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AT&T Deal to Buy DirecTV Rocks Telecom, Media Universe

The AT&T deal to buy DirecTV is officially only a couple hours old, but it's already shaking up the telecom and media industry and causing consumer groups to fret.

Comcast-Time Warner Cable Regulatory Review Will Be Raucous

The proposed $45.2 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will keep both public interest groups and regulators busy in the coming months. Expect a raucous and drawn-out transaction before regulators make their decision. 

FCC’s Wheeler Vows to Take Next Steps on Net Neutrality ‘Shortly’

The pressure is mounting on the Federal Communications Commission to revisit how it will regulate net neutrality in the wake of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision that tossed the rules back in the regulator's lap.

Public Interest Groups, Cable Companies Oppose Gannett-Belo Merger

Gannett's $2.2 billion deal to buy Belo to become a 43 TV station super group is opening up some old-media consolidation wounds in Washington.

Mozilla Helps Launch Coalition to Stop NSA Spy Dragnet

Mozilla was out front and center for the launch of Stop Watching Us, a coalition of more than 80 civil liberties and privacy organizations calling for an end to what they call spying by the National Security Agency.

Study: Cross-Ownership of Media Doesn’t Impact Minorities

One of the biggest arguments against liberalizing the cross-ownership of media properties in a local market—that it would limit minority and female ownership—was shot down in a study conducted as part of the Federal Communications Commission's long-overdue review of media ownership rules.

Another Delay in FCC Media Ownership Rules Proceeding

Here's a shocker: The Federal Communications Commission's proceeding on media ownership rules is now officially on hold pending an impact study on how cross-ownership affects minority ownership. It could be late spring, even summer, before the proceeding, already two years behind schedule, starts rolling again.

Genachowski Hits the Pause Button

More than two months after Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski circulated an order proposing to lift the ban on owning a newspaper and radio station in a market, the commission is still deadlocked.

Senate Dems Blast FCC Draft to Relax Media Ownership Rules

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski is catching a lot of flak inside the Beltway for how he's handling a draft order of media ownership rules. Rather than holding a public meeting for a vote by all five commissioners, the draft, which proposes loosening the rules, is being handled behind closed doors in a process called "on circulation."

FCC Takes Up Low-Power Radio to Add Diversity to Airwaves

Coincidences in Washington? Try this. Just when the Federal Communications Commission is circulating a draft order to loosen media ownership rules, it voted today to take final steps to create lower-power FM radio, a new class of noncommercial radio stations aimed at increasing diversity on the radio airwaves.