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Republicans Face Outcry if They Overturn Net Neutrality Rules, Wheeler Says

Tom Wheeler said Thursday, his last full day in office, he doesn't view his work as FCC chairman as particularly ideological. Wheeler started a series of speeches last week defending his legacy, starting with remarks at the Aspen … Subscribe to Read >>

Tuesday Markup a Possible Opening for Senate Communications Act Update Package

Procedural pragmatism could drive the Senate to embark on a package labeled as a Communications Act update down the road, Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said in a recent interview. He's eyeing ways to move forward on a … Subscribe to Read >>

Broadcasters, Wireless Industry Look to Auction's End

With the final stage rule satisfied and the incentive auction's end in sight, broadcasters need to start getting ready for the repacking, and a relaxation of anti-collusion rules and accompanying quiet period would be a big help, said broadcasters … Subscribe to Read >>

Retrans Reform, Indie Programming Rules Seen Unlikely Under Next FCC

Odds of a Republican-controlled FCC making meaningful changes to retransmission consent or undertaking other new video rules seem scant, insiders agreed. The American TV Alliance agitated earlier this month for retrans reform (see 1701090039). Chairman Tom Wheeler last … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Could Act 'Relatively Soon' on New York Bid to Use CAF Funds in State Auction

The new FCC may approve in some form New York's bid to tap federal subsidy funding for a state broadband auction, agency and industry officials told us Thursday. The commission is working on the issue, and while action doesn't … Subscribe to Read >>

ATSC 3.0 to Support Both HLG and PQ Transfer Functions for HDR, Says Richer

ATSC's Technology Group 3, which supervises the framing of ATSC 3.0, approved a ballot this week that would elevate the A/341 document on ATSC 3.0 video and high dynamic range to the status of a proposed standard, ATSC President … Subscribe to Read >>

Ross Fields Additional Questions from Senators on Spectrum, Broadband

Commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross would be open to looking at how to integrate spectrum challenges into his Commerce Department, he said. He addressed spectrum repeatedly during his Wednesday Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing (see 1701180069). Senators continued … Subscribe to Read >>

Consumer Counsel to Seek Connecticut Ruling on Municipalities’ Right to String Fiber

Community broadband advocates urged Connecticut commissioners not to delay enabling cities and towns to use utility poles for fiber networks, at a Public Utilities Regulatory Authority technical meeting Thursday. In response to legal concerns raised by Frontier, Verizon and … Subscribe to Read >>

Laws, Tech Tools, Algorithmic Transparency May Help Fight Fake News, Panelists Say

Copyright and trademark laws, technological tools, algorithmic transparency and development of research skills are ways social media sites, technology companies and individuals can identify and fight fake news, panelists said at an Internet Society event at American University … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

ATSC 3.0 to Support Both HLG and PQ Transfer Functions for HDR, Says Richer

ATSC's Technology Group 3, which supervises the framing of ATSC 3.0, approved a ballot this week that would elevate the A/341 document on ATSC 3.0 video and high dynamic range to the status of a proposed standard, ATSC President Mark Richer emailed us Thursday through a spokesman. "The document includes support for HLG and PQ transfer functions,“ Richer said of the competing hybrid log-gamma and perceptual quantization approaches to HDR. It was Richer's first known public acknowledgement that ATSC 3.0 will support both HDR technologies. … Read More >>

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