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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Ninth Circuit Upholds Immunity for Telecoms

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By J. Bradford Currier and Marty Stern A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of thirty-three claims against telecom companies that had assisted government agencies with warrantless eavesdropping in connection with a post-9/11 surveillance program. In a 2008 amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA),… Continue Reading

First White Spaces Database and Device Approved by FCC

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By J. Bradford Currier, Marc Martin, and Marty Stern In a move that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called “an important step towards enabling a new wave of wireless innovation,” the FCC approved the first-ever television White Spaces database and compatible device. Spectrum Bridge will operate the new White Spaces database and is authorized to begin service… Continue Reading