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FCC Reauthorization Would End Media Cross-ownership Ban

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

Republican Reps, who have been trying to excise the media cross-ownership ban from the Federal Communications Commission's regulatory playbook, are making that part of the draft legislation reauthorizing the FCC, according to a GOP staff memo for July 25's FCC oversight hearing.

AT&T in Early Talks With DOJ for Time Warner Approval

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

Apparently, US antitrust officials have started talking to representatives from AT&T and Time Warner about possible conditions that could secure approval of their $85.4 billion tie-up.

Title II Fans Launch Phase II of Protest

Location:
USA, United States

The groups behind the July 12 internet Day of Action have launched "Team Internet," the next phase of their protest against the proposed reversal of the Federal Communications Commission's common carrier (Title II) classification of internet access.

AT&T, Verizon say 90 days is enough for copper retirement notices

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

AT&T and Verizon, two of the nation’s largest telecommunication companies, are making their case again to the Federal Communications Commission to shorten the copper retirement notice from 180 to 90 days.

New York Times Asks Fox for Apology After ‘Inaccurate Segment’

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

The New York Times has asked that the television show “Fox & Friends” apologize for what a Times spokeswoman described as a “malicious and inaccurate segment” that aired the week of July 17 accusing the paper of publishing a story in 2015 that had hindered the United States military’s attempt to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

Democrats call out AT&T-Time Warner deal in new messaging campaign

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

Democrats singled out the AT&T-Time Warner merger in their new messaging campaign on July 24, signaling a tougher stance on policing corporate consolidation.

Sen Wyden Seeks Info on E-mail Intel Collection

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

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, wants to know how many "backdoor" searches of e-mails and other communications the government has conducted.

The War on the Freedom of Information Act

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

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is what enables regular people to pester powerful federal agencies into handing over information about what they’ve been up to.

Rural Groups Challenge Microsoft's Spectrum Push

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

Cattlemen, wheat growers, "agri-women" and state agriculture departments are all pushing back on Microsoft's push for reserved TV spectrum channels for unlicensed use, saying broadcasting is vital to rural connections (even as Microsoft is arguing it needs the spectrum to provide rural broadband connectivity).

Attorney General Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, US intelligence intercepts show

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with then-Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general.

Sen Wyden blasts FCC for refusing to provide DDoS analysis

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

Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) criticized the Federal Communications Commission for failing to turn over its internal analysis of the DDoS attacks that hit the FCC's public comment system.

Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary, Denouncing Chaos in West Wing

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

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned after denouncing chaos in the West Wing and telling President Donald Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Verizon accused of throttling Netflix and YouTube, admits to “video optimization”

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

Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video.

Netflix speeds on Verizon Wireless appear to be capped for some customers

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

With net neutrality fresh on the minds of many in the United States, it seems that the data speeds at which Verizon Wireless customers can stream Netflix videos have quietly been capped in some instances.

Seattle Wins National Awards for Digital Equity Efforts

Location:
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 2121 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States

Seattle’s Information Technology Department has won two awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors for its efforts to foster digital inclusion within the city.

Cyber-Heavy DHS Reauthorization Bill Passes House

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

A bill that would reauthorize the Homeland Security Department for the first time in its nearly 15-year history and beef up cyber protections at ports and airports passed the House of Representatives.

Supreme Court Extends Time for Title II Appeal

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court has agreed to give Internet service providers more time to decide whether to appeal a DC Court's ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission's Title II Open Internet order.

Rural Broadband Access: Summit Seeks To Connect Leaders

Location:
Marietta, OH, United States

The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit was created by community organizer and Meigs County resident Liz Shaw and the Citizens Connectivity Council.

The Sinclair Revolution Will Be Televised. It’ll Just Have Low Production Values

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

In the menagerie of television talking heads who have come to prominence advocating for Donald Trump, Boris Epshteyn is hardly the most memorable. Yet he’s perhaps the best surrogate to study if you want to understand where the Trump/TV industrial complex goes next.

Excerpts From The Times’s Interview With Trump

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

President Donald Trump spoke on July 19 with three New York Times reporters — Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman — in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office.

President Trump Forms Infrastructure Advisory Council

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

President Donald Trump has signaled that broadband will definitely be part of his planned infrastructure investments. The president issued an executive order July 19 creating the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure that will include a representative from the communications and technology sector.

Lessons Learned From Roger Ailes One Year After His Fox Firing

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

On the anniversary of the ouster of the most influential man in conservative politics, who died in May, a legacy is revealed in Trump's anti-media venom, Rupert Murdoch's unrest and a vision that has jumped cable news to become the dominant historical current. It was Roger Ailes' tacit support of Trump that, in part, made his removal from Fox all the more urgent for the Murdochs.

Rep Pallone Proposes $1B Boost to Auction Repack Fund

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

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)—who has long pushed Congress to hold viewers harmless in the post-incentive auction repack—has introduced a bill to make sure the moving expenses of TV stations (and affected FM stations and pay-TV providers) are covered, given the initial broadcaster estimates of $2.1 billion in expenses and Congress' set-aside of only $1.75 billion.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks Royalties for Pre-1972 Musical Works

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

A bipartisan bill has been introduced to establish copyright protections for performances of pre-1972 musical works. Reps Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) are sponsoring the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society (CLASSICS) Act (HR 3301).

FCC has no documentation of DDoS attack that hit net neutrality comments

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

The US Federal Communications Commission says it has no written analysis of DDoS attacks that hit the commission's net neutrality comment system in May.

The rift between tech firms and activists

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Big technology companies and their longtime allies on the grassroots left are at odds over how to deal with network neutrality — and the fight is getting nasty.

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.

Bill Reining In Chevron Deference Introduced

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

In what is being billed as a bicameral effort, a group of Republican Sens and Reps—including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have introduced a bill, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, that takes aim at the Chevron deference accorded federal agency expertise.

Record 9 million comments flood FCC on net neutrality

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

The US government has received more than 9 million public comments on rolling back network neutrality regulations, a record response to this hot-button issue that both sides argue plays an essential role in who gets Internet access.

A reporter broke White House rules by streaming live audio of an off-camera briefing

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

At every White House news briefing since June 29 — and many before, too — President Donald Trump's spokesmen have ordered a room full of smartphone-toting journalists not to film the session or even broadcast live audio.