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[29 Jun 2012 | One Comment | 239,303 views]
Verizon Silences T-Mobile: Wireless Industry Consolidation and Cross-Industry Collusion — Verizon Wireless, Comcast and T-Mobile

As cable giant Comcast agrees to settle charges with the FCC for violating the terms of its merger with NBC-Universal, Verizon Wireless gets a tip of the hat from the commission for agreeing to sell portions of spectrum licenses to the spectrum-desperate T-Mobile in exchange for an estimated $260 million in cash.
Comcast settled with the commission for a mere $800,000 after it was found guilty of infringing upon antitrust provisions by not sufficiently marketing its standalone internet service, as was required by the agreement. And now, Verizon Wireless is swapping …

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[8 May 2012 | 2 Comments | 28,799 views]
Al Franken Urges FCC and DOJ to Investigate Comcast for Antitrust Violations

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has long been a strong supporter of network neutrality, frequently speaking out against proposed ventures that violate this stance. From the get-go, Senator Franken was opposed to the 2010 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, seeing the joint venture as a violation of antitrust laws. It now seems that his fears about the future goals of Comcast were not unwarranted, prompting him to fire off a letter to the Federal Communications Commitment and the Department of Justice calling for an investigation into the company’s practices.
In the …

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[30 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 2,617 views]
Congress Should Grill the FCC Over Redacted Google Wi-Fi Snooping Report

Privacy advocates have long objected to the Google Street View feature, pointing to photographs that show men leaving strip clubs, protesters at an abortion clinic, sunbathers in bikinis, and people engaging in activities visible from public property in which they do not wish to be photographed and have published online. Most recently the FCC has investigated the search giant for intercepting Wi-Fi content such as e-mails, passwords and search history, of which Google has claimed was an over site.
Google released a mostly uncensored version of the FCC’s report on   …

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[13 Jan 2012 | 14 Comments | 31,977 views]
The End of NFL Blackouts is Near

Blackout usually relates to the broadcasting of sports events, television programming, that is prohibited in a certain media market.
The NFL TV blackout policy states that for a game to be shown in the team’s local market. There were 16 blackouts in 2011.
Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission had started seeking public comment on eliminating its own rule.
Following is Commissioner McDowell’s statement:
“I am delighted that the Media Bureau is requesting comment on a petition seeking elimination  of the Commission’s rules that prohibit multichannel video programming distributors from  carrying a sporting event in …

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[22 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | 6,682 views]
LightSquared to FCC: it’s our spectrum, interference is GPS industry’s problem

Embattled wholesale satellite broadband contender LightSquared has taken off the gloves. The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for a “declaratory ruling” confirming its right to use spectrum licensed to the company by the FCC. Not only that, but LightSquared wants the Commission to confirm that GPS makers—who have been complaining of interference risks for months—lack any legal basis to ask for interference protections.

“It is clear that GPS devices are purposefully designed to look into LightSquared’s licensed spectrum, and given this evidence, we believe decision-makers should consider LightSquared’s legal …

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[20 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 3,045 views]
Professor Schulzrinne as Chief Technology Officer

Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today the appointment of Henning Schulzrinne as Chief Technology Officer. FCC Chairman Genachowski said, “I’m delighted that Henning will be joining us. The communications technology revolution is key to our economy and broad opportunity. With the appointment of Henning – a world-class technologist – we extend our commitment to technology excellence at the FCC and to strong engagement with outside technology experts.” As Chief Technology Officer, Schulzrinne will guide the FCC’s work on technology and engineering issues, together with the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology. …

Featured, Headline, Net Neutrality »

[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 17,201 views]
Eddie Lazarus announced his resignation

Chief of staff of the Federal Communications Commission Eddie Lazarus announced his resignation on Tuesday after fighting brutal battles over Internet access rules and the reviews of two massive mergers.
The former head of the Los Angeles office for the Akin, Gump law firm, came to the FCC in June 2009 with no telecommunications policy experience. Lazarus had orchestrated weeks-long negotiations between the nation’s biggest telephone and cable firms along with Google and Skype over those rules, which are being challenged in federal court.
“No one has done more than Eddie Lazarus …

Broadcast, Headline, Wireless Communications »

[14 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 4,493 views]
Spectrum Auction Bill Advances In House

A Republican-backed payroll tax and jobs bill with TV spectrum auction language attached won House passage last night. But many hurdles still stand in the way of it becoming law. President Obama has said he would veto the legislation as it now stands. Still, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who has championed the reallocation of TV spectrum to wireless broadband, called the House vote a “major achievement.

By a 234-193 vote, the House last night passed a controversial GOP      payroll tax and jobs package (H.R.3630) that also includes provisions   granting the FCC …

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[13 Dec 2011 | 6 Comments | 31,644 views]
Loud Commercials Addressed by the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today took a major step toward
eliminating one of the most persistent problems of the television age – loud commercials.  The
Commission adopted a Report and Order that implements the 2010 Commercial Advertisement Loudness
Mitigation Act (the CALM Act), in which Congress gave the Commission, for the first time, authority to
address the problem of excessive commercial loudness.
The rules adopted today require that commercials have the same average volume as the programs they
accompany.  The rules also establish simple, practical ways for stations and MVPDs to demonstrate their
compliance with the rules.  They carry …

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[10 Dec 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,641 views]
FCC commissioner fears international Internet takeover

There is an effort within the United Nations – led by Russia, China and a coalition of developing nations with authoritarian regimes — to control the Internet, and 2012 may be a crucial year for opposition to such a shift, a key U.S. overseer warned Thursday.

Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, a Republican, told the Federal Communications Bar     Association that “scores of countries, including China, Russia and India, are pushing hard for international regulation            of  Internet governance.”
In December 2012, the International Telecommunications Union, a U.N. agency, will host a meeting in …