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AT&T/TW Wouldn't Discriminate Against Non-TW Content, Stephenson Tells Senate

Republican and Democratic senators flagged possible harms Wednesday that could arise from AT&T’s proposed buy of Time Warner. Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Mike Lee, R-Utah, immediately sought to vet AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s predictions of lower prices, but also … Subscribe to Read >>

Blackburn, Pai, O'Rielly Target Net Neutrality, Title II, Privacy; Deregulatory Push Seen

Congressional and FCC Republicans vowed to roll back communications regulation, starting with the agency's net neutrality and broadband reclassification order. House Commerce Committee Vice Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said she expects a net neutrality "legislative solution" early next Congress … Subscribe to Read >>

EAS Item Could Be Affected by Eighth-Floor Tension

Though the draft emergency alert system order set for next week's FCC meeting agenda is largely free of provisions that were opposed by Republican commissioners and the pay-TV and broadcast industries, internal tensions on the eighth floor could keep … Subscribe to Read >>

Future of FCC TAC Considered Uncertain With Administration Change

The FCC Technological Advisory Council is likely to continue into the next administration, but that decision will have to be made by the next chairman under President-elect Donald Trump, said Office of Engineering and Technology Chief Julius Knapp at … Subscribe to Read >>

States Move Ahead on Lifeline Updates After FCC Waiver Decision

Two state commissions that sought but didn’t receive FCC waivers of the Dec. 2 Lifeline deadline are moving forward with rulemakings to align state rules with the updated federal low-income program, state officials said. The FCC last week denied … Subscribe to Read >>

Lifeline Broadband Forbearance Filings Surprise Sprint, Concern Hispanic Advocate

It's surprising how many Lifeline providers opted for FCC broadband forbearance, said Norina Moy, Sprint director-government affairs, on an FCBA panel Tuesday. She said Sprint has begun offering Lifeline-supported broadband service to low-income customers, and it remains to … Subscribe to Read >>

Somos Request for Text Messaging Clarity Gets Mixed Response

CTIA cautioned the FCC against issuing a ruling addressing Somos’ concerns about rules for text messages to toll-free numbers. In November, the Wireline Bureau sought comment on a Somos petition, and initial comments were due Monday. Others filed … Subscribe to Read >>

Privacy Advocates, Industry at Odds Over Potential Data Privacy Problems With Smart TVs

While smart TVs give consumers a lot more content, interactivity and other emerging benefits, several consumer protection and privacy advocates said at a Wednesday FTC event that viewers are also largely unaware of what personal data is being … Subscribe to Read >>

Acting CO Head Emphasizes 'Temporary' Role, Continued Progress on Policy Studies

Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett said she has no plans to seek a permanent appointment as head of the Copyright Office, saying her tenure as the office’s leader is “temporary.” Claggett, who has been associate register … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Anti-Trump Political Stances Won't Affect Lobbying, Communications Officials Say

CTA President Gary Shapiro called then-candidate Donald Trump “dangerous and unqualified to lead.” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Jim Cicconi, since-retired AT&T senior executive vice president-congressional affairs, publicly endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (see 1606230070). NAB President Gordon Smith donated to Trump's Republican primaries opponent Jeb Bush (see 1611150062) . Now that the election is over, those stances aren't expected to affect those entities' efforts to lobby the Republican-controlled Congress or the FCC, numerous attorneys, lobbyists and industry officials said in interviews. … Read More >>

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