Broadcasting&Cable

Broadcasters Seek Consumer Group Help In Retransmission Fight

Broadcasters are hoping to enlist consumer groups in battling cable operators over what broadcaster group TVfreedom.org is calling abusive pay TV practices.

Comcast/TWC Critics Unappeased By Charter Swap

“We’ve known from the day that the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal was announced that Comcast intended to divest some subscribers, so this doesn’t change anything,” said Sen Al Franken (D-MN).

Analyst Sees Station Mergers Affecting Reverse Compensation

The wave of TV station consolidation that is driven in part to extract larger retransmission payments from cable and satellite operators, might also help broadcasters push back against network demands for reverse retransmission payments.

CTIA: NTIA Should Get Out Of Spectrum Management Business

Wireless companies told the House Commerce Committee that the National Telecommunications & Information Administration should get out of the spectrum management business.

Rep Blackburn To FCC: Do Cost/Benefit Analysis of Net Neutrality Rules

Rep Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a longtime critic of the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules, is no fan of the commission's latest effort to come up with legally sustainable open Internet enforcement.

AT&T, FCC Trying to Work Out Aggregation Item Issues

AT&T has indicated that how the Federal Communications Commission structures the broadcast incentive auction could affect whether or not it participates, but it appears still to be trying to work it out with the commission.

FCC OKs Nexstar Purchase of Hoak Stations

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of three Hoak Media stations in Colorado to Nexstar.

FCC Chairman Wheeler: FCC Will Respond to Broadcaster Repacking Concerns

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he has heard and will respond to concerns from Sinclair and other broadcasters about repacking issues after the incentive auctions.

Half of All Americans 55-Plus Own Smartphones

Nielsen is reporting that 51% of all adults over the age of 55 in the US owned smartphones in the first quarter of 2014, up 10% in the first quarter of 2013.

CDD Takes Issue With iKeepSafe

The Center for Digital Democracy has asked the Federal Trade Commission to reject the application of iKeepSafe to run a safe harbor program for companies that want to demonstrate their compliance with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act restr