Regulatory Rumblings

“Don’t Bother Us with the Facts.”

Posted: May 10, 2016 10:00am ET

“Don’t bother us with the facts.” That seems to be the message the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is sending by its recent summary denial of ANA’s and numerous other groups’ request for additional time to comment on the FCC’s sweeping Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on broadband privacy.


New Ad Tax Proposal in Oklahoma Raises Concerns

Posted: Apr 27, 2016 9:45am ET

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently proposed eliminating a number of sales tax exemptions, including the exemption for advertising, in order to resolve a potential state budget shortfall of nearly $1.3 billion for FY2017.


The FCC Is Not Thinking Outside the Set Top Box – Just Undermining its Financial Foundation

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 3:00pm ET

Today, ANA filed comments with the FCC regarding the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on expanding competition in set top boxes. The NPRM seeks to allow competitive consumer electronics manufacturers to make set top box devices and software that can provide full access to the content of multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs).


ANA Requests Extension of Time for Comments on the FCC’s CPNI NPRM

Posted: Apr 12, 2016 3:15pm ET

Today, ANA submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting an extension of time to submit comments regarding the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on privacy guidelines for broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs).


FCC Proposes New Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

Posted: Apr 1, 2016 12:15pm ET

Yesterday, splitting on party lines, the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding privacy guidelines for broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs).


The Fight Continues over Berkeley’s Cell Phone Notice Law

Posted: Mar 25, 2016 3:45pm ET

Several weeks ago, ANA filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the City of Berkeley’s ordinance forcing wireless producers and sellers to provide a point of sale public notice regarding radio frequency safety.


A Poor Prescription for Drug Pricing

Posted: Mar 18, 2016 10:45am ET

Prescription drug advertising has now been thrust forcefully into the Presidential debate.


Shaping the Future of Advertising at the 2016 ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference

Posted: Mar 3, 2016 11:15am ET

We suddenly have reached a major technological, regulatory, and legal inflection point. The legal, regulatory, and self-regulatory framework created for an analog world is struggling mightily to catch up to today’s realities. This year’s ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference will bring together industry leaders and important regulators for an in-depth look at these and many other key ...


The Increasing EU Privacy Squeeze

Posted: Feb 29, 2016 9:30am ET

Negotiators from the United States and the European Union recently reached an agreement on the new Privacy Shield data transfer pact. This agreement replaced the previously invalidated Safe Harbor agreement between the two continents.


The FCC and Internet Privacy

Posted: Feb 23, 2016 3:00pm ET

Sixty privacy and consumer advocates recently urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to become a “brawnier cop on the beat” under its Open Internet “net neutrality” Order. That Order is currently subject to strong legal challenge, with a decision widely expected this spring.