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House Commerce Set for GOP Leadership Rumble; All Contenders Eye 2017 Telecom Rewrite

A hotly anticipated GOP fight for leadership of the House Commerce Committee is less than six months away, and four of the known likely contenders told us they want a renewed committee focus on rewriting the 1996 Telecom Act … Subscribe to Read >>

Wheeler Pressures Carriers to Address Robocalls, But No Easy Fix Is in Sight

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sent letters to the major carriers asking them to offer call-blocking services to their subscribers “now.” In June 2015, the FCC said carriers have a "greenlight” to offer robocall blocking technology (see 1506180046). Wheeler … Subscribe to Read >>

MVPD/SVOD Team-Ups Seen as Picking Up Steam

Multichannel video programming distributors are signing affiliation agreements with subscription VOD services at an increasing clip, with some seeing such arrangements between the erstwhile distribution rivals becoming the norm. After Comcast and Netflix's announcement earlier this month of … Subscribe to Read >>

Fiber, Satellite, Wireless Advocates Push Differing Agendas for CAF II Auction

Fiber proponents urged the FCC to devise a Connect America Fund subsidy auction to encourage deployment of cutting-edge high-speed networks and services, as initial comments on a Further NPRM were posted Thursday and Friday in docket 10-90. Satellite … Subscribe to Read >>

Educating Hill Was Top Focus of Drone Lobbyists, But They See That Changing

While educating Capitol Hill and federal agencies about the commercial opportunities of drone technology and allaying their concerns about privacy, security and safety have been the primary focus for the industry over the last couple of years, that's changing … Subscribe to Read >>

SoundExchange, Other Web IV Litigants Tip Planned Arguments for DC Circuit Appeal

SoundExchange plans to argue to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that the court should overturn the Copyright Royalty Board’s 2016-20 noninteractive webcasting rate-setting (Web IV ) ruling because of CRB use of Pandora’s past direct … Subscribe to Read >>

Pandora Q2 Losses Widen to $76 Million; Analysts Calm Ahead of On-Demand Service

Pandora weathered a $76.3 million Q2 loss Friday -- wider than the year-ago net loss of $16.1 million -- as analysts took Thursday results largely in stride ahead of the company’s upcoming on-demand offering. After the Thursday earnings call … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Senate Telecom Legislation Still Hitting Wall as July Arrives, Stirring Doubts

Telecom legislation may be reaching a fatal stall in the Senate, said Capitol Hill lobbyists and observers in interviews, as Congress enters its home stretch before a long summer recess. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., told us he expects Democratic holds will stop any expedited passage of his FCC Reauthorization Act (S-2644) on the same grounds as the Democratic holds currently obstructing the unanimous consent hotline of his Mobile Now spectrum bill (S-2555): the partisan battle between Senate leaders over the reconfirmation of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. … Read More >>

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