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FCC Chief Rosenworcel Open to Beefing Up Agency’s Power Over Retrans Disputes

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-15-22 FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has told Congress she would welcome the chance to work with it to better protect consumers during retransmission-consent disputes, a point she has made before in discussing retrans-related blackouts. She expressed her view in a letter to Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, whose members had [...]

By |2022-11-17T19:26:47-04:00November 15th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Chief Rosenworcel Open to Beefing Up Agency’s Power Over Retrans Disputes

Big Tech Seeks Supreme Court Review of Online ‘Must-Carry’ Law

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-24-22 Computer companies and edge providers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of whether state governments can impose what the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is branding must-carry for online platforms and a “road map” for those wishing to fill the Internet [...]

By |2022-10-25T19:45:29-04:00October 24th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Big Tech Seeks Supreme Court Review of Online ‘Must-Carry’ Law

N.Y. Governor, Attorney General Seek New Social Media Restrictions

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-18-22 Invoking YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, Twitch, and others, as well as fringe site 4chan, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James are calling for a government crackdown on online platforms, saying they contributed to the Buffalo mass shooting that left 10 dead and three injured. [...]

By |2022-10-25T19:45:17-04:00October 18th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on N.Y. Governor, Attorney General Seek New Social Media Restrictions

DOJ’s Jonathan Kanter: Big Tech Is a Mole That Needs Antitrust Whacking

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-19-22 Big Tech is a threat to liberty and a big mole that needs whacking, a la the arcade game where the object is to bash as many of them on the head as possible.  That was the message of the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in a fiery speech [...]

By |2022-09-23T11:14:04-04:00September 19th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on DOJ’s Jonathan Kanter: Big Tech Is a Mole That Needs Antitrust Whacking

Court: Texas Content Moderation Law Can Go Into Effect

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-16-22 In a loss for Big Tech and its ad base, a federal appeals court has concluded that corporations do not have a “freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say,” and so has paved the way for a Texas law (HB 20) that restricts how social media [...]

By |2022-09-23T11:15:53-04:00September 16th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Court: Texas Content Moderation Law Can Go Into Effect

FTC Schedules Online Forum on Proposed Online Ad Rules

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-17-22 The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a public forum on its proposed rulemaking targeting what it calls “commercial surveillance and data security practices that harm consumers and competition,” by which it means, among other things, data collection for online targeted advertising. The September 8 forum will be virtual [...]

By |2022-08-19T19:19:11-04:00August 17th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FTC Schedules Online Forum on Proposed Online Ad Rules

FTC Signals Rules Targeting ‘Commercial Surveillance’

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-11-22 The Federal Trade Commission has signaled it could impose new rules on “commercial surveillance,” by which it means “the business of collecting, analyzing and profiting from information about people.” Such rules have obvious implications for the targeted online advertising that undergirds the free content model. The FTC Advance [...]

By |2022-08-19T15:35:57-04:00August 11th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FTC Signals Rules Targeting ‘Commercial Surveillance’

NCTA: FCC Must Maintain TV Simulcast Mandate

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-11-22 Cable operators are telling the FCC that it should continue to require broadcasters transitioning to ATSC 3.0 to deliver a signal in the current ATSC 1.0 standard, and that the programming on that signal must still be substantially similar to their ATSC 3.0 signal. The FCC sought input [...]

By |2022-08-19T15:25:36-04:00August 11th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NCTA: FCC Must Maintain TV Simulcast Mandate

Jessica Rosenworcel: FCC Has Authority To Adopt Net Neutrality Rules

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 7-29-22 FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel says she is all for the Net Neutrality and Broadband Justice Act, which would reclassify Internet access as a Title II telecommunications service and return the FCC’s authority to impose net neutrality rules. That authority went away in 2017 when the FCC under then [...]

By |2022-08-02T17:15:47-04:00July 29th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Jessica Rosenworcel: FCC Has Authority To Adopt Net Neutrality Rules
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