Multichannel News

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.

Broadcast-Only Homes See Big Rise: Study

Location:
USA, United States

The number of broadcast-only TV homes has increased 41%, to 15.8 million, in the last five years, according to a Nielsen study commissioned by ION Media, a significant holder of full-power UHF broadcast spectrum.

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! ...

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.

FCC Commissioner O'Rielly: Trump Characterization of Protests Was Wrong

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

Commissioner Michael O'Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission says President Donald Trump was wrong to suggest there were some fine people amongst the racist and neo-Nazi protestors who sparked violence in Charlottesville (VA), and said he was "astounded" by the President's press conference on Aug 16.

ISP, Edge Groups Talk Network Neutrality Legislation

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

Apparently, House Commerce Committee Republican leadership got together, both in person and by phone, with the major trade associations on both sides of the network neutrality issue August 7 in a series of meeting throughout the day to discuss possible legislative pathways to clarifying the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality authority.

Diverse Groups, Including ACA, Combine to Oppose Sinclair-Tribune

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

A diverse group of associations, including the American Cable Association, as well as media consolidation opponents and conservative news outlets, are getting together to formally oppose the merger of Sinclair and Tribune, which would result in the nation's largest broadcast TV group.

Rep Eshoo to Keynote INCOMPAS Show Oct 15-17

Location:
INCOMPAS, 1200 G St. NW (formerly COMPTEL), Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) will deliver the keynote speech at the INCOMPAS Show Oct. 15-17 in San Francisco (CA). Rep Eshoo represents Silicon Valley and INCOMPAS members comprise some major edge players, including Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Netflix, as well as competitive carriers.

Foundation Launched To Promote Content Diversity

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

A diverse group of stakeholders is launching a new foundation to help diverse content creators find distribution. The Creative Thread Foundation is billed as a "a non-profit organization focused on breaking down barriers of entry for underrepresented content creators and those working behind the scenes in media and entertainment."

FTC Commissioner McSweeny to FCC: FTC's Consumer Protection Authority Insufficient to Discipline ISPs

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Federal Trade Commission member Terrell McSweeny has doubts that the agency's consumer protection authority is sufficient to discipline the actions of broadband internet access service (BIAS) providers if Title II is rolled back and the FTC regains BIAS oversight.

Fight for the Future Turns Focus on the Hill

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States

With the Internet Day of Action targeting the Federal Communications Commission now receding in the rearview mirror, organizer Fight for the Future (FFTF) is shifting its focus to Congress in its fight to retain Title II-based Open Internet rules.

Librarians Read FCC Title II Riot Act

Location:
American Library Association, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL, 60611, United States

The American Library Association says the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Tom Wheeler got the reading of the law right when it imposed strong network neutrality rules under Title II (common carrier) authority.

Free State Does Math on Broadband Investment

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

As part of Federal Communications Commission Cgairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back Title II and review network neutrality regulations, the agency is proposing to use a "multiplier" to calculate the amount, if any, of lost investment from Title II, beyond the immediate investment to the total impact of that lost investment, say on construction workers not getting paid because of buildouts not being built out -- something like counting the number of other dominoes that fall rather than just counting the first one. The Free State Foundation, in comments to the FCC, submitted an assessment of such a cost-benefit analysis by senior fellow Theodore Bolema that suggested it would be reasonable to multiply lost investment assessments by between 1.25 and 1.75

Rep Doyle Draft of Bill Would Promote 5G

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

Rep Mike Doyle (D-PA) has circulated a discussion draft of a bill to accelerate the rollout of 5G wireless. The 5G Acceleration Act would mandate action items and deadlines for the Federal Communications Commission.

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017: Age Distinctions Just Part of News Evolution

Location:
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens Department of Politics and International Relations University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

The "Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017" confirms that the screens-of-preference for younger audiences are mobile and dynamic. But identifying the platform does not necessarily tell you the source of the news.

Senate Drills Down on Universal Service Fund

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

The Senate Communications Subcommittee on June 20 took a deep dive into the Federal Communications Commission's Universal Service Fund, with a focus on rural broadband deployment and telehealth.

President Trump Nominating Rosenworcel for Return FCC Engagement

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

In what appears to be an unprecedented move, former Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will also be future Democratic FCC commissioner if the ...

Survey: Consumers Uncomfortable With Smart TV Data Collection

Location:
USA, United States

Consumers aren’t comfortable with their data being collected by smart TVs, according to a survey conducted by Videa, Cox Media’s automated ad platform.

Gov McAuliffe Signs Wireless Broadband Deployment Bill

Location:
VA, United States

Gov Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) has signed a bill to advance the deployment of the small cell infrastructure needed for next-gen 5G wireless broadband.

WOW!: We’ll Stay Cap Free

Location:
WideOpenWest Finance, Denver, CO, United States

Competitive cable operator WOW! reaffirmed a commitment not to implement data caps and usage-based policies for all of its high-speed Internet customers, holding that it’s taking the “consumer side” in that debate.

National Legal and Policy Center Says Title II-Fans Are Gaming FCC Docket

Location:
National Legal and Policy Center, 107 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA, 22046, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Legal and Policy Center, a political and policy lobbying group, has fired the latest shot in the battle over network neutrality comments filed with the Federal Communications Commmission, saying that if its analysis is correct, it will ask Congress to investigate.

Chairman Pai Aide on NPR: FCC Will Protect Free, Open Internet

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

Matthew Berry, chief of staff to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, assured a National Public Radio audience May 31 that the chairman's proposal to roll back Title II was meant to continue to protect an open Internet while encouraging innovation and investment that will promote high-speed broadband access, particularly to rural America.

RNC Stands by President Trump, 'Witch-Hunt' Branding of Media

Location:
Republican National Committee (RNC), 310 First Street SE, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Republican National Committee joined with President Donald Trump to brand the recent spate of news about the President as a media witch hunt.

Judicial Watch Sues FCC Over Title II Documents

Location:
Judicial Watch, 425 3rd St, SW, Washington, DC, 20024, United States
Recommendation:
3

Conservative group Judicial Watch has filed suit against the Federal Communications Commission to get documents it says the commission has not produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Making the business case for network neutrality

Location:
spotXchange, 11030 CirclePoint Road, Westminster, CO, 80020, United States
Recommendation:
1

A profound shift in the balance of power between content and distribution will be the necessary consequence of eliminating Title II’s governance of the internet. For better or worse, three sectors of the media landscape will be affected.

Time for Congress to Act on Net Neutrality

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

I support the recent announcement by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back the misguided and overbearing regulatory structure imposed during the Obama Administration.

MoffettNathanson: The Cord-Cutting Future Has Arrived

Location:
MoffettNathanson LLC, 1180 avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

With most results now in, the US pay TV industry lost about 762,000 video subscribers in the first quarter of 2017, a worst-ever result for the period, according to a new report from MoffettNathanson.

Gigabit Opportunity Zones Bill Introduced

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
4

Sen Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) has introduced a bill, the Gigabit Opportunity (or GO) Act, that she says would accelerate the deployment of high-speed broadband in low-income and rural communities.

[UPDATED] Former FCC Commissioner McDowell Joins Mobile Future

Location:
Mobile Future, 1325 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
3

Former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Robert McDowell has joined Mobile Future as chief public policy advisor.

INCOMPAS to FCC: Delay Business Data Serivces Vote

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

INCOMPAS, which represents competitive carriers, wants the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on planned vote April 20 on FCC chair Ajit Pai's business data services deregulation until it releases the list of counties it presumes have competition and can deregulate incumbent carrier rates.