Articles in Technology and Media

New York State Court of Appeals Holds That Cellular Data Transmission Equipment Is Taxable as Real Property

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In a unanimous decision issued on December 13, 2018, the New York State Court of Appeals held that most cellular data transmission equipment is taxable as real property in New York State. In re T-Mobile Northeast, LLC v. DeBellis, No. 140, 2018 WL 6533281 (Dec. 13, 2018). Prior to this decision, intermediate appellate courts in different parts of the state had Read More

Changes to Australian law to block offshore pirate websites take effect

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Our recent article here examined the provisions of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill). That Bill, which was first introduced to the Australian Parliament on 18 October 2018, was passed unamended by both Houses of Parliament on 28 November 2018 and is now in full force and effect. The speed with which the Act was passed reflects that there was bipartisan Read More

Holding Redlich: 2018 year in review – the top issues and where to next

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As 2018 rapidly draws to a close, our practice group experts take a magnifying glass to the top issues from the year - and outline what they expect to dominate in 2019. We examine the key issues in: Competition & Consumer: A review of the ACCC's actions this year in relation to its 2018 enforcement priorities Construction & Infrastructure: A year of Read More

New York Town Challenges Applicability of FCC Order to 4G LTE DAS Configurations

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On May 24, 2017, telecommunications facility provider Crown Castle NG East LLC (“Crown Castle”) filed a complaint against the Town of Hempstead (“Town”) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging various violations of Sections 253 and 332 of the federal Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. §§ 253, 332. Following the FCC’s September 2018 Read More

Telecommunications Client Alert – November 2018

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Recent FCC Actions to Spur Wireless 5G Deployment The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has taken several actions in recent months to facilitate broadband deployment of next generation 5G networks. Below we highlight two recent FCC orders, one to speed the deployment of wireless small cell networks and another to introduce valuable mid-band wireless spectrum for use by 5G broadband networks. Read More

The Race to Deploy Next Generation (5G) Telecom Networks: What Are the Governments of Australia and the United States Doing?

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Ubiquitous access to broadband telecommunications services are well-established policy objectives for the governments of Australia and the United States, and both are now re-doubling their efforts to spur deployment of next generation networks. Tomorrow’s wireless broadband networks – aka fifth generation or “5G” – promise to advance key economic, educational, health and security goals. The governments of both countries are Read More

Foreign owners of interests in media companies required to notify under new Australian law

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From 1 September 2018, any foreign person with an interest of 2.5 per cent or more in an Australian media company must notify the Australian Communications and Media Authority.  The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Foreign Media Ownership, Community Radio and Other Measures) Act 2018 (Cth) (Registration Act) became law on 1 September 2018. The Registration Act, amongst other matters, amends the Read More

FCC Expected to Further Improve Wireless Facilities Deployment on September 26th

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On September 26, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is widely expected to adopt a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order (“Order”) to reduce the local and state regulatory burdens on deployment of wireless facilities, including small cell networks. Based on a recently released draft of the Order, the FCC will adopt “shot clock” deadlines for local and state Read More

Telecommunications Client Alert – August 2018

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FCC Acts to Reduce Costs and Speed Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure On August 3, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) adopted rules to streamline the process of attaching telecommunications infrastructure to utility poles, ducts, conduits and rights of way (“pole attachments”). The FCC’s Order adopted new federal “one-touch make-ready” or “OTMR” rules for simple attachments in the communications space of Read More

WHY SOFTWARE OWNERS SHOULD WELCOME A RECENT FEDERAL CIRCUIT DECISION

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We’ve seen many developments in recent years that have weakened patents or made them easier to invalidate, which have led to increasing confusion as to what is actually patentable, and how a claim will be construed once it is challenged. That’s why patent owners—in particular companies patenting software-related innovations—should take solace in a recent Federal Circuit decision that could bring Read More