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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…

March 8, 2012, 6:17 PM EST

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…

March 6, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

Broadcasters, Newspapers Call Media Ownership Rules Outdated First round of comments filed with the FCC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…

March 6, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

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…

February 13, 2012, 12:09 AM EST

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…

January 31, 2012, 7:04 AM EST

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…

January 24, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

AT&T Lashes Out at FCC's Bid for Flexibility in Spectrum Auctions Congress, not FCC, should set auction conditions, says AT&T

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. In…

January 13, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

High Court Hears Broadcast Indecency Cases Justices unlikely to toss all rules

There were no fleeting expletives uttered by the litigators or the Supreme Court justices during Tuesday's oral arguments over whether the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy violates the First Amendment.…

January 10, 2012, 4:43 PM EST

The Supremes Get Indecent Proposals As court revisits FCC's rule over broadcast indecency, agency, ABC and Fox gird for showdown

A Supreme Court hearing on the power of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadcast indecency set for Jan. 10 is sure to be, in the famous words of Vice…

January 9, 2012, 1:16 AM EST

FCC Pushes Out Media Ownership Rules Proposal codifies newspaper-TV combos held by Tribune and News Corp.

Once again, the Federal Communications Commission decided to move forward a major regulatory rule just before the holidays. Last year at this time, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski annoyed GOP lawmakers…

December 22, 2011, 5:39 PM EST