Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

Telecom giants spent $11m on first-quarter lobbying

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Major internet service providers spent more than $11 million on lobbying amid fights over privacy rules and a coming showdown over net neutrality.

Lessons Learned from the Trump Campaign

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
3

There is unlikely to be another presidential campaign like the one that made Donald Trump our 45th president last year. But there are lasting lessons for local broadcasters to be derived from it.

Sinclair Announces Station Takeover One Day After Trump's FCC Votes to Loosen Ownership Caps

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On April 20, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reinstate an obsolete loophole called the UHF discount that will allow broadcast conglomerates to exceed congressionally mandated national TV audience coverage limits. April 21, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television station conglomerate, announced a $240 million deal to buy 14 television stations owned by Bonten Media Group.

UK Delays Review of 21st Century Fox Deal for Sky

Location:
Ofcom, 2a Southwark Bridge Road Riverside House, London, SE1 9HA, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
3

Britain postponed on its regulatory review of 21st Century Fox’s proposal to take full control of the British satellite television giant Sky until after the country’s general election in June.

Facebook, Google and others are focusing some DC lobbying dollars on fighting President Trump

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Large tech companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft focused some of their lobbying dollars in Washington over the past three months on combating President Donald Trump, as he eyed major changes to the US tax code and imposed new restrictions on foreign immigrants.

FCC Reinstates Pre-August 2016 Status Quo in Broadcaster Marketplace

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

The Federal Communications Commission voted to reinstate the so-called “UHF discount” until the Commission can address its national television ownership rule more holistically, in a proceeding to be launched later in 2017.

Hypocrisy at the Federal Communications Commission

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

If the public had any doubt as to whether Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was going to follow his own regulatory philosophy consistently during his term, one of the votes April 20 confirms that he chooses to follow his own principles only when it suits the powerful companies and political interests that back him.

Daily Report: Silicon Valley Losing Ground in Washington

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

Remember when federal regulators made rules that seemed tailored to benefit the technology industry? Not anymore.

A Communique on the G-20 Digital Economy Ministerial

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The G20 (Group of 20) is a forum for representatives of governments of 20 major economies to consider and address issues of common interest impacting the citizens of these economies. As the president of the G20, Germany initiated a work stream focused on the digital economy. Over the past four months, representatives of the G20 countries have been examining policies and practices that will further the growth, development and deployment of digital economy technologies.

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.

Reps Pelosi, Pallone Urge Chairman Pai to Ditch UHF Discount's Return

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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined with Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) to try and head off the reinstating of the UHF discount, saying its return by the Federal Communications Commission would be using a "blunt, illogical and anti-consumer instrument" to re-open a loophole to further consolidation.

Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Bill O’Reilly has been forced out of his position as a prime-time host on Fox News, the company said on April 19, after the disclosure of multiple settlements involving sexual harassment allegations against him.

Newspaper Decline Hurts AP Earnings

Location:
Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earnings at The Associated Press shrank substantially last year compared with 2015, when the news organization enjoyed a large tax benefit that skewed its results.

Attorneys Take Aim at FCC's Main Studio Rule

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

Telecommunication lawyers have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the rule that broadcasters have a main studio located in their community of license.

AT&T gave $2 million to President Trump's inaugural committee

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T was among the largest contributors to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, accounting for more than $2 million of the record-breaking $106.7 million haul.

BDS Reform for 2017, Not 2005

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

As the business data services (BDS) proceeding is drawing to a close, some are still arguing for an additional delay, suggesting that resolution of this proceeding is contrary to the facts and will slow the deployment of 5G services.

Verizon Preps for 5G with $1 Billion+ Next Generation Optical Fiber Purchase

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

In prep for the next generation optical fiber backbone necessary for the deployment of 5G, Verizon has agreed to a minimum purchase agreement with Corning worth at least $1.05 billion.

US telecoms industry set for M&A negotiations frenzy

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

In 10 days, the Federal Communications Commission will lift a ban on telecoms companies engaging in merger talks, and Wall Street is betting on T-Mobile US, Sprint, and Dish Network to be the first ones out of the gate.

Google Fiber realigns San Antonio FTTH rollout strategy, but new coverage plans are unclear

Location:
San Antonio, TX, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google Fiber is implementing a fiber installation process in San Antonio (TX) it hopes won’t upset local residents along with methods to reduce network build-out costs.

CenturyLink, Level 3 say they don’t ‘significantly’ compete with each other for business service opportunities

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink says it does not always compete head to head with Level 3—which it is in the process of acquiring—and that the two companies are providers in an ever-evolving business services market.

Statement Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai On $1.05 Billion Fiber-Purchase Agreement Between Verizon Communications And Corning

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement on the announcement that Verizon Communications has agreed to purchase at least $1.05 billion in optical fiber from Corning Incorporated.

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Beware: The UHF Discount Is Rising From The Dead

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

The ultra high frequency (UHF) Discount is the zombie of media policy, likely to rise from the dead this week at the Federal Communications Commission’s April 20, 2017 meeting. The likely restoration of the UHF Discount raises interesting legal issues, since no one disputes that there the policy rationale for its adoption has long since disappeared. Those arguments will play out at the Federal Communications Commission and, perhaps, in the courts, but this post is about the colorful history of the UHF Discount and why restoring it would likely lead to vastly increased concentration of control of TV stations in this country. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made plain that he intends to relax or repeal almost all of the Commission’s restrictions on how many media properties a broadcaster can own or operate. However, the very first item on his list, which he has slated for expedited consideration, actually restores a very important, if seemingly arcane, provision that his predecessor had deleted - the so-called UHF discount.

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Beware: The UHF Discount Is Rising From The Dead

The ultra high frequency (UHF) Discount is the zombie of media policy, likely to rise from the dead this week at the Federal Communications Commission’s April 20, 2017 meeting. The likely restoration of the UHF Discount raises interesting legal issues, since no one disputes that there the policy rationale for its adoption has long since disappeared. Those arguments will play out at the Federal Communications Commission and, perhaps, in the courts, but this post is about the colorful history of the UHF Discount and why restoring it would likely lead to vastly increased concentration of control of TV stations in this country.

FCC approves Time Warner sale of Atlanta TV station

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

The Federal Communications Commission approved Time Warner's sale of a broadcast station in Atlanta to Meredith, a transaction that could help speed Time Warner's planned merger with AT&T.

How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

Location:
YouTube, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since its 2005 debut with the slogan “Broadcast Yourself,” YouTube has positioned itself as a place where any people with camera phones can make a career of their creativity and thrive free of the grip of corporate media gatekeepers. But in order to share in the advertising wealth a user base of more than a billion can provide, independent producers must satisfy the demands of YouTube’s unfeeling, opaque and shifting algorithms.

Huckabee: I'd rather have Obama as president than have Comcast service

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Former Gov Mike Huckabee (R-AR) vented frustration about his Comcast service in a series of tweets April 17, with the former Republican presidential hopeful saying that he would prefer to have President Obama back in office than continue to deal with the company.

Google Fiber could get FCC help in fights to compete against AT&T

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

Google Fiber and other Internet service providers that want to build new networks might get good news from the Federal Communications Commission, which is considering rules that would speed up the process of attaching wires to utility poles.

Google reaches $7.8M settlement with Russia in antitrust case

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google is paying a $7.8 million fine and agreeing to open up its Android mobile operating system to competitors' search engines in Russia.

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking

Location:
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens Department of Politics and International Relations University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
3

This report proposes principles to guide contemporary media and communications policymaking in democratic countries seeking to improve the contributions those operations and systems make to society.

Major News Drives Earned Media For TV Networks

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earned media continues to deliver big benefits for media and entertainment brands, largely due to high-interest news viewing. Recent news concerning the presidential election and possible Russian connections with the White House are driving strong viewer and TV news content activity.

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