Tag Archives: FCC

Will the Supreme Court Side with the Sixth Circuit and Against the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits on Telecommunications Monopoly Question?

The Supreme Court will hear oral argument today in the case of Talk America, Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co. to address, in plain terms, “Whether state utility commissions may require major telephone companies (like AT&T and Verizon) to provide smaller competitors access to certain parts of their network facilities at cost instead of at market rates.”   (See Definition … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Accepts Cert Over Telecommunications Competition Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a circuit split caused by the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Michigan Bell Telephone Co. v. Covad Comms. Co., No. 07-2469.pdf (consolidated with Isiogu v. Michigan Bell (10-329) for Supreme Court review).  In Michigan Bell, the parties debated the meaning of some of the FCC’s regulations under the Telecommunications … Continue Reading

The Sixth Circuit Decides Not to Decide Do-Not-Call Issue That Is Better Addressed by the FCC

Does the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and its accompanying regulations permit a person to recover damages against a satellite television provider for phone calls violating the national do-not-call list that were made by independent contractors of the provider and not the provider itself?  Although this issue was presented to the Sixth Circuit, the court … Continue Reading