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Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 18:46:14 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: FCC Gives Robocallers 2.9 Million Reasons to Lawyer Up Ahead of Time Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By Jon Markman, CommLawBlog, May 12, 2014 Ignore the FCCs warnings at your financial peril. Telemarketing is a fact of modern life, mainly because it can be a very efficient and effective way to communicate a message (commercial, political, etc.) to a huge audience. But that doesn't mean that the audience necessarily likes to receive telemarketed messages: many, perhaps most, consumers don't. That's probably even truer when it comes to "robocalls" (i.e., calls that are dialed automatically or play prerecorded messages), a type of unsolicited marketing that involves no actual human interaction, at least on the robocallers end. And it's probably truer still when the robocall is directed to a cell phone or mobile device where the recipient can end up paying for the minutes. Responding to public sentiment more than two decades ago, Congress (in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)) banned the use of automatic calling (both live and prerecorded) to mobile devices except in emergency situations or when the company has the express written consent of the recipient of the call. In contrast to landline numbers, mobile phone subscribers don't have to put their numbers on the Governments Do-Not-Call list to get this protection. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/05/articles/enforcement-activities-fines-f/fcc-gives-robocallers-29-million-reasons-to-lawyer-up-ahead-of-time/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/mjbbbrt Neal McLain
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 19:13:26 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Wheeler to retool proposed Net Neutrality rules Message-ID: <email@example.com> By K.C. Neel, FierceCable, May 12, 2014 Third Open Internet revision goes over like a lead balloon with industry players. Amid widespread complaints from industry executives as well as some members of Congress, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is going back to the drawing board to revise proposed rules for regulating broadband access to the Internet. He promised the commission won't allow companies to create fast and slow lanes to segregate Web traffic. Wheeler had proposed last month banning broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites, but allowing them to strike deals in which companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers. But the pitch drew criticism from the tech sector, including Google and Netflix, both of which complained the new rules would segregate the Internet into fast and slow lanes. Wheeler is sticking to his original approach, but is including language that would make clear the FCC will carefully scrutinize the deals to make sure broadband providers don't unfairly put non-paying companies' content at a disadvantage. Continued: http://www.fiercecable.com/story/wheeler-retool-proposed-net-neutrality-rules/2014-05-12?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal -or- http://tinyurl.com/nxb36nw Neal McLain
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