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FCC's Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position House subcommittee hearing turned into a grilling of sorts

What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new…

May 20, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

Lawmakers Pressure the FDA to Regulate E-Cigs With New Report Marketers accused of targeting kids and teens

A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers in Congress are hoping their new report on e-cigarette marketing will motivate the Food and Drug Administration to move quickly to regulate e-cigarettes the…

April 14, 2014, 4:06 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

Influential Rep. John Dingell to Retire From Congress Lawmaker leaves a lasting mark on commerce committee

The longest-serving lawmaker in congressional history, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the 113th Congress. He will have served 29 terms. Dingell, an undisputed…

February 24, 2014, 10:31 AM 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

Lawmakers to FDA: Regulate E-Cigarettes Presentation compares cigarette and e-cigarette ads to make the case

In its heyday, cigarettes were one of the biggest advertising categories. That's just what a growing number of policymakers fear will happen with electronic cigarettes. Hoping to convince the Food and…

November 4, 2013, 4:55 PM EST

Lobbyist's Email Shows How Not to Make Your Case Time Warner Cable email to GOP touches a nerve with Dems

It's no secret in Washington that Time Warner Cable has been one of the biggest proponents of retransmission consent reform. The cable company has devoted considerable financial and lobbying resources…

October 4, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT

Wireless Spectrum Auction Depends Increasingly on Broadcasters House oversight addresses how FCC can make it successful

Perhaps the best chance Washington has to alleviate dropped calls, limited data services and other mobile nuisances caused by a lack of wireless spectrum is the Federal Communication Commission’s auction…

July 23, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

Déjà Vu at House Hearing on FCC Process Reform Little agreement between GOP and Dems

It was déjà vu today when a House subcommittee once again revisited a pair of bills aimed at reforming how the Federal Communications Commission does business. Democrats didn’t like the bills…

July 11, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

Hearing on Satellite TV Act Turns Into State of Video Hearing Should the video marketplace be completely deregulated?

A hearing on a 25-year-old law law governing whether or not satellite TV services can carry out-of-market signals quickly broadened into a discussion on the state of video. “I’m open to…

June 12, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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