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FCC's Pai Rescinds Lifeline Eligibilities

New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai revoked Lifeline service provision eligibility and accompanying streamlined treatment, citing a National Tribal Telecommunications Association petition to reverse the eligibility on some of t

FCC Media Bureau Sets Aside Political File Complaint Decisions

The Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau set aside its actions on political file complaints involving a host of TV stations, saying they were more appropriately handled at the bureau level.

American Cable Association to FCC: Keep Local Ownership Caps

The American Cable Association has filed an opposition to broadcasters' request that the Federal Communications Commission reconsider its decision in the Quadrennial ownership rule review to retain local ownership limits on broadcast stations, say

Chairman Wheeler: Successful Spectrum Auction is Assured

The successful completion of the final stage rule was a going-away present of sorts for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who exits Jan 20.

Cable One to Buy NewWave for $735M

Cable One said it has agreed to purchase mid-sized cable operator NewWave Communications from private equity group GTCR for $735 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.

Reactions to Rep Doyle as House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) was hearing the applause around DC after he was named the new ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee.

CPJ, Sen Klobuchar Push AG Nominee to Support Journalist Protections

The Committee to Protect journalists is calling on Attorney General nominee Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to commit to support guidelines that make it harder for the Justice Department to subpoena journalists' records.

Verizon Touts Progress on Next-Gen FTTP

Verizon said it has reached a technical milestone for NG-PON2, a next-gen fiber-to-the-premises platform capable of supporting up to 40 Gbps of capacity, after wrapping up an interoperability lab trial.

E-Mail Privacy Bill Re-Introduced

A bipartisan House contingent has re-introduced the Email Privacy Act, a bill that would require law enforcement to get a warrant before law enforcement could access Internet service provider's digital records, such as e-mails and texts.

American Television Allinace Renews Push for Retransmission Reform

The Federal Communications Commission under Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler declined to undertake retransmission consent reform, but the American Television Alliance appears to be looking for a new view from the new Administration.