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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 26 Mar 2020
Volume 39 : Issue 71 : "text" format

Table of contents
Home Alone
Understanding Telemarketing Law
FCC Proposes Over $200 Million In Fines To AT&T, Verizon, T- Mobile And Sprint For Not Protecting Customers' Location Data
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20200325053759.GA30183@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:37:59 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Home Alone by Philip P. Gura There's an old Yiddish saying, passed down to me from my grandparents, that is worth recalling in these uncertain and potentially infectious times: "When three people say you're drunk, go lie down in the gutter." So, when my brother the doctor (he's the smart one) texted the family last night to say about COVID-19 "go out and buy two weeks of provisions; this is going to be bad", I took heed and headed out to the store. Which brings me to work. Many of us are soon likely to be told, not asked, to work from home (WFH). I have WFH for the better part of a decade and I can tell you that it takes, well, work to keep your productivity high when the couch, TV and 'fridge are all within easy reach. I have come to love WFH and like to think I've learned a thing or two about it. It's not for everyone, so here are few hard-learned lessons for those of you new to the art. https://www.mondaq.com/Article/906484?email_access=on -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20200325052530.GA30035@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:25:30 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Understanding Telemarketing Law What is Telemarketing Law? Understanding the complexities of telemarketing law is challenging. Under federal law, telemarketing is defined as "the initiation of a telephone call or message for the purpose of encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment in, property, goods, or services, which is transmitted to any person." 47 C.F.R. =C3=82= =C2=A764.1200(f)(12). The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has deemed informational calls and messages, as well as calls and messages for non-commercial purposes, exempt from most telemarketing regulations. Complying with state and federal telemarketing law requires constant attention to the evolving regulatory and litigation landscape. https://www.mondaq.com/Article/905278?email_access=on -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20200325051649.GA29964@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:16:49 +0000 From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: FCC Proposes Over $200 Million In Fines To AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile And Sprint For Not Protecting Customers' Location Data by Ernesto Mendieta On February 28, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission proposed fines amounting to over $200 million dollars against the four largest wireless carriers in the U.S., alleging that the companies broke the law by not taking reasonable measures to protect customers' private location information and allowing third parties to have unauthorized access to it. The Communications Act requires telecommunications carriers to protect the confidentiality of certain customer data known as CPNI (Customer Proprietary Network Information), which is related to the provision of telecommunications service and includes the customer location information. The FCC's CPNI rules make clear that carriers must take reasonable measures to discover and protect against attempts to gain unauthorized access to this data. The rules also require that carriers or those acting on their behalf generally must obtain affirmative, express consent from a customer before using, disclosing, or allowing access to this data. And carriers are liable for the actions of those acting on their behalf. https://www.mondaq.com/Article/904960?email_access=on -- Bill Horne Telecom Digest Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 26 Mar 2020
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