-the-air television stations. Today's Public Notice specifically addresses how wireless microphone users need to register with the FCC to be protected from interference.

FCC Authorizes Mobile DTV Receivers Without Analog Tuners - Further Signals of the End of Analog LPTV, and Raises Questions of Recapture of TV Spectrum for Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC's Media Bureau granted waivers of the requirement that television tuners be capable of receiving both analog and digital television transmissions , but only with respect to tuners meant for mobile use. The FCC justified the waivers of the All Channel Receiver Act given the technological constraints that an analog reception chip would put on mobile receivers meant for the reception of the Mobile/Handheld Digital Television Standard (A/153) signals.

FCC Authorizes Mobile DTV Receivers Without Analog Tuners - Further Signals of the End of Analog LPTV, and Raises Questions of Recapture of TV Spectrum for Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

Last week, the FCC's Media Bureau granted waivers of the requirement that television tuners be capable of receiving both analog and digital television transmissions , but only with respect to tuners meant for mobile use. The FCC justified the waivers of the All Channel Receiver Act given the technological constraints that an analog reception chip would put on mobile receivers meant for the reception of the Mobile/Handheld Digital Television Standard (A/153) signals.

Congress Authorizes FCC Incentive Auctions to Clear Part of Broadcast TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Users - The Details of the Legislation

Broadcast Law Blog

Congress finally has given to the FCC authority to conduct spectrum auctions to reclaim parts of the TV spectrum for wireless users , and most DC-based industry associations, including the NAB, have reacted favorably. So Congress ordered the President to identify certain Federal spectrum that could be made available for wireless users, and also authorized the FCC to conduct auctions of broadcast spectrum, but under the very specific guidelines set out below.

Reclaiming Over-the-Air TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband Use - What Will the Budget Super Committee Decide?

Broadcast Law Blog

The battle over the reclamation of television spectrum for wireless broadband rages on, and some in the television industry fear that the future of over-the-air television may be sacrificed to Congressional attempts to reduce the Federal deficit. With tablets and smartphone usage growing quickly, and the ever-increasing demands for wireless spectrum to deliver video, audio and other rich internet content, the Commission fears a spectrum shortage – especially in certain urban markets.

Protection of Children Prompts Potential FCC Regulation of Internet and Wireless Video Programming and Enhanced State Privacy Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

Remarks several weeks ago by FCC Chair Julius Genachowski suggesting that the FCC might want to look at content regulation beyond the broadcast medium, a view reiterated in an interview yesterday in TV NewsCheck , also suggest that concerns about the exposure of children to indecency and other troubling programming on cable, online and by wireless devices may lead the FCC into unprecedented extensions of its regulation of entertainment content beyond the broadcast media.

FCC Wants More Wireless Broadband from TV Spectrum - Congress and the White House Get In on the Action

Broadcast Law Blog

While it's summer in Washington and things should slow down, the discussion of the need for wireless spectrum for broadband, and the related question of whether to reclaim television spectrum for that use, continues unabated. The White House recently issued a Presidential Memorandum supporting the idea that the FCC free up 500 mhz of spectrum for wireless broadband purposes.

The Debate Continues Over Using TV Spectrum for Wireless Broadband - Incentive Auctions, International Considerations, Deficit Reduction, and Public Safety All Play a Role

Broadcast Law Blog

The debate over repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband have been raging over the normally quiet Washington summer, as issues as diverse as the budget negotiations, the tenth anniversary of 9-11 and international treaties all play their part in the discussions. The FCC has been pursuing the idea of repurposing some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use since well before the Broadband Report was issued last year.

THE FUTURE IS MOBILE

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

I recently attended the NATPE Mobile ++ conference in Las Vegas to find out how the ability to watch content on mobile devices will change the motion picture and television industry. I learned that there are now more mobile phones in the U.S.A. However, only 10 percent of those mobile phones have the capability to exhibit video footage. And only 10 percent of those capable are actually using their phones and mobile devices to watch such content.

THE FUTURE IS MOBILE

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

I recently attended the NATPE Mobile ++ conference in Las Vegas to find out how the ability to watch content on mobile devices will change the motion picture and television industry. I learned that there are now more mobile phones in the U.S.A. However, only 10 percent of those mobile phones have the capability to exhibit video footage. And only 10 percent of those capable are actually using their phones and mobile devices to watch such content.

FCC To Hold Workshop On Interoperability of Customer Mobile Equipment Across Commercial Spectrum Blocks In 700 MHz Band

Media Law Prof Blog

the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will hold a workshop on the interoperability of customer mobile equipment across commercial spectrum blocks in the 700 From the FCC On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.,

FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Looking to Reallocate Some TV Spectrum to Wireless Broadband

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today started an examination of the future of the spectrum currently used by broadcast television, beginning the formal process of implementing the ideas raised in its Broadband Plan of repurposing some of that spectrum for use by wireless broadband technologies. In the initial presentation made about the NPRM, it was stated that the principal issues to be addressed in the NPRM were: Allowing new primary allocations in the television spectrum for fixed and mobile wireless users.

126 MHz Incentive Auction Clearing Target Set – Reverse Auction for TV Stations to Bid to Surrender their Spectrum to Wireless Users to Begin May 31

Broadcast Law Blog

That means, that if the Incentive Auction is completed in the initial stage with the 126 MHz spectrum clearing target, TV channels 30-36 and 38-51 will be reallocated for mobile broadband and unlicensed wireless services , leaving UHF channels 14-29 for broadcast TV stations (along with VHF channels 2-13 which are not being auctioned). Channel 37 will remain allocated for wireless medical telemetry and radioastronomy services, with unlicensed services permitted.

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Pandora Gets Subpoena About Mobile App - Privacy, the Next Big Issue for Digital Media Companies

Broadcast Law Blog

This past week, we saw Pandora announce that it has received a subpoena from a Federal grand jury in connection with an investigation into the use of information collected from various mobile apps, and whether users of these apps were aware of the use of their private information. On Line Media Pandora privacy subpoena Privacy behavioral advertising personally identifiable information privacy and digital media privacy and mobile apps targeted advertising

Wireless Issues Dominate August FCC Open Meeting; No Media Issues Included

Broadcast Law Blog

The agenda contains two Notices of Inquiry involving Wireless Telecommunications matters, as well as a Notice of Inquiry Notice of Inquiry about protecting American consumers by ensuring sufficient access to information about communications services. The Commission today announced the agenda for its August 27, 2009 FCC Open Meeting.

Could Calls on the FCC for More Spectrum Lead to the End of Over The Air TV?

Broadcast Law Blog

An article from TV NewsCheck last week reported on an approach by an FCC representative to television operators, floating an idea that the FCC would "buy" TV spectrum from existing television station operators , and repurpose that spectrum for wireless users - presumably some sort of wireless broadband. The theory of unwiring looked at the growing demands of wireless data networks for more and more bandwidth.

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Google is Excited About Apple? What a Twist!

JetLawBlog

In addition, it will allow Apple to take advantage of its acquisition of Quattro Wireless, another advertising service. What a twist! Today, Apple announced the new features of the iPhone 4 OS.

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FCC National Broadband Plan - What It Suggests for TV Broadcasters Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

Facilitating the deployment of ubiquitous, dependable wireless broadband service is identified as a fundamental goal of the Commission’s proposals. The authors of the Commission’s report have viewed the problems experienced by some wireless broadband providers in major markets as indicative of a coming shortage in wireless capacity. These include the Wireless Communications Service (WCS) and Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) spectrum.

DTV Station Reminder: FCC Form 317 Reporting of Ancillary Services Due Dec. 1st

Broadcast Law Blog

Tags: DTV Digital Digital Television TV Television broadcast for mobile of spectrum spectrumDTV taking transition use wireless

FCC Starts Next Step of TV White Spaces Deployment - Issues RFP for Database Manager to Track Interference Concerns

Broadcast Law Blog

A year after the FCC issued its order adopting the " White Spaces " proposals (about which we wrote here and here ), to allow wireless devices to operate in unused portions of the television band on a non-interference basis, the FCC took its first steps toward actual implementation of that order by issuing a request for Proposals from entities wishing to be considered for the position of Database Manager.

FCC Freezes Channel Changes By Digital TV Stations While Evaluating Reallocation of Television Spectrum for Broadband Use

Broadcast Law Blog

In another example of how seriously the FCC is considering the reallocation of portions of the TV spectrum for wireless broadband use , the Commission today issued a Public Notice freezing any new petitions for changes in the channels of television stations. Many predict that these problems with the remaining VHF stations will be worse when the new mobile DTV devices roll out later this year.

ScanSnap’s Newest Scanner Works Anywhere with Any Device

Media Law

Fujitsu today is releasing its newest scanner, the ScanSnap iX100, and it is a mobile lawyer’s dream. Lightweight and battery operated, it scans wirelessly to any computer, iOS or Android device, producing high-quality scans at a fast speed. Wireless scanning is nothing new, of course, but what distinguishes the iX100 is that it doesn’t even […].

FCC Ready to Tap Returned TV Spectrum with New White Spaces Order

Broadcast Law Blog

On the tentative agenda released recently for the next open Commission meeting, to be held next Thursday, September 23rd, the Commission has included an item entitled: " TV White Spaces Second MO&O : A Second Memorandum Opinion and Order that will create opportunities for investment and innovation in advanced Wi-Fi technologies and a variety of broadband services by finalizing provisions for unlicensed wireless devices to operate in unused parts of TV spectrum."

Hollywood Docket: White House wants spectrum; Video game industry wants tax breaks; Licensed YouTube music

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The White House is endorsing an FCC proposal to reclaim the wireless spectrum, displeasing broadcasters concerned about whether the plan will hinder their ability to broadcast in HD or provide mobile digital TV. Mediaweek] The overthrow of the Labour party.

While Few Vie for New VHF TV Stations in NJ and Delaware, FCC Sets Comment Date on Improving VHF Digital Reception and TV Channel Sharing With Must Carry Rights As Ways to Help Clear TV Band for Broadband Users

Broadcast Law Blog

Despite his lack of interest in these VHF channels, the FCC seems to be looking at VHF as a way to facilitate its announced plans for the clearing of significant portions of the television spectrum for wireless broadband use. Issues on which the Commission seeks comment include: What effect will channel sharing have on the deployment of HD programming and mobile television?

Allocating Broadband in the Twenty-First Century

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael Santorelli and Charles Davidson, New York Law School, have published "Seizing the Mobile Moment: Spectrum Allocation Policy for the Wireless Broadband Century." Here is the abstract. Broadband is widely recognized as a key platform for enabling and supporting job

Commissioner Clyburn Suggests TV Channels 5 and 6 Could Be Used For Radio - Will It Happen?

Broadcast Law Blog

But the recent proposal for the repurposing of some of the television spectrum for wireless broadband creates a whole new problem for the use of Channels 5 and 6 for FM radio. While VHF channels, like 5 and 6, have proved to less than optimal for DTV use, and are not expected to be very good for mobile DTV, television users could be forced to use these channels were the FCC to follow up with its suggestions of taking some of the UHF channels for mobile broadband.

ScanSnap’s Newest Scanner Works Anywhere with Any Device

Media Law

Fujitsu today is releasing its newest scanner, the ScanSnap iX100, and it is a mobile lawyer’s dream. Lightweight and battery operated, it scans wirelessly to any computer, iOS or Android device, producing high-quality scans at a fast speed. Wireless scanning is nothing new, of course, but what distinguishes the iX100 is that it doesn’t even […].

Hurricanes and Earthquakes - Emergency Communications In the Spotlight With CAP Conversion and National EAS Test Coming Soon (Though, For CAP, Maybe Not As Soon As We Thought)

Broadcast Law Blog

There has been much focus on emergency communications recently, with the East Coast earthquake re-igniting the debate over FM-enabled mobile phones , and with Hurricane Irene forcing stations to gear up for emergency coverage in the coming days. Finally, there is the debate about whether mobile phones should be enabled to receive broadcast signals, especially in the time of emergency.

FCC Rejects Request by Low Power Television Broadcaster to Test Technology to Enable Broadband Service Over Broadcast Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

As has been well known and discussed for at least the last decade, the ATSC standard chosen for digital television broadcast service in the United States is not ideal for mobile service and is not well suited for two-way broadband service. ATSC A/85 standard Broadband Report COFDM Digital Television General FCC LPTV conversion to digital Low Power Television/Class A TV Television national broadband plan reclaimed TV channels television incentive auctions wireless broadband service

Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposals for Dealing with False EAS Alerts

Broadcast Law Blog

In the order adopting that requirement and other changes to EAS practices, the FCC also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, suggesting other EAS changes to deal with false alerts – including asking if it should create a more detailed reporting system for false alerts, whether state EAS plans should be required to be amended to add procedures for dealing with false alerts, and looking for details about the delivery of wireless alerts to cell phones and other mobile devices.

In Less Than 3 Weeks, Let's Provide Detailed Analysis on Fundamentally Changing the Television Industry - Comments Sought on Encouraging Internet Video in Addition to Repurposing TV Spectrum

Broadcast Law Blog

though the mobile digital television deployment which is only just beginning). The impact on the US economy of increased wireless broadband and of any decrease in the amount of spectrum used by television broadcasters. The views of the financial community on mobile TV broadcasting.

@ jackclarkSF: Of All Google Legal Woes, EU Android Case May Be Top Threat

Music Technology Policy

Google regularly tussles with regulators over taxes, privacy, and competition, but the latest battle, which came to a head Wednesday in Europe, may be the biggest challenge yet to the company’s mobile strategy. If charges stick, the company will find it harder to grow ad revenue, control costs and make money from mobile gadgets in Europe.

Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction Is Over – What’s Next?

Broadcast Law Blog

After the FCC increased the round-by-round bid increments Monday for the new mobile broadband blocks being offered in the forward auction (where wireless companies bid for spectrum which TV broadcasters had agreed to vacate in the initial “reverse auction” phase of the incentive auction), bidding slowed down considerably, and in just six rounds, Stage 1 of the forward auction was declared over yesterday afternoon.

Facebook differs with Google on Net neutrality | The Social - CNET News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Facebook continues to support principles of Net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks ," the company's Washington, D.C.

More Free Non-Display Uses of Music: Google’s Tying Agreements Force Phone Companies to Use YouTube

Music Technology Policy

Now, there is new evidence Google is following the same playbook with its Android mobile operating system, which has become a key vehicle to distribute its revenue-generating mobile apps on phones. The Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA) required of companies like companies like Samsung, Lenovo Group and Xiaomi] said there must be a Google search “widget” on the “default home screen” of the device, along with an icon for the Google Play app store.

FCC Gives a Peek at Some Details for the Incentive Auction – What’s Up for TV Stations?

Broadcast Law Blog

The incentive auction by which the FCC will try to get some television stations to surrender their spectrum so that it can be sold to wireless broadband users is moving forward. That plan will move all TV stations into a smaller part of what is now the TV band so that the wireless companies bidding on the repurchased spectrum will have the same blocks of spectrum across the country, so that equipment can be standardized on a nationwide plan.

Facebook differs with Google on Net neutrality | The Social - CNET News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Facebook continues to support principles of Net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks ," the company's Washington, D.C.

iPhone “Jailbreaking” is Fair Use

JetLawBlog

Jailbreaking software (or firmware), when installed on a cell phone, enables the phone to connect to other wireless telecommunication networks. Unlocking the iPhone allows users to switch to another GSM network in the United States (like T-Mobile) and in other countries.

DWT (Driving While Texting): The New DUI?

JetLawBlog

It is indisputable that one result of the proliferation of handheld mobile devices is the distraction of drivers on the road, thus making car travel less safe for those using the devices as well as for other drivers.