Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

Ion, Others to FCC: 50% Ownership Cap Solution Is Too Weak

Ion, Trinity and Univision have weighed in at the Federal Communications Commission with supplemental evidence for what they argue is the need to roll back the FCC's 39 percent cap on a TV station group's national audience reach, and preferably al

Commerce Dept Lifts Ban on US Suppliers Selling to Chinese Firm ZTE

ZTE Corp can resume business with its US suppliers, the Commerce Department said July 13, after the Chinese telecommunications giant met the conditions of a deal President Donald Trump made to save the company.

Free Press Debunks Broadcast Industry Claims in New Filing Against Sinclair’s Proposed Mega-Merger

Free Press responded to filings by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Media, 21st Century Fox and Fox Television Stations, calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject Sinclair’s proposed takeover of Tribune.

FCC wants to relax kids' TV rules for the Netflix era

The Federal Communications Commission has begun the process of loosening requirements for children's TV programming, arguing that the old rules aren't needed in the era of kids-focused apps and streaming services.  When it comes to kids' content,

Why the AT&T and Time Warner merger appeal matters — and why it’s a long shot

The Department of Justice (DOJ) appeal of the AT&T-Time Warner decision doesn’t have any immediate effects on the company's plans since the DOJ didn’t ask for a legal stay while it filed its appeal.

The Battle Between Comcast and Disney Has Moved to London. This Rule Is Why.

Twenty-First Century Fox finally got clearance on July 12 from Britain’s culture secretary to pursue its takeover of Sky, after 18 months of trying.

Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility

Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression. These issues heighten responsibility for tech companies that create these products.

Justice Department to appeal its loss in the AT&T-Time Warner trial

The Justice Department filed an appeal challenging its loss in the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust trial.

Under Assault

US District Court Judge Richard Leon’s decision to approve the AT&T-TimeWarner merger was a horse-and-buggy decision utterly blind to the realities of the twenty-first-century economy. His magnum opus means that one of the largest internet ser

FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for August 2018 Open Meeting

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the August Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 2018: