Bipartisan Hill Probe Launched on Facebook Instagram Research

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-14-21 A pair of powerful senators have launched a bipartisan congressional investigation into Facebook's alleged "coverup" of the impact of its platforms on teens and children, tapping a Facebook whistleblower in that effort. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate [...]

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Names Privacy Advocate Alvaro Bedoya to FTC

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-13-21 President Joe Biden has nominated Alvaro Bedoya as commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. He will replace Democratic Commissioner Rohi Chopra, who has been named to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If he is confirmed, Bedoya, who has been critical of facial recognition tech and is a [...]

By |2021-09-15T20:52:30-04:00September 13th, 2021|Issue Watch|0 Comments

Former FCC Chairs Back Reinstatement of Tax Breaks for Diversity Ownership

By George Winslow, TVTech, and TMI Staff, 9-7-21 Nine former chairs of the FCC – including Richard E. Wiley, Chairman of the Board of The Media Institute – have come out in favor of legislation that would reinstate a tax certificate program to encourage investment in TV and radio broadcast station ownership for women [...]

By |2021-09-08T17:28:06-04:00September 7th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Former FCC Chairs Back Reinstatement of Tax Breaks for Diversity Ownership

Locast Suspends Contribution Request Interruptions

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-1-21 Locast, the local TV station streaming services, said late Wednesday (Sept. 1) it was suspending interruptions to its programming, which it does to ask those who have not contributed to the service to do so. Locast has argued since its inception that it is eligible for a nonprofit [...]

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Cable Ops to FCC: Rethink ATSC 3.0 Retrans Regime

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-30-21 Cable operators want the FCC to reconsider whether broadcasters should be able to use carriage of their primary ATSC 1.0 TV station signal to leverage carriage of new ATSC 3.0 signals, as is the case under current FCC rules. That came in a meeting between NCTA representatives and [...]

By |2021-09-05T19:19:20-04:00August 30th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Cable Ops to FCC: Rethink ATSC 3.0 Retrans Regime

Apple Reaches Settlement With App Developers

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-27-21Apple said Aug. 27 that it will “clarify” that app developers don’t have to use its App store to accept payments, and will also give qualifying news outlets a cut of subscription revenue from Apple News.The tech giant said that and other changes – including boosting “rigorous journalism and a [...]

By |2021-09-05T19:17:37-04:00August 27th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Apple Reaches Settlement With App Developers

FCC Hands Out Bucks to Highest-Need Telehealth Areas

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-26-21 The Federal Communications Commission said it has approved a first tranche of 62 telehealth applications for $41.98 million in its second round of funding for COVID-19 telehealth services. In round one, the FCC allocated $200 million of CARES Act funding for 539 applications from 47 states, as well as [...]

By |2021-09-05T19:06:39-04:00August 26th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Hands Out Bucks to Highest-Need Telehealth Areas

Diverse Groups Push Local Journalism Sustainability Act

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-17-21 A diverse group of journalism organizations has called on Congress to pass the Local Journalism Sustainability Act (S. 2434). The bill would help local stations and newspapers staff up their newsrooms, citing, in part, Big Tech’s “devouring” of their local ad market. “For local and underserved communities, local [...]

By |2021-08-18T16:18:41-04:00August 17th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Diverse Groups Push Local Journalism Sustainability Act

Google to Court: We’re No More Common Carriers Than Fox News

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-16-21 Google has asked an Ohio court to dismiss a suit filed by the state’s attorney general that attempts to designate the company a common carrier. Instead, said Google, it is a publisher whose responses to user queries are “editorial decisions” protected by the First Amendment and that the [...]

By |2021-08-18T16:07:56-04:00August 16th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Google to Court: We’re No More Common Carriers Than Fox News

NAB’s Gordon Smith Urges FCC To Reverse User Fee Hike

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 8-10-21 Broadcasters are working hard to try to get the FCC to reverse course on its plans to increase their user fees, in part to pay for the better broadband maps Congress has demanded of the commission. The FCC pays for its operations through user fees -- as well [...]

By |2021-08-10T19:40:26-04:00August 10th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NAB’s Gordon Smith Urges FCC To Reverse User Fee Hike
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