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Senate Passage of Sweeping Copyright Bill Would Touch Radio

By InsideRadio, insideradio.com, 9-19-18 A sweeping update to federal music licensing law, including changes that could impact how much radio pays to songwriters in the future, cleared a significant hurdle late Tuesday.  In a unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved the Music Modernization Act (S. 2823) leading to a chorus of celebration in the music [...]

By |2018-09-19T17:01:11+00:00September 19th, 2018|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Justice Department Warns Tech Companies as Facebook and Twitter Defend Themselves in Congress

By Craig Timberg, Tony Romm, Devlin Barrett, and Brian Fung, washingtonpost.com, 9-5-18 The Justice Department warned on Wednesday that leading technology companies may be “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas” and hurting competition, an ominous development for an industry already under fire from Capitol Hill, President Trump and a range of conservative critics. The [...]

By |2018-09-06T10:45:21+00:00September 5th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Justice Department Warns Tech Companies as Facebook and Twitter Defend Themselves in Congress

California Lawmakers Vote To Pass Toughest Net Neutrality Law in the Nation

By Brian Fung, washingtonpost.com, 8-31-18 California lawmakers rallied enough votes Friday to pass the nation’s toughest net neutrality law to prevent Internet providers from favoring certain websites, setting up a fight with federal regulators who voted last year to erase such rules. If Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the law in the coming weeks, California [...]

By |2018-09-04T16:06:47+00:00August 31st, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on California Lawmakers Vote To Pass Toughest Net Neutrality Law in the Nation

Google Denies Trump Charge It Rigs ‘Trump News’ Searches

By Darlene Superville and Barbara Ortutay, AP, washingtonpost.com, 8-29-18 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is accusing Google and other U.S. tech companies of rigging search results about him “so that almost all stories & news is BAD” – and though he is offering no evidence, a top adviser says the White House is “taking a [...]

By |2018-09-04T15:57:52+00:00August 29th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Google Denies Trump Charge It Rigs ‘Trump News’ Searches

DOJ Maps Out Plan for AT&T-Time Warner Appeal

By Michael Farrell, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-6-18 The U.S. Department of Justice has given a heads up on its plans to appeal the June U.S. District Court decision that paved the way for completion of AT&T’s $108.7 billion merger with Time Warner, claiming in a court filing that the presiding judge in that case [...]

By |2018-08-13T13:21:56+00:00August 6th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on DOJ Maps Out Plan for AT&T-Time Warner Appeal

Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Net-Neutrality Challenge

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-1-18 The battle lines are drawn in the fight over net neutrality, at least in terms of the court schedule for filing briefs on both sides of the issue, and it looks like there will be no decision until sometime in 2019. That is according to the U.S. [...]

By |2018-08-09T13:26:02+00:00August 1st, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Court Sets Briefing Schedule for Net-Neutrality Challenge

D.C. Transit System Can Bar Religious Ads, Appeals Court Rules

By Ann E. Marimow, washingtonpost.com, 7-31-18 The Washington region’s transit system can bar religious messages on its buses and trains and in its stations, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday as it upheld Metro’s policy prohibiting issue-oriented advertisements. The ruling in Metro’s favor from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [...]

By |2018-08-01T12:29:57+00:00July 31st, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on D.C. Transit System Can Bar Religious Ads, Appeals Court Rules

Court Rejects Petition To Reverse FCC’s UHF Discount

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-25-18 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has declined to overturn the FCC's restoration of the UHF discount on the grounds that the parties challenging it – Free Press, Prometheus Radio – did not have standing to bring the challenge. That could be a big [...]

By |2018-07-26T11:02:48+00:00July 25th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Court Rejects Petition To Reverse FCC’s UHF Discount

FCC Launches KidVid Revamp

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 7-12-18 A politically divided FCC has voted 3-1 to launch a revamp of its children's television rules. Those are the 1996 rules that implement the Children's Television Act, which obligated TV stations to air educational and informational children's TV programming. The FCC is proposing to eliminate the requirements [...]

By |2018-07-17T15:43:38+00:00July 13th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Launches KidVid Revamp

Conservative Groups Push for Loosening Kids TV Mandates

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-29-18 Limited-government groups want the FCC to limit the mandates in its enforcement of children's programming legislation dating from the early 1990s, while a prominent kids TV group sees it slightly differently, while agreeing changes are needed. The FCC is tentatively proposing to eliminate a number of children's TV [...]

By |2018-07-03T13:47:40+00:00June 29th, 2018|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Conservative Groups Push for Loosening Kids TV Mandates