FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules for Wireless Carriers and Certain OTT Texting Apps

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules for Wireless Carriers and Certain OTT Texting Apps

Following on the heels of a voluntary commitment from the four nationwide wireless carriers to support text-to-911, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), on August 8, 2014, adopted a Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will require all wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers – i.e., over-the-top (“OTT”) text messaging applications that enable text messages to U.S. phone numbers – to enable end users to send SMS text messages to emergency service providers.

Monday Morning Regulatory Review: EPA Power Plant Litigation; NLRB Ratifies Administrative Actions; FCC Open Internet / Fast Lane Comments

Monday Morning Regulatory Review:  EPA Power Plant Litigation; NLRB Ratifies Administrative Actions; FCC Open Internet / Fast Lane Comments

The dog days of summer mean that this column is filled with many odds and few ends.  In new litigation, a dozen states sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claiming that the agency lacks authority to issue a rule that it has not yet been issued.