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House Subcommittee Sends Reauthorization of Satellite Bill to Full Committee GOP and Dems worked out differences except on joint sales agreements

With a few tweaks, the House communications and technology subcommittee advanced a bill that reauthorizes the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act for five years. The bill now goes to…

March 25, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

Dems Find Fault With Draft to Reauthorize Satellite Bill Politics could derail proposal

A proposed bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, or Stela for short, may please broadcasters, cable and satellite companies, but politics on the communications and technology…

March 12, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

Broadcasters Quash Proposal to Change Basic Tier Rule [Updated] Draft bill won't kick broadcasters off

Update: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the communications and technology subcommittee, on Thursday released a discussion draft to reauthorize the law that allows satellite providers to carry distant TV signals…

March 6, 2014, 7:32 AM EST

Finally! FCC Kills Newsroom Study Critics claimed it violated press freedom

The Federal Communications Commission finally killed the study that caused an uproar because it called for researchers to query the stations it licenses and newspapers about how they make editorial…

February 28, 2014, 5:19 PM EST

Broadcasters Howl Over Proposed Changes to Carriage Rules Add-ons could kick them off basic cable tier

Broadcasters are girding for a knock-down drag-out fight over a parade of horribles that might be added to the reauthorization of a little-known cable law commonly known as "Stela." The…

February 28, 2014, 4:37 PM EST

GOP Wants FCC Newsroom Study Gone for Good Rep. Walden to introduce legislation and hold hearing

Even though the Federal Communications Commission chairman said the agency would stay out of the newsroom in a proposed study of the media marketplace, GOP leaders want to make sure…

February 25, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

Congressional Dems Introduce Bill to Restore FCC's Open Internet Rules Bill could serve to nudge FCC's Wheeler to act soon

The debate over net neutrality in Washington is just getting started. Just days after President Obama pledged during a Google+ hangout that he supported net neutrality, Democrats rallied in Congress…

February 3, 2014, 3:54 PM EST

New FCC Chairman Gets an Earful From House Panel Tom Wheeler's honeymoon didn't last long

There has been no honeymoon for Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. On his 39th day at the regulatory agency, Wheeler got an earful from the…

December 12, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

Bipartisan FCC Process Reform Bill Gains Momentum New version has strong Democratic backing

After three years of going nowhere in the Senate, a bill to reform how the Federal Communications Commission does business may finally get passed, now that it has Democratic backing.  The…

December 11, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

Is the FCC's Latest Study an Attempt to Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine? Required broadcasters to give equal time to competing views

A new study proposed by the Federal Communications Commission caught the wrath of 16 GOP members of the Commerce Committee, who see it as a sneaky way to bring back…

December 10, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

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