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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

Sen. Markey Seeks To Expand Kids TV Rules to Edge

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-4-19 Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), author of the Children's Television Act,  wants to extend and expand those regulations to better cover edge providers' kid-directed content as well. He is unveiling the bill Thursday (April 4) at the Truth About Tech Conference, sponsored by Common Sense, which has been [...]

By |2019-04-04T11:40:10-04:00April 4th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Markey Seeks To Expand Kids TV Rules to Edge

Net Neutrality Bill Clears Second Hurdle After Marathon Markup

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-3-19 After over nine hours of debate, mostly failed amendments, and delays, legislation that would re-regulate internet access by reinstating the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order's Title II-based net neutrality rules is on its way to a vote in the full House next week, where it is likely [...]

By |2019-04-04T11:45:21-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Net Neutrality Bill Clears Second Hurdle After Marathon Markup

Facebook CEO Calls for Updated Internet Regulations

By Christopher Bing, Reuters, 3-30-19 Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called on Saturday for regulators to play a “more active role” in establishing rules that govern the internet, as the world’s largest social media network struggles to defuse criticism. Zuckerberg, whose company is under pressure for failing to adequately police content and protect user privacy [...]

By |2019-04-04T11:39:56-04:00March 30th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Facebook CEO Calls for Updated Internet Regulations

Trump Signs Executive Order on Free Speech on College Campuses

By Susan Svrluga, washingtonpost.com, 3-21-19 President Trump signed an executive order Thursday protecting freedom of speech on college campuses, surrounded by student activists who have said conservative views are suppressed at universities. Trump said he was taking “historic action to defend American students and American values that have been under siege.” The order does not, [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:27:44-04:00March 21st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Trump Signs Executive Order on Free Speech on College Campuses