FilmOn X Appeals Ninth Circuit Panel Decision to Full Court

FilmOn X on April 6 sought a full-court re-hearing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel of that court in March reversed a lower court decision that FilmOn X was eligible for the same compulsory license to TV programming

Spectrum Hearing Reveals Raw Wounds From Broadband Privacy Rule Rollback

The House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on wireless spectrum and the economy, but it had to wait for Democratic and Republican lawmakers to air out their grievances over the passage last week of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) reso

'Connectivity' Bills from Democratic Reps Targets 'Fake News' Retaliation

House Democrats have released a suite of "connectivity" bills April 5 that would, among other things, prevent the Federal Communications Commission from targeting broadcasters "or anyone else" on the basis of viewpoint, toughen FCC political ad di

Crowd Surrounds Nullification of FCC Privacy Rules

The nullification of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules at the stroke of the President Donald Trump's pen drew a big audience in Washington, most of them either to weigh in on one side or the other of the contentious i

FCC Votes to Reverse Charter Overbuild Condition

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to modify the Charter-Time Warner Cable deal conditions by removing the requirement that Charter overbuild a million internet access customers who could already get high-speed access from another pro

FCC Loses Fax Opt-Out Ad Ruling

The Tom Wheeler Federal Communications Commission suffered another defeat in the opt-out advertising category March 31 as a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals—in a 2-1 decision—overturned a ruling regarding faxed advertisements, saying t

Ajit Pai's Business Data Services Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to deregulate business data service (BDS) rates—credit card readers, ATMs—of incumbent carriers and not to impose potential new price regulations on competitors including cable operato

FirstNet Milestone Draws Crowd of Fans, Including White House

The Commerce Department's announcement that AT&T had been awarded the contract to build and maintain FirstNet, the interoperable broadband communications network suggested after first responder communications failures on 9/11, drew praise from

Pai to ACA: Broadband Is an 'American' Issue

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that broadband is the infrastructure challenge of our time, and he sees cable operators not as an enemy of that effort but as partners in better enabling citizens to reap the benefits of the

President Trump Exhumes Veiled Threat to Change Libel Laws

President Donald Trump has renewed his suggestion that libel laws might need to be tightened so he could pursue news outlets whose stories he feels are wrong or unjustified attacks.