John Eggerton

Government Preps for First Nationwide Wireless Alert Test on Oct 3

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first-ever nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system Oct 3, an add-on to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for TV and radio, which will get

Journalists Make Case for President Trump Interference in AT&T-Time Warner Deal

Journalists are telling a federal court that there were solid reasons to believe that President Donald Trump's animus toward CNN played a role in the Administration's attempt to block the merger of CNN parent Time Warner with AT&T and that a l

Groups Ask Court to Reject Part of FCC Incubator Program

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) are challenging the Federal Communications Commission's proposed incubator program, petitioning the US Court of Appeals f

Comcast Boosts Effort to Close Digital Divide for Veterans

Comcast's Internet Essentials broadband subsidy program was initially targeted to families with children eligible for government assistance, but it has been expanded to include low-income seniors (a pilot program in DC) and military veterans in it

Children's advocacy groups to FCC: proposed deregulation of children's TV rules could spell the end of children's programming on broadcast TV

The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and the Benton Foundation told the Federal Communications Commission that if the agency proceeds with its proposed deregulation of children's TV rules, it could spell the

DOJ Antitrust Chief Delrahim Pledges to Speed Merger Reviews

Department of Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim says he is not "unilaterally disarming" his division, but that he is taking a number of reforms to speed the merger review process.

FCC: Local Franchise Authorities Can't Regulate Broadband, Deletes Item from Sept 26 Meeting

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to confirm that a local franchise authority's (LFA) ability to regulate cable service does not extend to broadband and other non-cable services.

Reps Pallone, Rush Push Twitter for Civil Rights Audit

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Rep Bobby Rush (D-IL) pressed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to firm up his commitment to conduct a civil rights audit of his social media platform.

Free State Foundation: FCC Got Local Franchise Authority Remand Right

The Free State Foundation is hailing the Federal Communications Commission's planned Sept 26 vote on an item regarding local franchising authorities (LFAs) as important and appropriate pushback on localities trying to re-regulate internet access.

Reps DelBene, Jeffries Debut New Opt-in Privacy Bill

Reps Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) are offering up the latest legislative effort to regulate online privacy, including by requiring websites and online services to get opt-in permission for collecting and/or sharing web browsing