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Topic: FCC

First Mover: Robert McDowell

The FCC commissioner is pro free-market media in public but a totalitarian at home

Specs Age 49 Who FCC commissioner; post-election, back in minority as Republican member FCC stuff can be pretty geeky. You’ve quoted everything from Shakespeare to Star Trek. What we do touches the daily lives…

Did Verizon Wireless Silence Competitor With Spectrum Deal?

T-Mobile swap could pave way for regulatory approval of cable deals

Verizon Wireless gave regulators something else to consider as they review the company's controversial $3.6 billion deals to acquire wireless spectrum and carve out marketing deals with the nation's largest…

Political TV Ad Rates Complicate Election Season

Controversial new FCC rule requires TV stations to post political ad rates

Along with the headache of making sure TV ads that get bumped by politicals are quickly rescheduled, advertising agencies also will have to cope with the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial…

FCC Takes First Step Toward Organizing Spectrum Auctions

Genachowski names task force for years-long process

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, took the first step today toward conducting incentive spectrum auctions, naming a task force that will be headed by Ruth Milkman, the…

FCC Looks for More Answers in Verizon Cable Deals

Asks company for uncensored documents

Verizon Wireless' pending spectrum deal with four cable companies—which includes a joint venture with its former rivals—isn't going over smoothly with regulators or its critics. The Federal Communications Commission, one…

House Committee Sends FCC Reform Bills to the Floor

Dems object but fail to stall commission's Process Reform Act

Over the objections of House Democrats, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to send to the floor a bill that would transform how the Federal Communications Commission conducts its…

Broadcasters, Newspapers Call Media Ownership Rules Outdated

First round of comments filed with the FCC

The media landscape may have changed dramatically, but opinions about the Federal Communications Commission's rules governing media ownership haven't. In more than 25,000 comments received by the FCC by Monday, broadcast…

Acting Up Franken and Markey Move on Consumer Protection

Congressmen question mobile tracking

The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011 was introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) last June, a month after Franken held a mobile privacy hearing where executives from Google and…

FCC Seeks Comment on NFL Blackout Rule

League regs forced local TV stations to black out 16 games

Sports blackouts are a sure way to make fans cry foul. It’s one of the reasons the Federal Communications Commission wants to shine a light on National Football League local…

Lawmakers Fret Over Potential Super Bowl Blackout in Boston

DirecTV, Sunbeam urged to put aside differences for big game

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…

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