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Telecom Alert– Presidential Debate Wi-Fi Blocking; 911 Location Services; Consumer Data Protection; One-Touch Make Ready; 911 Reliability Certifications, Vol XIII, Issue 41

Date: Oct 11, 2016

Presidential Debate Wi-Fi Blocking

FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel requested the Enforcement Bureau investigate alleged Wi-Fi blocking at the first Presidential debate hosted at Hofstra University.  Reports have alleged that Wi-Fi blocking prevented spectators and journalists from using their own hotspots.  Instead, they were required to pay a $200 fee to use the university’s Wi-Fi.  Keller and Heckman attorneys Wes Wright and Tim Doughty recently presented a webinar discussing the FCC’s Wi-Fi management rules and recent enforcement actions.  For more information, please contact Tim Doughty (doughty@khlaw.com; 202.434.4271).

CTIA Enhancing Mobile 911 Location Services

The Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA) announced in a press release last week that West’s Safety Services was selected to develop and operate a 911 National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) platform, which will serve as a national database of access points (e.g., Wi-Fi hotspots) and beacons (e.g., Bluetooth Low Energy) to assist 911 call centers in responding to emergencies.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

Broadband Consumer Data Protection

Last week, the FCC released a fact sheet outlining a proposed Order for protecting the confidentiality and security of information that internet service providers (ISPs) acquire from customers.  The FCC is expected to vote on the Order at its October 27 Open Meeting.  The proposal follows a March 31 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that sought comment on a comprehensive set of privacy and security rules for protecting customer information, and reportedly incorporates revisions based on public comments and  input from the Federal Trade Commission.   Doug Jarrett and Tracy Marshall published an article on the NPRM, available at https://www.khlaw.com/9166.  For more information, please contact Doug (Jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180) or Tracy (marshall@khlaw.com; 202.434.4234).

Charter Sues Louisville to Block One-Touch Make Ready

Charter joined AT&T by filing its own federal lawsuit to block Louisville’s approval of Google’s One-Touch Make Ready proposal.  Like AT&T, Charter claims the Kentucky PSC has exclusive jurisdiction over pole attachments but also claims its constitutional rights are violated because Google must comply with fewer regulations.  For more information, please contact Tom Magee (magee@khlaw.com; 202-434-4128).

911 Annual Reliability Certifications Due

The Annual 911 Reliability Certification deadline is quickly approaching for Covered 911 Service Providers (Vol. XIII, Issue 34).  Certifications are due Saturday, October 15, 2016 but the Commission will accept certifications until the following Monday, October 17, 2016.  For more information, please contact Wes Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239).

Keller & Heckman Presentation on “What Healthcare Needs to Know”

Keller & Heckman attorneys Greg Kunkle and Wes Wright will present a webinar next week discussing the role of the FCC within the healthcare industry.  The webinar will highlight healthcare specific programs and funding opportunities, and examine compliance issues pertinent to healthcare providers.  The presentation will also address recent enforcement trends, tips for managing compliance issues with the Enforcement Bureau, and what changes in leadership at the FCC mean for the industry.  The webinar will be presented on Thursday, October 20 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and Friday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  To register, please contact Mr. Kunlke (kunkle@khlaw.com; 202.434.4178) or Mr. Wright (wright@khlaw.com; 202.434.4239) or click here

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