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Senate Resumes Antitrust Deep Dive

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-5-21The first Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing has been scheduled in the new Congress, and look for revamping antitrust laws to rein in Big Tech to be a big part of the discussion.The bipartisan hearing, March 11 at 10 a.m., was announced jointly by Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and ranking member [...]

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Broadband Nutrition Label Bill Revived

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-5-21 Minnesota Democrat Rep. Angie Craig has revived an effort to create broadband nutrition labels. That comes as House and Senate Democrats plan to introduce legislation restoring the FCC's Open Internet Order net neutrality rules eliminated by the Republican FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai. Craig, who is a member of [...]

By |2021-03-08T20:02:32-04:00March 5th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Broadband Nutrition Label Bill Revived

Sen. Lee Praised for Re-Introducing Spectrum Valuation Bill

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-4-21 Wi-Fi fans including NCTA-The Internet & Television Association are applauding the re-introduction of the Government Spectrum Valuation Act. The bill, introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would finally mandate that the government put a value on unlicensed spectrum to the economy, rather than give it no value when relevant [...]

By |2021-03-08T19:59:47-04:00March 4th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Lee Praised for Re-Introducing Spectrum Valuation Bill

GOP Bill Would Deny Capital to Huawei, Chinese Telecoms

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-3-21 Republican Senators John Kennedy (La.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) have introduced a bill that would deny some Chinese companies access to U.S. capital markets, including some familiar names in the suspect tech category. The American Financial Markets Integrity and Security Act would ban what it calls "malign" Chinese [...]

By |2021-03-05T13:43:34-04:00March 3rd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on GOP Bill Would Deny Capital to Huawei, Chinese Telecoms

NCTA, Others Tell Congress FCC Has 3.45 GHz Auction Wrong

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-3-21 In an unusual alliance, cable operators, Google, Public Knowledge, and others have told Congress the FCC is taking the wrong approach to the upcoming 3.45 -3.55 GHz (3.45 GHz band) auction, in particular the size of the licenses it plans to auction. Congress mandated in the Consolidated Appropriations [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:23:40-04:00March 3rd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on NCTA, Others Tell Congress FCC Has 3.45 GHz Auction Wrong

Google Ad Decision Draws Feedback

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-3-21 Industry players were weighing in Wednesday (March 3) on Google's announcement that when it phases out third-party cookies, it will not try to come up with another way to identify and track browsing for the purposes of targeted advertising. “The NAI values Google’s engagement with the broader digital [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:22:51-04:00March 3rd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Google Ad Decision Draws Feedback

Hill Dems Ramp Up Net Neutrality Regulation Restoration

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-3-21 Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) will reportedly introduce legislation in the next several weeks to reinstate the Title II classification for Internet access providers as a way to restore the FCC's authority and the rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. Democrats want to use new rules to get [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:38:29-04:00March 3rd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Hill Dems Ramp Up Net Neutrality Regulation Restoration

Virginia Governor Northam Signs Privacy Law

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-2-21 Consumer Reports is celebrating Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's signing of the Consumer Data Protection Act. “This is a historic moment for privacy rights,” said CR senior policy analyst Maureen Mahoney. “Virginia is now just the second state [after California] to pass a comprehensive privacy bill. While we're pleased [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:40:09-04:00March 2nd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Virginia Governor Northam Signs Privacy Law

Biden COVID Relief Bill Has Potential $17 Billion-Plus for Broadband

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-1-21 The just-passed $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief bill (H.R. 1319) has, potentially, more than $17 billion in funding that could go to subsidize broadband, including a homeowners assistance fund states can tap to subsidize broadband for low-income residents during the pandemic. That is in addition to the $3.2 billion in [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:40:37-04:00March 1st, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Biden COVID Relief Bill Has Potential $17 Billion-Plus for Broadband

Rep. Cicciline: Big Tech Power Will Be Curbed

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 2-25-21 The head of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee made it clear  at its hearing Thursday on Big Tech "gatekeeper" platforms and antitrust that it was the  launch of a congressional effort to reign in the largest platforms. "Mark my words: Change is coming, laws are coming," said Subcommittee [...]

By |2021-02-26T19:58:04-04:00February 25th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Rep. Cicciline: Big Tech Power Will Be Curbed
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