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NTIA Survey Confirms Shift Toward Online Video

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-21-19 A clear majority of viewers do at least some of their video watching online rather than, or in addition to, broadcast or cable. That is according to the analysis of 2017 numbers crunched by the Trump Administration's top communications advisory arm, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration [...]

By |2019-05-22T15:09:14-04:00May 21st, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

FCC Poised To OK T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-21-19 The reconfigured T-Mobile-Sprint deal appears to have the three votes needed to secure approval by the five-member FCC. That came after the companies volunteered a revised list of conditions that included divesting Boost Mobile, the low-cost prepaid wireless subsidiary; building out high-speed 5G wireless service to most [...]

By |2019-05-22T15:06:52-04:00May 21st, 2019|Issue Watch|0 Comments

HHS Mandates Price Disclosures on DTC Drug Ads

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-9-19 Drug companies will have to disclose the list price to patients for prescription drugs and biological products in their TV (broadcast, cable and satellite) and online ads.  That is according to a final rule published by the Department of Health and Human Services, part of the Trump [...]

By |2019-05-10T12:20:40-04:00May 9th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on HHS Mandates Price Disclosures on DTC Drug Ads

NTIA’s Redl: Days of Easy Spectrum Decisions Are Over

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-7-19 National Telecommunications & Information Administration Administrator David Redl said the country needs to change its approach to spectrum policy.  One way to do that, a new national spectrum strategy he is helping implement, should be out soon, he said this week.  But he also said another big [...]

By |2019-05-07T15:29:10-04:00May 7th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NTIA’s Redl: Days of Easy Spectrum Decisions Are Over

Sen. Hawley Blasts Social Media as Unproductive ‘Peril’

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-3-19 First-year senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who has made hammering Big Tech his signature issue, provided a Hoover Institute audience Thursday with a dystopian view of social media as an addiction that imperils its users and "sucks" the brightest minds to the coasts – abandoning flyover country – [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:13:06-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Hawley Blasts Social Media as Unproductive ‘Peril’

DOJ’s Delrahim Provides Road Map to Ad Market Review

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-2-19 Department of Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim provided a number of breadcrumbs that broadcasters and advertisers can follow on the trail to what changes DOJ may or may not make to its view of the competitive advertising market when it comes to merger reviews. Justice and the [...]

By |2019-05-06T17:13:17-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on DOJ’s Delrahim Provides Road Map to Ad Market Review

NCTA Praises Broadband Fund Coordination Effort

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-2-19 A bipartisan bill to coordinate the deployment of broadband deployment and funding to areas in need and reduce overbuilding.  NCTA-The Internet & Television Association is definitely on board. The Broadband Interagency Coordination Act is co-sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, and [...]

By |2019-05-06T18:21:45-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NCTA Praises Broadband Fund Coordination Effort

Buttigieg: Big Tech May Need Breaking Up

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-23-19 Newly minted Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (pronounced "buddah-jedge") said that antitrust law "has begun to hit its limits" with regulating Big Tech, which may need shaking up or even breaking up. He said that law "was not designed to handle some of these tech companies." Buttigieg [...]

By |2019-05-06T16:52:05-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Buttigieg: Big Tech May Need Breaking Up

House Votes To Re-Regulate Internet Access

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-10-19 The House voted Wednesday (April 10) 232 to 190 (with one Republican voting aye) to pass the Democrat-backed Save the Internet Act (HR 1644), which would restore FCC's Title II based rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization adopted under the previous, Democratic, administration, plus reinstate a [...]

By |2019-04-24T17:13:48-04:00April 10th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on House Votes To Re-Regulate Internet Access