Executives at AT&T and DirecTV Defend Their Broadband Merger Against its Critics
July 1st, 2014
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 – AT&T and DirecTV have no doubt their merger will actually strengthen broadband, competition and consumer choice, contrary to naysayers. Both companies had to fend off fears of market consolidation in back-to-back hearings on Tuesday, June 24, before the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee. This proposed merger isn’t like […]
Broadband Roundup: FBI after Chinese Hackers, AT&T after DirecTV, Congress after FCC Chairman Wheeler
Broadband Roundup, Broadband's Impact, Congress, FCC, Net Neutrality
May 20th, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 20, 2014 – On Monday, tensions with China over cybersecurity increased as the U.S. Justice Department indicted five Chinese military officers for stealing trade secrets from six United States companies. The Guardian quoted Attorney General Eric Holder as saying, “The range of trade secrets and other sensitive business information stolen in this case […]
FCC Probes Industry on USF Modernization
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Universal Service, Wireless
April 28th, 2011
WASHINGTON April 28, 2011 – The Federal Communications Commission gathered key industry experts on Wednesday to explore the different ways that the Universal Service Fund can be modernized to effectively deploy high speed broadband to rural America.
Walden Speaks On Net Neutrality, Spectrum At Cable Summit
Congress, FCC, House of Representatives, Net Neutrality, Public Safety, Senate, Spectrum
April 14th, 2011
WASHINGTON April 14, 2011 – Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, voiced his opposition Wednesday to network neutrality, supported increased oversight of the Federal Communications Commission and addressed how spectrum issues need to be explored with great caution at the American Cable Association summit.
American Cable Association Convenes Policy Summit
Broadband Mapping, FCC, National Broadband Plan, NTIA, Spectrum
April 12th, 2011
WASHINGTON April 12, 2011 – The American Cable Association (ACA) held its annual summit on Tuesday, featuring a keynote speech by Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
Federal Communications Commission To Update Media Marketplace Rules
FCC, Intellectual Property, Media
March 4th, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 4, 2011 — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday moved to tweak the rules governing the terms on which cable companies and satellite operators can re-transmit the signals of broadcasters in the wake of several high-profile disputes that often left consumers in the dark at critical programming moments.
American Cable Association Supports Creation of Connect America Fund
National Broadband Plan, Universal Service
July 15th, 2010
WASHINGTON July 15, 2010 – The American Cable Association has publicly endorsed the Federal Communications Commission’s plan for the creation of the Connect America Fund.
“Like the FCC, ACA is convinced that the time has come for the USF to focus on the infrastructure technology of the future: Broadband,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.
The National Broadband Plan calls for the creation of the Connect America Fund, and proceedings for the repurposing of the High Cost Fund began in March.
Will This Signal Be Televised? ‘Retransmission Consent’ Unscrambled At Breakfast Panel Of Broadcasters, Cable Industry and Public Interest Reps
Broadband TV, FCC, Media ownership, National Broadband Plan
June 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – If you missed Broadbandbreakfast.com’s panel session on retransmission consent fees, here’s your chance to catch up and re-examine the issues in a complex debate that’s been controversial since the enactment of the regime in the 1992 Cable Act.
Experts Debate Retransmission Consent Rules
Broadband Updates, Broadband's Impact, FCC
June 8th, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2010 – Retransmission consent rules were established decades ago and many communications experts are arguing that it’s time to reevaluate them. At a BroadbandBreakfast.com Intellectual Property Breakfast Club, members of the broadband environment voiced their opinions and concerns about retransmission consent fees
Distributors Should Provide Customers With Prominent Notice of Status of Programming Agreements, Says Local Broadcaster
FCC, Media ownership
May 26th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission could easily protect television viewers from having their programming disrupted by business disputes between broadcasters and program distributors by requiring the program distributors to conspicuously notify their customers of pending contract expirations, suggested an executive from a local broadcasting company in a recent filing with the commission.
The commission has asked for public input on the question of whether it should change its rules regarding retransmission consent fees, the fees and fee packages that cable, satellite and telecom companies pay broadcasters for carrying the signals to their own customers in addition to compulsory copyright licensing fees.