John Castle advises clients on a range of telecommunications-related regulatory, compliance, policy, and transactional issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
John brings diverse industry knowledge to his practice, drawing from his previous experience assisting wireline, wireless, and satellite clients on a variety of issues at a boutique telecommunications law firm. He counseled his clients on topics including universal service (e-rate, lifeline, contribution obligations), 911, special access, disability access, foreign ownership, and transaction approval. John also served as a legal fellow in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau and, while in law school, interned in the agency's Media and International Bureaus.
John graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as the technology editor of the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology and participated in both the Virginia Law Pro Bono Program and the school's First Amendment Clinic.
The US courts of appeals increasingly agree on how to interpret the definition of 'automatic telephone dialling system' under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. A unanimous Seventh Circuit panel recently refused to revise a putative class action after concluding that the dialling system used did not qualify as an autodialer. Like recent Eleventh Circuit and Third Circuit decisions, the Seventh Circuit held that an autodialer must use a random or sequential number generator to either store or produce numbers.
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed the Consumer Call Protection Act 2019 to address the rise in deceptive robocalls and protect consumers from fraudulent calls. The act requires telecoms service providers to implement secure telephony identity revisited (STIR) and secure handling of asserted information using tokens (SHAKEN) protocols by 1 January 2021 and is the latest in a series of ongoing efforts to promote STIR/SHAKEN or similar call authentication frameworks.