Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

Five regulatory fights facing tech in 2018

Here are five fights the tech world will be watching closely in 2018:

  1. Net neutrality
  2. Election transparency
  3. AT&T-Time Warner merger
  4. Cryptocurrency
  5. Sex-trafficking

Holiday Handouts: How the FCC Gave Gifts to Sinclair and Lumps of Coal for Consumers

At the end of the day, each action the Federal Communications Commission took described below has furthered Sinclair’s efforts to merge with Tribune at the expense of consumers.

Rupert Murdoch and President Trump: A Friendship of Convenience

For decades, Rupert Murdoch has used his media properties to establish a direct line to Australian and British leaders.

AT&T-Time Warner Extend Breakup Date

AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to move the breakup date for their proposed merger until Jun. 21, 2018.  Each would have been able to terminate the deal if it had not closed by Apr.

Charter promises Internet service to family—then says it’ll cost $16,000

When Chad Pierce and his family bought a new house this year, they made sure of one thing: that getting Internet service wouldn't be a problem.

AT&T is being sued by the Trump administration but is now on the president’s good side

3:04 p.m. December 20, 2017: “This just came out,” said President Donald Trump. “Two minutes ago, they handed it to me. AT&T plans to increase U.S.

Eric Schmidt to Step Down as Executive Chairman of Google Parent Alphabet

Google-parent Alphabet said Eric Schmidt will step down from his post as executive chairman in January and transition to a role as technical adviser. Schmidt, who joined Google in 2001 and served as its chief executive until 2011, also will contin

FCC Proposes to Fine Sinclair Broadcast Group Over $13 Million for Violations of Sponsorship ID Rules

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $13,376,200 fine against Sinclair Broadcast Group for apparently failing to make required disclosures in connection with programming sponsored by a third party.

Where Were Netflix and Google in the Net-Neutrality Fight?

The most recent chapter in the debate over net neutrality has been, like previous chapters, cacophonous. One notable difference this time around, though, was the relative quiet of many large tech companies.

Facebook is giving the US government more and more data

Every year, Facebook gets tens of thousands of requests for data from governments worldwide, including search warrants, subpoenas, or calls to restrict certain kinds of content. According to a new report released by the company on Dec.