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FCC Approves Net Neutrality Exemption Over Strong Clyburn Protests

Divided commissioners approved an extension of the small-carrier waiver of the enhanced transparency requirements in the 2015 net neutrality order, 2-1 Thursday. The vote was expected (see 1702220063). The general theme of Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting was bipartisan … Subscribe to Read >>

New GOP Chief Appropriators Eye Partnership With Pai on FCC Funding, Priorities

New Republican appropriators on Capitol Hill see an ally in FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, they told us recently, anticipating a partnership as the FCC funding process moves forward. The relevant House and Senate subcommittees received new leaders in 2017 … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Unanimously Approves ATSC 3.0 NPRM, FM Translator Order

The FCC approved unanimously an NPRM on ATSC 3.0 and an order relaxing location rules for FM translators at Thursday’s commissioners' meeting, as expected (see 1702210058). Commissioner Mignon Clyburn supported the NPRM on the new TV standard, but … Subscribe to Read >>

Mobility Fund Launched on 3-0 Vote by FCC

Commissioners approved 3-0 a second phase of the Mobility Fund (MFII) Thursday. As expected, the FCC deferred some decisions, agreeing to seek further comment, especially on the process of challenging whether a market should receive funding (see 1702150035) … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Simplifies Telco Accounting Rules, Gives Price-Cap Carriers GAAP Option

The FCC adopted an order to streamline telco accounting duties, including by scrapping a requirement that large, price-cap carriers maintain regulatory reporting books in addition to financial reporting books. The large telcos will be given the option of shifting … Subscribe to Read >>

Senate Judiciary Leaders Considering Stand-Alone Register of Copyrights Appointment Process Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders are considering whether to propose legislation that would narrowly target changes to the appointment process for the Register of Copyrights separately from a bill to tackle other Copyright Office modernization issues, lobbyists told us. It’s … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Adopts CAF II Auction Order for Fixed Services With Wide Bid Weight Range

The FCC approved an order setting a broad range of bid weights for a planned Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction of almost $2 billion in subsidy support for fixed broadband/voice services over 10 years. The CAF II … Subscribe to Read >>

Antitrust Experts Say FTC Complaint Against Qualcomm Not Clear

Antitrust experts and tech representatives said the FTC's complaint against Qualcomm, which alleges the company maintained a monopoly in baseband processors used in cellphones and other devices, was misguided or unclear. One questioning the timing (see 1701270059Subscribe to Read >>

ATSC Chief IDs 5 HDR Proposals as Likely Amendments to ATSC 3.0 Video Book

The A/341 document on ATSC 3.0 video that went out for ballot late January for elevation to the status of a proposed standard (see 1701200004) largely is silent on choosing a preferred high-dynamic-range technology for the next-generation broadcast … Subscribe to Read >>

Journalists Defend Media, as ITIF Study Finds Tech Reporting More Negative

Current and former journalists defended their profession at a discussion about a report that news coverage of technology gradually has become more negative. Some panelists speculated one reason the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation study found increased … Subscribe to Read >>

CNN Appeal of NLRB Order Likely to Hinge on Level of Subcontractor Control

Resolution of an appeal of a National Labor Relations Board finding against CNN could largely turn on whether it had direct and immediate control of Team Video Services (TVS) workers laid off when CNN brought in house work … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

AT&T/TW Should Include FCC Review; Don't Restore UHF Discount, Clyburn Says

The Clayton Antitrust Act gives the FCC authority to review AT&T's planned buy of Time Warner, and it has the responsibility to do so, given the financial scope of the deal and significance of the combined company, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said Tuesday. In an interview with Communications Daily, she expressed opposition to restoring the UHF discount and said the FCC should stay the course on making broadband more affordable and driving down inmate calling service rates. … Read More >>

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