The legal landscape of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), both before and after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required telemarketers last October to begin obtaining the “prior express written consent” of consumers to solicit them, is so densely packed that it is impossible, in limited space, to do more than scratch the surface of the terrain. […]
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON — Tom Wheeler, the cable industry lobbyist-turned Federal Communications Commission chairman, quickly won the support of cable providers Thursday when he announced his plan to combat television blackouts. Show More Summary
Pay-TV distributors and public interest groups cheered news that the Federal Communications Commission is considering new regulations for local television stations.
Does the Federal Communications Commission have it in for local broadcasters? Some insist that's the case. As expected, the FCC will vote on new rules next month that will make it a lot harder for TV stations to operate joint sales agreements, particularly in smaller and medium sized markets. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to consider tougher rules for local TV stations that would prohibit some of their joint negotiations with cable companies and limit deals between broadcasters to jointly sell advertising and share other services.
Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to ask the FCC to vote on a ban of some shared-service agreements in the commissions next meeting. The proposal is also expected to ban local stations from teaming up in retransmission...Show More Summary
In what came as little surprise, Dish Network has walked away with every one of the 176 spectrum licenses the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off in the PCS band last month, according to FCC documentation (pdf). And given that every other major carrier declined to participate, Dish […]
By Trefis: Dish Network (DISH) recently won the bidding for wireless broadband frequencies in all 176 U.S. markets auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Dish bid exactly the $1.56 billion it promised the FCC that it would spend in exchange for more flexibility in how it uses other wireless broadband frequencies. Show More Summary
This article originally published by The BRAD BLOG... The entire right-wing mediasphere flexed its powerful muscles last week against its only regulator, the Federal Communications Commission. It started when the new Republican FCC Commissioner,...Show More Summary
There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years. The Federal Communications Commission’s recent planShow More Summary
The Federal Communications Commission is not happy with several TV networks that played a trailer for the 2013 film “Olympus Has Fallen,” which used that familiar, jarring tone also used in tests of the Emergency Broadcast System. According to The Wall Street Journal, the FCC is attempting to fine Viacom, Walt Disney Co., ESPN and NBCUniversal. Show More Summary
When will advertisers learn not to use the broadcast emergency alert signal in an ad? And when will networks realize the Federal Communications Commission is dead serious about the integrity of the EAS system? A promotional ad for the film Olympus Has Fallen has earned Viacom, ESPN and NBCU the largest aggregate penalty ever imposed by the FCC. Show More Summary
In case it wasn't already clear, the Federal Communications Commission is serious about its crackdown on commercials that look or sound like the emergency alerts used during severe weather or natural disasters.
The US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) released this week an iPhone and Android Speed Test app which measures your mobile broadband performance, and displays results of download and upload speeds, latency, and packet loss. The...Show More Summary
The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on a study that sought information on the how local radio and television stations cover news.
Like an eBay listing for a vintage Def Leppard concert T-Shirt, the Federal Communications Commission’s first spectrum auction in six years reached its reserve price of $1.56 billion and then promptly came to a halt with no further bids. Given the lack of carrier interest in […]
The Federal Communications Commission has released its FCC Speed Test app, which allows iOS users to measure and record the speeds of their broadband connections. Data can be tracked over time. The app is crafted with privacy in mind; the developer notes that testing is anonymous. Show More Summary
The Federal Communications Commission's spectrum auction for the rights to select airwaves in the 1900MHz PCS band ended Thursday. Total bids for the auction reached $1.564 billion, which was the reserve price set by the FCC. At stake...Show More Summary
The Federal Election Commission is deadlocked on whether to exempt mobile ads from the disclaimers that appear by law on political messaging — throwing a wrench in the plans of a left-leaning communications firm and pitting its strategists against the FEC's Democratic appointees. The firm in question is Revolution Messaging, whose clients include MoveOn.org, Organizing […]
Although the Federal Communications Commission has already indicated it is reworking a survey that was criticized both inside and outside the regulatory agency because it sought information about news operations of radio and TV broadcasters, a prominent lawmaker wants the study killed outright.