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President Biden Praises AT&T, Verizon Delay of 5G in C-Band

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-4-22 President Joe Biden on Tuesday (Jan. 4) praised stakeholders – including FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel – for the agreement by AT&T and Verizon Communications to delay their rollout of 5G wireless service in the C-band spectrum from January 5 to January 19. But he also suggested there could [...]

By |2022-01-05T15:40:56-04:00January 4th, 2022|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Gigi Sohn Nomination Endorsed By Ex-FCC Homeland Security Chiefs

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-4-22 Three former chiefs of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau – including two former top military officers – have expressed their strong endorsement of Gigi Sohn as the regulator’s fifth commissioner. Those ringing endorsements came in letters this week to the chair and ranking [...]

By |2022-01-05T15:43:48-04:00January 4th, 2022|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Republicans Press Biden Administration on Oversight of Broadband Billions

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-23-21 Republican congressional leaders have reached out to key Biden Administration agencies to make sure the billions of dollars in various broadband subsidy programs created by Congress goes to areas unserved by broadband, particularly rural areas, rather than to “duplicative and wasteful subsidized overbuilding.” The definition of “access" is [...]

By |2022-01-05T15:44:44-04:00December 23rd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Republicans Press Biden Administration on Oversight of Broadband Billions

FTC Ponders Rules on Data Privacy, Security, Algorithms

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-17-21 The Federal Trade Commission has been almost exclusively an enforcement agency, but under new chair Lina Khan it is looking at coming up with new rules to address what Khan calls “lax security practices, data privacy abuses, and algorithmic decisionmaking that may result in unlawful discrimination.” That is [...]

By |2021-12-20T14:48:23-04:00December 17th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FTC Ponders Rules on Data Privacy, Security, Algorithms

Keith Murphy of ViacomCBS Joins Media Institute Board

FOR RELEASE: December 17, 2021 Contact: Richard T. Kaplar The Media Institute 703-243-5700 Arlington, Va., December 17, 2021 – Keith R. Murphy, senior vice president for government relations and regulatory counsel for ViacomCBS Inc., has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Media Institute, it was announced today by Institute President Richard T. [...]

By |2021-12-17T01:27:53-04:00December 17th, 2021|Press Releases|Comments Off on Keith Murphy of ViacomCBS Joins Media Institute Board

Rosenworcel Opposes Calls To Use FCC To Remove Fox News, Newsmax, Others

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-16-21 Federal Communications Chair Jessica Rosenworcel made it clear to Republican lawmakers before her successful confirmation vote (68 to 31) earlier this month to a new, five-year term that she did not support efforts by “some liberal organizations” to remove conservative cable channels from their lineups or for the [...]

By |2022-01-06T12:39:27-04:00December 16th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Rosenworcel Opposes Calls To Use FCC To Remove Fox News, Newsmax, Others

Sohn Has Issues with Net Neutrality General Conduct Standard

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-15-21 FCC Democratic nominee Gigi Sohn signaled to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that she would be no slam dunk vote for restoring the FCC’s vague “general conduct standard” if chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel tees up restoration of the FCC's open internet rules as expected. Under former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, [...]

By |2021-12-20T14:47:36-04:00December 15th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sohn Has Issues with Net Neutrality General Conduct Standard

Sen. Cantwell Seeks FTC Investigation of Facebook Ad Policies

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-9-21 Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has called on Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan to immediately launch an investigation of “recent revelations and public documentation” that it had misled advertisers and the public in making claims about the “brand safety” and reach of its ads, which she said would [...]

By |2022-01-06T12:38:32-04:00December 9th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Cantwell Seeks FTC Investigation of Facebook Ad Policies

White House Promotes Democratizing Impact of Broadband Investment

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-8-21 President Biden is promoting broadband investment as one of the ways his administration is strengthening American democracy. The White House issued a fact sheet Wednesday outlining all the things his team has done to advance those values “against the backdrop of a rise in authoritarianism and increasing threats [...]

By |2022-01-06T12:37:28-04:00December 8th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on White House Promotes Democratizing Impact of Broadband Investment

Senate Confirms Rosenworcel Nomination

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 12-8-21 It’s official. The Senate has voted to confirm Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to a new, five-year term on the commission, her third term but first as chair – President Joe Biden designated her chair Oct. 26 after she had been acting chair since January. The vote [...]

By |2022-01-06T12:36:11-04:00December 8th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Senate Confirms Rosenworcel Nomination
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