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O’Rielly: FCC Should Axe ‘Zombie’ OTT Proceeding

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-15-19 Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said that the FCC's outstanding proposal to classify over-the-top (OTT) platforms as MVPDs is the sort of "zombie" proceeding the FCC should finally kill off. O'Rielly made that proposal in a speech to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Thursday (Nov. 14). The FCC [...]

By |2019-11-20T17:24:33-04:00November 15th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Microsoft Cites Potential ‘Catastrophe’ in Broadcaster DTS Request

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-14-19 Microsoft told the FCC this week it has issues with broadcasters' effort to extend their TV signals via distributed transmission systems (DTS). It's not the use of DTS, which the computer giant said definitely has upsides, but how broadcasters might be able to use it. The National [...]

By |2019-11-20T17:22:59-04:00November 14th, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Comprehensive House Privacy Bill Introduced

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-5-19 A pair of House Democrats have introduced a bill, H.H. 4978, the Online Privacy Act, that would create a privacy bill of rights and a new government agency to enforce those rights. Among those rights are the so-called "right to be forgotten," the right to no sharing [...]

By |2019-11-06T15:51:35-04:00November 5th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Comprehensive House Privacy Bill Introduced

FCC Officially Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 11-5-19 The FCC has issued the text of its decision approving the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. That came in the form of a Memorandum Opinion and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Order of Proposed Modification.  The FCC modified some build-out requirements on Dish spectrum as part of the [...]

By |2019-11-06T15:48:34-04:00November 5th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Officially Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

Twitter Will Ban Political Ads for Candidates, Issues

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-30-19 Twitter is banning political ads on the platform, a move that has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it laudatory. Edge providers are under pressure inside the Beltway to prevent a repeat of the kind of 2016 foreign election meddling that exploited social media platforms [...]

By |2019-10-31T17:13:48-04:00October 30th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Twitter Will Ban Political Ads for Candidates, Issues

Facebook’s Libra Won’t Launch Without U.S. Regulator Buy-In

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-23-19 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will not launch its Libra digital currency payment system anywhere in the world unless and until it gets a sign-off from U.S. regulators. That came in prepared testimony for a Senate Financial Services Committee hearing Wednesday (Oct. 23) on Facebook's [...]

By |2019-10-25T16:38:35-04:00October 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Facebook’s Libra Won’t Launch Without U.S. Regulator Buy-In

Zuckerberg Defends Allowing Misinformation in Campaign Ads

By Jessica Campisi and Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, 10-17-19 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Oct. 17 defended his company’s controversial decision of allowing politicians to post political ads with misleading or false claims on its platform, saying it’s “something we have to live with.” “People worry, and I worry deeply, too, about [...]

By |2019-10-18T14:59:16-04:00October 17th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Zuckerberg Defends Allowing Misinformation in Campaign Ads

FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-16-19 With the dissenting vote of Democrat Geoffrey Starks joining that of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel earlier in the day, the FCC has now voted 3-2 to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The Republican majority had voted earlier to approve, giving the deal the necessary votes, but the Democrats had [...]

By |2019-10-17T16:55:45-04:00October 16th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Approves T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

FCC’s Starks: Diverse Speech is Key Element of Free Speech

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-8-19 FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks says only when the FCC and the nation does more to diversify media voices can broadcasting be said to uphold its responsibilities to the First Amendment and a free press. That was the gist of his speech at The Media Institute's annual Free [...]

By |2019-10-08T13:53:56-04:00October 8th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC’s Starks: Diverse Speech is Key Element of Free Speech