John Eggerton

Groups Seek to Delay FCC Chairman Pai’s Re-confirmation

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

Media consolidation and deregulation critics are trying to prevent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai from being confirmed for a new term, tying it to what they say are continuing questions about the FCC's handling of the Sinclair/Tribune merger, plus their concerns about the merger itself.

FCC Chairman Pai to Lawmakers: Sinclair/Tribune Review Has Been By the Book

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told House Commerce Committee Democrats that there has been no inappropriate coordination between the Trump White House, Sinclair and the FCC over the Sinclair/Tribune merger -- and that there has been no pattern of preferential treatment shown Sinclair in a deal whose vetting has been by the book and on a timetable common to such transactions, including under other regimes.

American Cable Association To FCC on CAF II Auction: Simplify

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

The American Cable Association says the Federal Communications Commission has to simplify its Connect America Fund II auction framework if it wants to get the most fiscal bang for the buck.

NTIA Releases Cybersecurity Report

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has released a report on botnets, DDoS attacks and other cyber threats. The report was based on over 40 responses to NTIA's request for comments on those attacks, which was issued last June.

Democratic Reps Want FCC To Investigate Sputnik Radio Service

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), and former Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) want Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election via U.S. broadcasting.

FCC Seeks More Evidence For Sinclair/Tribune Deal Claims

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

The Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau has asked Sinclair to back up a bunch of its pledges to bring its proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune stations within the FCC's current media ownership rules, including the duopoly and national ownership cap, as well as of the benefits of the deal.

Democratic Sens Propose Toughening Antitrust Laws

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

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), joined by other Democrats concerned about consolidation, has introduced a bill that would change antitrust laws to shift the burden of proof on merging parties to prove that their merger does not harm competition.

Groups Pressure Senate to Preserve Lifeline Program

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Three dozen organizations, including Common Cause, the Communications Workers of America, and the Benton Foundation, have sent letters to individual members of the Senate asking them to preserve the Lifeline communications subsidy program from what they say are Federal Communications Commission efforts to undermine it.

Parents Television Council Urges Netflix to Toughen Parental Controls

Location:
Parents Television Council, 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States

Spurred in part by the news that T-Mobile will be giving Netflix to its subscribers (and their families) for free, the Parents Television Council is urging Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to employ content protections.

Sen Warner: Congress May Need to Rethink Cybersecurity

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

Sen Mark Warner (D-VA), co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Congress might need to rethink cybersecurity policies in the wake of a data breach of Equifax, one of the largest data brokers in the U.S.

House Packs a Lot Into Repack Hearing

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

The House Communications Subcommittee drilled into the Federal Communications Commission's post-incentive auction repack plan in a hearing that touched on everything from hurricanes and tornados to tall towers, timelines and even the Sinclair/Tribune merger, which actually drew a fair share of time and attention.

Senate Appropriations Approves Level Funding for Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Location:
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building 138, Washington, DC, 20002, United States

The Senate Appropriations Committee has provided level funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including for the Ready to Learn early childhood education program, and even $20 million in interconnection funds, according to CPB.

CCIA Warns About New Online Liability Law

Location:
Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), 900 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20006, United States

Computer companies are worried that a new bill meant to crack down on human trafficking could instead take a big bite out of the user-generated web traffic that makes up the majority of interactions on the web, from blogs to social media posts to picture-sharing.

McCarthy Named to Run Mobile Future

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

Mobile Future, a wireless advocacy group whose members include AT&T, Verizon and Qualcomm, has named Margaret McCarthy executive director. McCarthy will oversee day-to-day operations.

Former FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief LeBlanc Tapped as Privacy Shield Arbitrator

Location:
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, 575 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, United States

Travis LeBlanc, former Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau chief under Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler, has been tapped to help oversee compliance with the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

Unions Unite Against Sinclair/Tribune

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

Various unions have lined up against the Sinclair/Tribune merger, concerned, among other things, that the meld's synergies will mean job losses. Asking the Federal Communications Commission to deny the $3.9 billion merger were the Communications Workers of America, the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians and The News Guild.

NCTA Seeks Regulatory 'Guardrails' on Sinclair/Tribune

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States

NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, has stopped short of seeking outright denial of the Sinclair/Tribune merger, but it has major problems with it and suggests the Federal Communications Commission should consider disallowing new duopolies, even where they don't violate rules, and joint retransmission negotiations among commonly owned Sinclair/Tribune stations.

House Communications Subcommittee Schedules Repack Hearing for Sept 7

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

The House Commerce Committee has switched gears and will hold a Sept. 7 hearing on the post-incentive auction repack in its Communications Subcommittee.

Sinclair/Tribune Foes Remain Unmoved

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

As expected, the companies and groups that lined up to oppose or strongly criticize the proposed Sinclair/Tribune merger were not ready to bury the hatchet and sing kumbaya in response to Sinclair's vigorous defense of the deal's public interest benefits.

American Cable Association: Title II Is Costly, Harmful, & Unnecessary

Location:
American Cable Association, One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States

The American Cable Association has taken what it hopes will be a parting shot at Title II classification for its members. In its comments to the Federal Communications Commission, ACA told the FCC that Title II reclassification had been costly; harmful, particularly to its members, and unnecessary.

NCTA: Title II Fans Are Fearmongering

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States

Cable operator and broadband providers call the suggestion that Title II is essential to safeguarding the virtuous circle of investment and innovation "preposterous" and the supposed demise of openness under a Title I regime "fearmongering."

Survey: Most Verifiable FCC Comments Favor Title II Repeal

Location:
Broadband for America, Washington, DC, 20037, United States

Broadband for America – whose members include AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, CTIA – The Wireless Association, Comcast, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and USTelecom Association, representing ISPS opposed to Title II -- is telling the Federal Communications Commission that a study it commissioned found that – surprise! ...

IIA Survey Says: Public Uses 'Net as Information Service

Location:
Internet Innovation Alliance, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The Internet Innovation Alliance, a lobbying organization for AT&T and broadband plant suppliers like Alcatel-Lucent and Corning, says that a survey it commissioned concludes that consumers use the internet primarily as an information service.

Sinclair/Tribune Critics Tell FCC: No Deal

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

With reply comments due Aug 29 on Sinclair's $3.9 billion proposal to buy Tribune's TV stations, opponents of the deal do not appear to have been persuaded by Sinclair's lengthy defense of the deal's public interest benefits, which was filed at the Federal Communications Commission Aug. 22.

Court Upholds FCC Nixing of Dish-Related AWS-3 Credits

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A federal court has upheld the Federal Communications Commission's determination that Dish had de facto control over AWS-3 winning bidders SNR and Northstar.

President Trump: Media, Hollywood Goal Is to Take Us Down

Location:
The White House, Washington, 20500, United States

President Donald Trump continues to try to raise money by framing his presidency as a fight for the people against the corrupt establishment abetted by the news and entertainment media.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Revamps Website

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, United States

The House Energy & Commerce Committee unveiled its new site, complete with large graphic blocks, moving layers, and colorful icons—the Communications & Technology Subcommittee icon, for example, is, perhaps tellingly, a smart phone.

Broadband Redlining Complaint Filed Against AT&T at FCC

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

Attorney Daryl Parks has filed a formal Federal Communications Commission complaint against AT&T on behalf of three African American low-income residents of Cleveland (OH) alleging digital redlining.

FCC Posts 1.5 Million Net Neutrality Comments Since Extending Deadline

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

The pace of filings at in the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality comment docket, dubbed "Restoring Internet Freedom," by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, is showing no signs of slowing down, with still plenty of people (or bulk e-mail generators, some argue) still weighing in.

RTDNA Warns Journalists About Trump Vilification

Location:
Radio Television Digital News Association, 529 14th Street, NW The National Press Building, Washington, DC, 20045, United States

The Radio-Television Digital News Association is warning broadcasters to be careful out there following arguably President Donald Trump’s most extended attack on the news media to date.