Court case

Developments in telecommunications policy being made in the legal system.

FCC to Court: FTC Common Carrier Exemption Is Activity Based

The Federal Communications Commission is standing with the Federal Trade Commission when it comes to a federal court decision that leaves a potential regulatory gap for broadband regulation, in the process taking a shot at AT&T.

Sinclair-Tribune Merger Faces Roadblock as Court Puts Hold on FCC Station Ownership Rule

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to restore a key media ownership rule that allowed major station groups to expand through mergers and acquisitions.

FCC to Court: UHF Stay Request Flunks Tests

Federal Communications Commission lawyers have told a DC federal court that opponents of the April 20 decision to reinstate the UHF discount have not met the high bar for an emergency stay of that decision.

AT&T: Blocking, Slowing Appear Allowable Under Title II

The federal judges who upheld the Federal Communications Commission's TItle II classification of Internet service providers in 2016 have signaled that even under those rules, ISPs could block content or slow certain traffic, just so long as they c

Court Asked to Stay FCC’s Ownership Action

Several advocacy groups have asked the United States Court of Appeals in Washington to stay the Federal Communications Commission’s April 20 decision to relax the national TV ownership cap by restoring the UHF discount in calculating station group

Cleveland Broadband Consumers Pledges Multi-Front Campaign Against AT&T

Daryl Parks, the attorney representing "Cleveland Broadband Consumers" claiming AT&T is "redlining" service in Cleveland and elsewhere, is pledging to open a multi-front legal attack on the company, including raising questions about its fitnes

Fifth Circuit creates split on whether prospective cell-site collection is a Fourth Amendment ‘search’

[Commentary] When the government engages in prospective cell-site surveillance, it obtains a court order requiring a cell provider to provide the phone’s location at that moment in “real time.” That contrasts with collection of historical cell-sit