Recent Developments at the FCC

The FCC adopted the following items at its meeting on February 22, 2018. FCC Proposes to Eliminate Requirement to File EEO Mid-Term Reports The FCC issued  a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) at its Feb. 22 meeting proposing to eliminate the requirement for broadcast stations to file Form 397 mid-term reports.  The Rules currently require stations with 5 or more employees (or commonly-owned stations in the same market) to file Form 397 in conjunction with the statutorily-required mid-term EEO review.  The NPRM states that most of the information contained in such reports is available in the public inspection file.  The... READ MORE >

FCC Approves “Power-at-a Distance” Wireless Charging

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a wireless charger for small devices such as smartphones, tablets, and watches.  The device, named WattUP®, was developed by Energous Corp.  Martin Cooper, who is generally recognized as the inventor of the cell phone and is one of the company’s directors, recently said, “[t]his ground-breaking technology allows users to automatically charge their WattUP-enabled devices without having to remove them from their wrist or pocket, plug them in or place them on a mat to charge.” Devices to be charged may be placed up to 3 feet from the charger, and multiple devices may... READ MORE >

Amazon’s New “Key” Delivery System: A Threat to Consumer Rights?

Amazon has launched its new “Amazon Key” delivery system which enables packages to be delivered inside of consumer homes. The system provides convenience for consumers, yet it also raises important privacy and security concerns. By accepting the “Key” system, consumers surrender their right to take legal action against Amazon in the courts, agreeing instead to use binding arbitration to resolve claims arising from use of Amazon Key. When evaluating the merits of Amazon Key, consumers and policymakers should consider whether or not the Amazon requirement of mandatory binding arbitration for disputes serves the interests of consumers. Amazon provides a keyless... READ MORE >