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Barely a Peep From New FCC Commissioners at Senate Hearing

The two new Federal Communications Commissioners, Ajit Pai (R) and Jessica Rosenworcel (D) had their coming out party Wednesday in an oversight hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.

Senate Dems Push for Online Privacy Legislation

Senate Democrats aren't going to let a little distraction like the 2012 presidential election stop them from pushing for baseline legislation to protect consumers’ privacy online. In a classic showdown between Democrats and the GOP during a Commerce Committee hearing on the need for privacy protections, Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) set a combative tone.

Diller Tells Senators to Rewrite Communications Laws

Today's Senate Commerce hearing on the future of online video should have been called The Barry Diller Show. The former broadcast exec-turned-Internet mogul dominated the hearing over the future of online video and what lawmakers should do to ensure its continuing growth.

Ad Biz Lauded for Privacy Self-Regulation as Debate Continues

The digital ad industry is feeling pretty good about the White House's proposed "consumer privacy bill of rights." Along with the unveiling of the long-awaited Commerce Department report came

Lawmakers Fret Over Potential Super Bowl Blackout in Boston

The potential blackout of the Super Bowl on DirecTV in Boston has got lawmakers fretting and dashing off letters. Both U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Scott Brown (R) and John Kerry (D), concerned that their constituents have become collateral damage in a business negotiation, sent letters to DirecTV and Sunbeam Television. The state's 10 congressmen also sent a letter.