Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

T-Mobile, Sprint close to agreeing on deal terms, apparently

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States

Apparently, T-Mobile US is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest US wireless carriers.

A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile might not face many hurdles at the Trump administration

Location:
USA, United States

A potential merger of T-Mobile and Sprint could fare well with the Trump administration, which has telegraphed for months that it isn’t resolutely opposed to the combination of the country’s third- and fourth-largest wireless giants.

A T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Destroy Wireless Competition, Kill Jobs and Harm Low-Income Families

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

No one but Donald Trump’s pals on Wall Street wants to see this competition-killing, investment-killing and job-killing merger. There is no rational justification for T-Mobile to take over Sprint and remove yet another consumer choice from the marketplace.

Verizon’s FiOS Deployment In Boston Is Fiber-To-The-B.S.

Location:
New Networks, 826 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003, United States

In April 2016, Verizon told Boston it was going to be spending $300 million to deploy FiOS, their wireline Fiber-To-The-Premises (FTTP) service, to the entire city over the next six years.

Leading the Legal War Against Fox

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

So far in 2017, the lawyer Douglas Wigdor, a conservative Republican, has filed 11 suits against Fox News for defamation, sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

Why Big Tech is Clashing with Internet Freedom Advocates

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

A rift is growing between the tech industry and civil society.

Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility

Location:
London, United Kingdom

Uber has been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that has triggered an outcry from drivers at the ride-hailing company and Conservative politicians.

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

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

Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business of the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer HTC in a bid to bring more hardware expertise to its own mobile technology operations.

David Cohen, Comcast’s top lobbyist, says Trump won’t stop many mergers

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

President Donald Trump has previously threatened to break up Comcast while repeatedly taken aim at one of its rivals, AT&T, as the wireless giant inches closer to purchasing Time Warner. But Comcast’s leading voice in Washington, DC — David Cohen — said that the regulatory climate for big mergers remains as friendly as ever in the nation’s capital, no matter what President Trump himself has said.

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.

Sinclair insiders are sounding the alarm about its plans to transform local news

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

Current and former Sinclair employees, union representatives, and media experts have been speaking out in investigative reports about the damage Sinclair is doing to the public’s trust in local news, from Baltimore to Seattle and most recently in Providence

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The Worst Merger Yet

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States

The more people learn about the frenzied Big Media-Wall Street rush to consolidate our communications ecosystem into a playground for monopolists-on-the-make, the more they dislike what they see. For example, a recent poll shows two-thirds of us are opposed to competition-busting transactions like AT&T and Time Warner, almost equally divided among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Less well-known until recently is the Sinclair-Tribune proposal currently pending at the Federal Communications Commission. Sinclair is already publicly bragging that it will get the FCC nod of approval in the months just ahead. I have called Sinclair “the most dangerous company most Americans have never heard of.” Already the country’s largest local TV station owner (173 stations now, 215 post-merger), Sinclair has an insatiable appetite for more.

Charter hit with $13M fine for not delivering on broadband promise

Location:
Charter Communications, 12405 Powerscourt Dr, St. Louis, MO, 63131, United States

Charter Communications has been served a whopping $13 million fine by New York State’s Public Service Commission (PSC). The commission claims that Charter, now the largest broadband provider in the state, has failed to make good on promises to expand its broadband service to more rural communities as part of its merger deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC).

Fox News Contributor Says Rape Allegation Blacklisted Her

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

Fox News, which for more than a year has dealt with the fallout from an embarrassing sexual harassment scandal, was sued on Sept 18 by the political commentator Scottie Nell Hughes, who claimed that she had been raped by the longtime anchor Charles Payne and was then retaliated against by the network after she came forward with her allegation.

Google Offers to Auction Off Shopping Ad Spaces to Rivals in Response to EU

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

Apparently, Alphabet’s Google has proposed overhauling its shopping search results so that rivals can bid for space to display products for sale, as part of the company's efforts to comply with the European Union’s antitrust order.

The Top-Five Threats to Your Rights to Connect and Communicate in the Trump Era

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

The Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and greedy companies are attacking people’s rights to connect and communicate so relentlessly that staying on top of everything that’s happening can feel like an impossible task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of five of the biggest threats people are facing.

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The Worst Merger Yet

The more people learn about the frenzied Big Media-Wall Street rush to consolidate our communications ecosystem into a playground for monopolists-on-the-make, the more they dislike what they see. For example, a recent poll shows two-thirds of us are opposed to competition-busting transactions like AT&T and Time Warner, almost equally divided among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

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.

Details On Sinclair-Tribune Merger Overdue

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

The Federal Communications Commission has finally gotten around to asking Sinclair how it intends to comply with the national and local ownership rules.

Big Tech’s Half-Hearted Response To Fake News And Election Hacking

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

8,500 Verizon customers disconnected because of “substantial” data use

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

Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts unprofitable for the carrier.

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.

Gab is suing Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws

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

The social media site Gab.ai is accusing Google of violating federal antitrust laws when the tech giant booted Gab from the Google Play Store, according to lawsuit filed Sept 14.

Comcast said he used too much data—so he opted to live without home Internet

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States

Longtime Comcast customer Drew Weaver was surprised in mid-May of 2017 when he got an automated call notifying him that he’d gone over his 1TB monthly data cap.

How big tech became the new titan of television

Location:
USA, United States

The geeks are raiding their digital vaults to transform themselves into lords of entertainment – or at least owners of content – and in the process shape what we watch and how we watch. Traditional broadcast and cable networks, giants which for decades shaped popular culture, are scrambling to keep up.

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters'

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Until the week of Sept 11, Facebook enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’”

Court reveals another overseas-data fight between Google and federal government

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

Google came up on the losing end of a previously-undisclosed third showdown with the federal government over demands for data stored overseas, a federal court in Washington has revealed.

President Trump Blocks China-Backed Fund from Buying US Chip Maker Lattice

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

President Donald Trump blocked a Beijing-backed fund’s attempt to buy an American chip maker, signaling his administration will closely scrutinize Chinese investment in semiconductor technology.

Tech takes Fire From Left and Right

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

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right.

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