Pay-TV services delivered by companies like Comcast and Time Warner. "Must-carry" refers to requirments that cable operators provide the signals of local TV broadcasters over their systems.

A Time to Give Thanks

Rounding out our December meeting will be two matters that were previewed yesterday.

The Alternative Facts of Cable Companies

Charter’s renaming of itself—after a megamerger with Time Warner Cable in 2018—as “Spectrum.” But changing your name doesn’t mean that you aren’t liable for misbehavior under your previous moniker. This is what Charter…er, Spectrum… found recently

FCC Will Renew Charter of Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

The Federal Communications Commission is renewing the charter of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment for a two-year period. The purpose of the Committee is to make recommendations to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged

Supreme Court to hear racial discrimination case against Comcast

The Supreme Court said that it would hear a case alleging that Comcast discriminated against an African-American owned media company in declining to take up its channels.

Comcast Hit with $9.1 Million Penalty in Washington State for Bogus Service Protection Plan Billing

A Washington State judge ruled that Comcast violated consumer protection laws more than 445,000 times, bogusly charging thousands of state cable consumers for a $5.99 plan they didn’t even know they were getting. Judge Timothy Bradshaw ordered Com

FCC Modernizes Cable Leased Access Rules

The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing its leased access rules.

Senate Takes Hard Look at Video Marketplace

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the changing video marketplace, with representatives from top trade association chiefs, Free Press, and Nielsen.


Senate Commerce Committee

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:00

The hearing will examine how television programming and the delivery of video content have evolved over the past decade.Witnesses will discuss how new entrants in the video marketplace and the development of digital programming and streaming services have impacted consumer viewing habits and preferences. The hearing will also examine existing laws governing the video marketplace and their role in fostering access to content and promoting competition, localism, and diversity of viewpoints.



Communications and Technology Subcommittee

House Commerce Committee


Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:30


Gordon H. Smith
President and CEO
National Association of Broadcasters

Robert D. Thun
Senior Vice President of Content and Programming
AT&T Mobility and Entertainment

Patricia Jo Boyers
President and Vice Chairman of the Board

John Bergmayer
Senior Counsel
Public Knowledge

Tacoma faces two legal challenges over new business model for Click

Two parties have gone to court to try to put to a vote of the public the city of Tacoma’s proposal to enter into a private-public partnership to manage Click, the municipal cable and internet network. Both cases, filed recently in Pierce County Su