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FCC Reauthorization Would End Media Cross-ownership Ban

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Republican Reps, who have been trying to excise the media cross-ownership ban from the Federal Communications Commission's regulatory playbook, are making that part of the draft legislation reauthorizing the FCC, according to a GOP staff memo for July 25's FCC oversight hearing.

AT&T in Early Talks With DOJ for Time Warner Approval

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States

Apparently, US antitrust officials have started talking to representatives from AT&T and Time Warner about possible conditions that could secure approval of their $85.4 billion tie-up.

Title II Fans Launch Phase II of Protest

Location:
USA, United States

The groups behind the July 12 internet Day of Action have launched "Team Internet," the next phase of their protest against the proposed reversal of the Federal Communications Commission's common carrier (Title II) classification of internet access.

AT&T, Verizon say 90 days is enough for copper retirement notices

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

AT&T and Verizon, two of the nation’s largest telecommunication companies, are making their case again to the Federal Communications Commission to shorten the copper retirement notice from 180 to 90 days.

A Review of the Internet Association’s Empirical Study on Network Neutrality and Investment

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States

In a recent paper published by the Internet Association, a trade group representing Internet edge companies, Dr. Christopher Hooton commented on my earlier work on the investment effects of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet regulations.

On Trump, transparency and democracy

Location:
Sunlight Foundation, 1818 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Over the first six months of this young presidency, President Donald Trump’s approach to the office has been characterized by self-interest, defiance of basic democratic norms, and often incoherent or self-contradictory communications and priorities.

New York Times Asks Fox for Apology After ‘Inaccurate Segment’

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

The New York Times has asked that the television show “Fox & Friends” apologize for what a Times spokeswoman described as a “malicious and inaccurate segment” that aired the week of July 17 accusing the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that had hindered the United States military’s attempt to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

Democrats call out AT&T-Time Warner deal in new messaging campaign

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Democrats singled out the AT&T-Time Warner merger in their new messaging campaign on July 24, signaling a tougher stance on policing corporate consolidation.

Sen Wyden Seeks Info on E-mail Intel Collection

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, wants to know how many "backdoor" searches of e-mails and other communications the government has conducted.

The War on the Freedom of Information Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is what enables regular people to pester powerful federal agencies into handing over information about what they’ve been up to.

Rural Groups Challenge Microsoft's Spectrum Push

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Cattlemen, wheat growers, "agri-women" and state agriculture departments are all pushing back on Microsoft's push for reserved TV spectrum channels for unlicensed use, saying broadcasting is vital to rural connections (even as Microsoft is arguing it needs the spectrum to provide rural broadband connectivity).

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