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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

U.S. Seeks Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

By Anick Jesdanun, AP, washingtonpost.com, 10-3-19 U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses so-called end-to-end encryption, which locks up messages so that [...]

By |2019-10-04T15:35:53-04:00October 3rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on U.S. Seeks Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

Federal Court Upholds Most of FCC Internet Dereg

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 10-1-19 In a victory for ISPs, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has unanimously upheld most of the Republican-led FCC's deregulation of Internet access in the 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) order. The court said the FCC was reasonable in reclassifying [...]

By |2019-10-01T17:09:23-04:00October 1st, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Federal Court Upholds Most of FCC Internet Dereg

Third Circuit Overturns FCC’s Ownership Dereg Order

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-23-19 Washington was abuzz Monday (Sept. 23) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the FCC's most recent effort to deregulate broadcast ownership, which the FCC under various, usually Republican, chairs, has been trying to do for most of the past two decades.  The [...]

By |2019-09-24T12:58:11-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Third Circuit Overturns FCC’s Ownership Dereg Order

States Launch Antitrust Probes of Tech Companies

By Diane Bart, Reuters, 9-6-19 Two groups of U.S. state attorneys general on Friday announced separate antitrust probes of large tech companies such as Alphabet’s Google and Facebook. The first probe, led by New York and including seven other states and the District of Columbia, focuses on Facebook.  The second, announced by Texas and likely to [...]

By |2019-09-24T12:55:31-04:00September 6th, 2019|Issue Watch|Comments Off on States Launch Antitrust Probes of Tech Companies