NCTA to FCC: More Internet of Things Spectrum Is Critical

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-2-21 Cable broadband operators said the Federal Communications Commission needs to free up more spectrum to handle the explosion of internet of things (IoT) devices, including everything from smart thermostats and locks to garage-door openers and refrigerators. The FCC sought comment on the once-and-future spectrum needs of IoT.  NCTA–The [...]

By |2021-11-17T21:46:36-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NCTA to FCC: More Internet of Things Spectrum Is Critical

House To Mark Up Communications Bills

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-1-21 The House Energy & Commerce Committee plans to mark up two communications and technology bills this week. Those would be H.R. 1281, the Data Mapping to Save Moms Act, and H.R. 2501, the Spectrum Coordination Act. House E&C Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications Subcommittee Chairman Mike [...]

By |2021-11-17T21:44:28-04:00November 1st, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on House To Mark Up Communications Bills

Senate Bill Could Free Up Billions More Broadband Bucks

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-21-21 The Senate has passed the bipartisan State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, which could free up potentially hundreds of billions more for broadband buildouts, and without any additional legislation. States got $1.9 trillion in Congress's COVID-19 rescue legislation earlier this year, [...]

By |2021-10-25T15:35:29-04:00October 21st, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Senate Bill Could Free Up Billions More Broadband Bucks

FTC Report: ISPs Engage in Troubling Data Practices

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-21-21 The FTC has concluded that ISPs are collecting and sharing more data about their customers than those customers are aware of, including Internet traffic and real-time location data, while "failing to offer consumers meaningful choices about how this data can be used." FTC Chair Lina Khan said the [...]

By |2021-10-25T15:34:41-04:00October 21st, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FTC Report: ISPs Engage in Troubling Data Practices

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 [...]

By |2021-09-15T20:53:54-04:00September 14th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Bipartisan Hill Probe Launched on Facebook Instagram Research

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|Comments Off on Names Privacy Advocate Alvaro Bedoya to FTC

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 [...]

By |2021-09-05T19:24:29-04:00September 1st, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Locast Suspends Contribution Request Interruptions

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
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