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Developments in telecommunications policy being made in the legal system.

FCC Defends UHF Discount

The Federal Communications Commission told the DC Circuit Court of Appeals it was reasonable to reinstate the so-called UHF discount in April because it is “inextricably intertwined” with the 39 percent national audience reach limit imposed on bro

Congress Needs to Stop the Net Neutrality Definitional Merry-Go-Round

[Commentary] In a few weeks, it is widely expected that the Federal Communications Commission will release a draft order reversing the Obama Administration’s controversial 2015 decision to reclassify broadband internet access from a lightly-regula

FCC Backs Charter in VoIP Case

The Federal Communications Commission has weighed in with a federal court to support Charter's challenge to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's application of legacy Title II telecom regulations to its interconnected VoIP phone service.

35 states and DC back bid to collect online sales taxes

Thirty-five state attorneys general and the District of Columbia this week signed on to support South Dakota's legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state Internet retailers.

Supreme Court's Cell Phone Tracking Case Could Hurt Privacy

[Commentary] One of the biggest cases for the US Supreme Court’s current term could mark a watershed moment for the Fourth Amendment. In Carpenter v.

Department of Justice Backs Challenge to Free Speech Zone

The Justice Department has backed the challenge top a college speech policy that allegedly confined that speech to a 616-square-foot "free Speech Area" and has "unpublished" rules governing speech that student's aren't apprised of unless they appl

A Legislative Solution For Net Neutrality May Be Close

[Commentary] It might seem that the prospects for a return to strong bi-partisan Internet policy, which began during the Clinton Administration, are no better now.

Court Won't Force Broadcasters to Translate Emergency Alerts

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has said the Federal Communications Commission was within its authority to seek more input before deciding whether or not to require broadcasters to simulcast emergency alert information in other language

Supreme Court to consider major digital privacy case on Microsoft e-mail storage

The Supreme Court accepted a second important case on digital privacy, agreeing to hear a dispute between the federal government and Microsoft about e-mails stored overseas.

Supreme Court declines to review computer hacking cases

On Oct 10, the Supreme Court sidestepped a growing controversy over who can give permission to access a computer, a debate that goes to the core of what constitutes hacking in this era of widespread use of the internet and social media.