Cecilia Kang

To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

Microsoft will harness the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online.

AT&T’s Blockbuster Deal for Time Warner Hangs in Limbo

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

The small army of career antitrust officials is marching toward a great unknown. For one thing, the Justice Department officials still don’t have a boss who will have the final say on whether to approve or block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner.

What’s at Stake in the Discussions Between Comcast, Charter and Sprint

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States

The real disruption may be how Sprint’s negotiations with the cable companies put a potential merger with T-Mobile USA in limbo.

TV Station Owners Rush to Seize on Relaxed FCC Rules

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

“The [Federal Communications Commission] has basically said: ‘Game on. We’re going to let you consolidate further than anyone had imagined.’"

How Trump’s Pick for Top Antitrust Cop, Makan Delrahim, May Shape Competition

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Makan Delrahim, the nominee for chief antitrust cop at the Justice Department, will have his confirmation hearing April 26.

AT&T’s Words on Time Warner Deal Say ‘Underdog.’ Its Actions Speak Otherwise.

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

In Washington (DC), AT&T has painted itself as an underdog that needs to merge with Time Warner in a blockbuster $85 billion deal to compete with powerful cable companies. But in several cities and states, AT&T’s actions send a different message.

Chairman Pai Moves to Roll Back Telecom Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is taking the next steps to unwind Obama-era rules and other regulatory efforts that had restricted the abilities of telecommunication companies and broadcasters.

At FCC, Obama-Era Rules on Chopping Block

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

When Congress voted to overturn internet privacy rules in March, the swift action by Republican lawmakers sent a clear message: They were just getting started. The next target is network neutrality, which is the guarantee that all internet content is equally accessible.

Congress Moves to Overturn Obama-Era Online Privacy Rules

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
5

Congress completed its overturning of the nation’s strongest internet privacy protections for individuals in a victory for telecommunications companies, which can track and sell a customer’s online information with greater ease. In a 215-to-205 vote largely along party lines, House Republicans moved to dismantle rules created by the Federal Communications Commission in October.

President Trump Appoints One of His Lawyers to Review Mergers

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump named Makan Delrahim, a former government antitrust enforcer and corporate lobbyist, to lead the Justice Department’s review of mergers and acquisitions.

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.

Tech Policy, Too, Is Undergoing a Sea Change

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
2

Tech policy has undergone a huge change under President Donald Trump, but it doesn’t seem that a lot of the changes are getting much attention, considering everything else the administration is doing.

How Tech Policies May Evolve Under Republicans and Trump

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD).

Trump’s FCC Quickly Targets Net Neutrality Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

In his first days as President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai has aggressively moved to roll back consumer protection regulations created during the Obama presidency.

In Washington Pizzeria Attack, Fake News Brought Real Guns

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Edgar M. Welch, a 28-year-old father of two from Salisbury (NC) recently read online that Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in northwest Washington, was harboring young children as sex slaves as part of a child-abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton. The articles making those allegations were widespread across the web, appearing on sites including Facebook and Twitter. Apparently concerned, Welch drove about six hours from his home to Comet Ping Pong to see the situation for himself, according to court documents. Not long after arriving at the pizzeria, the police said, he fired from an assault-like AR-15 rifle.

Future of Big Mergers Under Trump? Like Much Else, It’s Unclear

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Deal makers took notice in Oct when Donald Trump declared that he would seek to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner on the grounds that it would radically concentrate power in too few companies. But after an initial period of turmoil, deal advisers say that it is unclear whether a Trump administration — led by an avowedly pro-business real estate mogul — would really make life difficult for mega-mergers

Trump Expected to Seek Deep Cuts in Business Regulations

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Hours after Donald J. Trump won the race for the White House, scores of regulations that have reshaped corporate America in the last eight years suddenly seemed vulnerable. While many questions remain about how President-elect Trump will govern, a consensus emerged in many circles in Washington and on Wall Street about at least one aspect of his impending presidency: President-elect Trump is likely to seek vast cuts in regulations across the banking, health care and energy industries.

One Last Growl for FCC’s Sharp-Toothed Watchdog, Tom Wheeler

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

As Tom Wheeler enters his last few months as head of the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama Administration, he has turned early supporters into foes and invited an expensive lobbying battle that may stymie a last-ditch pursuit of regulations that starts on Oct 27, including voting on a proposal for broadband privacy protections.

AT&T Set to Lobby for Merger With Deep Pockets and a Big Network

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
4

AT&T, in addition to its billions of dollars of capital, has another arsenal at its disposal: one of the most formidable lobbying operations in Washington. The company’s list of nearly 100 registered lobbyists already on retainer in 2016 includes former members of Congress.

Regulatory Microscope Lies Ahead for AT&T and Time Warner

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
2

A cable and internet provider decides to buy an entertainment conglomerate. The merger is met with skepticism by industry analysts and outrage by consumer groups, who complain that it would thwart competition, create unfair pricing and incite more media consolidation. That was 2009, when the cable giant Comcast announced it would acquire NBC Universal. When the next administration in Washington takes up the $85.4 billion deal between AT&T and Time Warner, the Comcast acquisition will be used as the lens to examine the changing media landscape.

Free Broadband Initiatives for Poor and Rural Areas, With Eye on Future

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

There is an axiom in technology: New products typically go to wealthy customers first, before prices eventually fall to reach the masses. With broadband now classified as a utility, telecommunication and tech companies including Sprint, Comcast and Facebook are increasingly working to make high-speed Internet accessible to every American, not just a luxury.

A Choice Beyond Cable Box Rentals? It May Hinge on a Swing Voter

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

When the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan that would free people from having to rent cable set-top boxes, the cable and television industries balked and lobbied hard to forestall the proposal. But it turns out the biggest threat to the plan, which the FCC is expected to vote on Sept 29, is a low-profile Democratic commissioner within the agency itself, Jessica Rosenworcel.

Ted Cruz Fights Internet Directory’s Transfer; Techies Say He Just Doesn’t Get It

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who once led a government shutdown in his efforts to defund President Obama’s health care law, has turned his sights on a more obscure target: the federal government’s plan to end its oversight of the internet’s master directory of website addresses.

Broadband Law Could Force Rural Residents Off Information Superhighway

Location:
Wilson, NC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld restrictive laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that will halt the growth of municipal broadband networks. While the decision directly affects only those two states, it has cast a shadow over dozens of city-run broadband projects started nationwide in recent years to help solve the digital divide.

How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A look at a trend unfolding in hard-to-reach rural spots nationwide. Local power companies are more often the broadband suppliers — and to bring the service, they are borrowing techniques and infrastructure used to electrify the United States nearly a century ago.

A Conversation With Cablevision’s New Owner

Location:
Altice SA, 3 boulevard Royal, Luxembourg, L-2449, Luxembourg
Recommendation:
2

A Q&A with Dexter Goei, chairman and chief executive of Altice USA.

Network Neutrality Rules Upheld by Federal Court

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
4

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, handing the FCC a major victory in its efforts to step up oversight of cable and telephone companies that provide broadband service.

Cable Industry Mobilizes Lobbying Army to Block FCC Moves

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cable industry lobbyists also helped gather the 60 signatures on the set-top-box letter; nearly all of the lawmakers who signed count cable and telecom companies as top campaign donors, according to federal disclosures.

Cable Industry Mobilizes Lobbying Army to Block FCC Moves

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The behind-the-scenes activity by cable companies and their industry groups is part of the biggest lobbying push by the $115 billion industry in Washington since 2009, when the government drew up its net neutrality rules. These days, the cable and telecom industries are hiring more lobbyists, issuing warnings that they may sue federal agencies, and making speeches and writing scathing blog posts about policymakers. The trigger? A string of proposed regulations by the FCC that has left cable companies feeling besieged.

The Challenges of Closing the Digital Divide

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
4

A Q&A with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission.