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New US Regulation Raises Concerns Over Spying TVs And Obsolescence

Do you remember the big changeover to digital TV that made traditional antennas obsolete? Well, the US' Federal Communications Commission approved a new technology last week that could lead to a fresh round of obsolete devices and turn broadcast television into a data-collecting advertising machine. More »      

Trump's FCC Is About to Destroy Net Neutrality, and a Democratic Commissioner Is Calling Foul

Network neutrality is on its deathbed, and Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President Trump, is about to pull the plug. Pai could release a new set of rules as early as next week, according to two sources familiar with the agency’s process—while many Americans are distracted by Thanksgiving. Show More Summary

FCC scraps media rules preventing one company from dominating local news

2 days agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to scrap rules that prohibited companies from owning multiple news sources in a single region. Commissioners moved to eliminate the rules on a 3-2 vote, overriding objections that the move...Show More Summary

Thanks to the FCC, Christmas Comes Early for Pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcast Group

Christmas came early for Sinclair Broadcast Group, the pro-Trump local television goliath. On Thursday, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted on a series of actions that would eliminate regulations for local media...Show More Summary

FCC Paves Way for Sinclair to Dominate Seattle's Local TV News Market

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Katie Herzog Sinclair owns KOMO and could own rival Q13 soon too. William Thomas Cain/Getty This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed decades-old rules that could give conservative Sinclair Broadcasting a big boost in media markets across the country, including Seattle. Show More Summary

One Small Step for Cell Sites: FCC Finds that Replacing Utility Poles is Unlikely to Affect Historical Properties

The Federal Communications Commission has taken a very tiny step toward eliminating unnecessary obstacles to the installation of communications facilities on existing structures without triggering historic review obligations. For the...Show More Summary

FCC adopts new rules aimed at stopping robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a new set of rules today aimed at shutting down irritating robocalls. The commission says that it receives over 200,000 complaints per year concerning unwanted calls, including robocalls, most of which were banned by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2009. Source: FCC

FCC Gives Sinclair Broadcast Group A Gift By Eliminating Key Media Ownership Rule

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eliminated a rule that has existed for four decades, which prohibited corporations from owning newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market. The move will pave the way for further media consolidation and directly benefit companies like Sinclair Broadcast Group. Show More Summary

FCC plans to vote to overturn U.S. net neutrality rules in December: sources

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order barring the blocking or slowing of web content, two people briefed on the plans said. In May, the FCC...

The FCC could kill US net neutrality as soon as December

Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai is prepping to schedule a vote in December to nullify net neutrality principles in the US, which are currently in place to prevent internet service providers from blocking or delivering traffic from various sources at different speeds, reports Reuters. Show More Summary

FCC Readying Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules

“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission next month is planning a vote to kill Obama-era rules demanding fair treatment of web traffic and may decide to vacate the regulations altogether, according to people familiar with the plans,” Bloomberg reports. “The move...

Lawmakers Call for FCC Chair to Recuse Himself on Sinclair-Tribune

A group of 15 senators led by Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., ratcheted up pressure on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, calling on him to recuse himself from actions involving the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and...

TV ownership rules are changing and a Trump-friendly company stands to benefit

A series of moves by the federal government would help the nation’s largest owner of TV stations, Trump-friendly Sinclair Broadcast Group, grow even bigger. The Federal Communications Commission has approved … Click to Continue »

TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook

The same weirdly specific ads you see online that are tailored to your behavior soon could appear on your local television network, thanks to looming policy changes by federal regulators. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday on rules designed to promote the spread...

TV stations are about to track you and sell targeted ads, just like Google and Facebook

5 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

The same, weirdly specific ads you see online that are tailored to your behavior could soon appear on your local television network, thanks to looming policy changes by federal regulators. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday on rules designed to promote the spread of what it calls Next Gen TV, a new […]

Lawmakers Seek Probe Related to Sinclair-Tribune Deal

Two members of the House of Representatives are calling for an investigation into whether Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has been improperly clearing regulatory hurdles for the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s pending acquisition of Tribune Media, The Hill reports. “Reps....

House Democrats seek probe of FCC chairman’s treatment of Sinclair

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Two U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission inspector general to probe whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was biased in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is seeking approval of a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. Representatives Frank Pallone and...

Only Sinclair Can Save You

In an op-ed column in the New York Times on Thursday, Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, pitched a rather troubling proposal: that the FCC repeal its rule preventing a local broadcaster from also owning a daily newspaper, a radio station, in the same area. Show More Summary

Senator Al Franken floats net neutrality for websites

last weekNews : The Raw Story

While the Republican-controlled United States Federal Communications Commission prepares to roll back net neutrality rules for internet service providers, at least one Democrat is exploring the possibility of expanding such regulations to websites....

How Verizon and Comcast are working to ensure states don’t pass their own net neutrality bills

Some of the nation's biggest Internet providers want to make sure that, once the Federal Communications Commission votes to deregulate the broadband industry, states won't be able to set up their own, new regulations to replace them. Comcast and Verizon have both asked telecom regulators to make clear that the FCC's new policy on net neutrality — which could […]

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