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States Launch Antitrust Probes of Tech Companies

By Diane Bart, Reuters, 9-6-19 Two groups of U.S. state attorneys general on Friday announced separate antitrust probes of large tech companies such as Alphabet’s Google and Facebook. The first probe, led by New York and including seven other states and the District of Columbia, focuses on Facebook.  The second, announced by Texas and likely to [...]

By |2019-09-09T16:20:48-04:00September 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Pai Proposes More Broadcast Reg Whacking

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-5-19 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing to "modernize" more media ownership rules at the FCC's September meeting, according to Pai, who has periodically taken out the regulatory weed whacker he promised to clear out some bureaucratic underbrush. The commission is scheduled to issue a tentative agenda Sept. [...]

By |2019-09-05T17:20:34-04:00September 5th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

YouTube Paying $170M Fine To Settle Kids Privacy Complaint

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-4-19 Turns out YouTube and parent Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations it violated children's privacy laws, the largest-ever fine for such a violation, with the government saying that YouTube does indeed contain child-directed content. That is according to the Federal Trade Commission on Sept. 4. [...]

By |2019-09-05T17:18:41-04:00September 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

FCC KidVid Changes Kick In Sept. 16

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-4-19 The FCC's new KidVid rule revamp takes effect Sept. 16, the FCC said this week, except for the reporting requirements that must still get approval from the Office of Management and Budget. The effective date was 30 days after the rule changes – adopted in July – [...]

By |2019-09-05T17:18:15-04:00September 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

FTC Revises Broadband Privacy Requests

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-3-19 The Federal Trade Commission has revised and refined its list of broadband companies it is collecting info from related to their online privacy practices. Back in March, the FTC announced it was studying how broadband companies "collect, retain, use, and disclose information about consumers and their devices." [...]

By |2019-09-05T17:17:24-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

ESA: Video Games Not To Blame for Gun Violence

By Alex Gangitano, TheHill.com, 8-6-19 The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the $43.4-billion U.S. video game industry, pushed back on attempts to connect games with gun violence. “More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games, and billions of people play video games worldwide.  Yet other societies, where video games are played as avidly, do not contend with the [...]

By |2019-08-07T16:55:11-04:00August 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on ESA: Video Games Not To Blame for Gun Violence

Microsoft to FCC: Don’t Let Broadcasters Retain Adjacent Channel

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-6-19 While Microsoft and broadcasters have come to some meeting of the minds on use of the so-called "white spaces" between TV channels for unlicensed broadband use, the computer company remains opposed to broadcasters retaining the first channel adjacent to a TV station's channel as a buffer between [...]

By |2019-08-06T16:40:56-04:00August 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Microsoft to FCC: Don’t Let Broadcasters Retain Adjacent Channel

GateHouse Media and Gannett To Merge

By Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 8-5-19 GateHouse Media's owner and Gannett have agreed to merge in a deal aimed at cutting overlapping costs and enabling the combined company to pursue a digital transformation as the media industry grapples with the disruptive forces of online news, social media and smartphones. New Media Investment Group said Monday that [...]

By |2019-08-05T19:30:54-04:00August 5th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on GateHouse Media and Gannett To Merge

Texas Joins T-Mobile-Sprint Suit

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-2-19 Texas has joined a state effort to block the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, which the Department of Justice and a handful of other AGs' have agreed not to block given conditions the companies have agreed to. Those include spinning off pre-paid wireless operator Boost Mobile to Sprint in hopes [...]

By |2019-08-05T17:28:13-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Texas Joins T-Mobile-Sprint Suit

Public Interest Scrutiny for Big Tech?

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 8-1-19 National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith said the government should start applying a public interest standard to Google and Facebook and other Big Tech titans. That was in an interview for C-SPAN's Communicators series with  C-SPAN's Peter Slen and Paul Kirby, senior editor at TRDaily and [...]

By |2019-08-05T18:08:21-04:00August 1st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Public Interest Scrutiny for Big Tech?