DirecTV may be angling to drop The Weather Channel from its lineup, prompting The Weather Channel to launch a PR campaign to try and stop it. The carriage deal between the two parties expires Jan. 14. At risk for The Weather Channel is distribution to DirecTV's 20 million subscribers.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) may be retiring, but he’s going to go out with a bang. In his formal announcement speech today, the high-ranking Democrat signaled that he intends to “keep up this intensity” until he exits the Senate in 2014. Several times he referred to a “no holds barred approach.”
AT&T, one of the likely biggest bidders in any government auction for wireless spectrum, lashed out at the Federal Communications Commission's push for flexibility in how spectrum auctions are conducted.
Negotiations between the House and Senate to resolve differences over spectrum bills that would free up spectrum for wireless services and public safety have stalled, reducing chances any spectrum legislation may pass this year.
Last week, it seemed like there might finally be some movement on Congress' long-delayed plans to pass a bill authorizing a spectrum auction, as news leaked that the House Energy & Commerce Committee would schedule a mark up of a bill as soon as Tuesday of this week. Now it looks like that was wishful thinking.