House Republicans Tag Team on Privacy Bill Draft

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-3-21 A pair of House Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans on Tuesday (Nov. 3) unveiled a discussion draft of national privacy legislation, the Control Our Data Act, which would establish a “national privacy standard,” and they are drafting every GOP member of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee to work on [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Build Back Better Includes $1 Billion-Plus for Broadband

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-29-21 While most of the new federal money for broadband – some $65 billion – is in the infrastructure bill whose fate is tied to President Joe Biden‘s $1.7 trillion-plus Build Back Better legislative package, that package also has more than $1 billion for various better broadband building programs. [...]

By |2021-11-30T15:38:25-04:00October 29th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Build Back Better Includes $1 Billion-Plus for Broadband

Congress Bans FCC Licenses to Suspect Tech

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-28-21 In a move that is a big blow to some big tech companies, Congress has voted to ban new equipment licenses for Chinese telecoms Huawei, ZTE, and any other technology company the government concludes poses a national security threat, closing what one of the bill's sponsors called a [...]

By |2021-11-30T15:37:23-04:00October 28th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Congress Bans FCC Licenses to Suspect Tech

Netflix Says Its Algorithms Are Protected Under First Amendment

By Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News, 10-28-21 On the same week that it was reported that Netflix tweaked its search algorithms a year ago to hide French film Cuties and quash a controversy surrounding the movie, it's now been revealed that Netflix has declared that its algorithms are protected by the First Amendment. Netflix is [...]

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FCC Pulls Plug on China Telecom Americas

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-26-21 The Federal Communications Commission has voted to revoke the authority of China Telecom Americas to provide telecommunications services between the U.S. and other countries. “The commission’s public-interest analysis finds that the present and future public interest, convenience, and necessity is no longer served by China Telecom Americas’ retention [...]

By |2021-11-30T15:34:00-04:00October 26th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Pulls Plug on China Telecom Americas

Sen. Blumenthal: Facebook Chronically Ignores Internal Alarms

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-26-21 Based on new documents from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen (being dubbed “The Facebook Papers”), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), chair of the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said it was just more evidence that the social media platform has “chronically ignored serious internal alarms.” Blumenthal has called on Facebook to [...]

By |2021-11-30T15:28:13-04:00October 26th, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on Sen. Blumenthal: Facebook Chronically Ignores Internal Alarms

USDA Earmarks $1.15 Billion for Rural Broadband

By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News, 10-22-21 The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that it will make $1.15 billion in federal loans and grants available to expand high-speed Internet access in rural communities across the country through its ReConnect Program, part of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.... To be eligible for ReConnect Program [...]

By |2021-11-30T15:27:18-04:00October 22nd, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on USDA Earmarks $1.15 Billion for Rural Broadband

CTA: Tech Already Defrays FCC Costs in Big Way

By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-21-21 Computer companies are pushing back on a proposal by broadcasters to extend the user fees broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite companies pay the Federal Communications Commission to Big Tech companies that benefit from unlicensed spectrum the FCC oversees. The Consumer Technology Association responded to the National Association of [...]

By |2021-11-30T15:23:05-04:00October 21st, 2021|Issue Watch|Comments Off on CTA: Tech Already Defrays FCC Costs in Big Way
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