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 […]
With AT&T’s T-Mobile Merger All But Dead, It’s Time to Focus on Broadcasters
Congress, National Broadband Plan, Spectrum, Wireless
August 31st, 2011
WASHINGTON, August 31, 2011 – With the Justice Department’s announcement on Wednesday that it will contest AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, the attention should now turn to what some consider the deal’s key driver: getting more wireless spectrum into the hands of broadband providers.
Experts Debate Incentive Auctions at Brookings
FCC, Mobile Broadband, Spectrum, Wireless
May 6th, 2011
WASHINGTON May 6, 2011 -The Brookings Institution gathered key industry and government experts Thursday to discuss how solve the impending spectrum crunch through voluntary incentive auctions.
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.
Telecom Companies Are Using Fight Interrupting Oscar Ceremony Broadcast To Manipulate Public and FCC, Argue Broadcasters
May 21st, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2010 – U.S. telecom companies are using a high profile programming dispute this March to manipulate public opinion to skew the rules regarding retransmission consent fees against the broadcasting industry, its lawyers argued in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week.
“It is the petitioners themselves who are creating an artificial ‘problem’ and then asking the government to solve it,” according to the National Association of Broadcasters, and the associations for ABC, CBS, FBC and NBC affiliates.
FCC Considers Paying Broadcasters to Leave Airwaves
Broadband's Impact, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Wireless
February 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 11, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission is considering paying broadcasters to vacate airwaves the agency could use to alleviate network strain caused by the growing popularity of devices like smartphones, an FCC official told BusinessWeek.
Experts Debate Civil Rights Issues in Context of Broadband
Broadband's Impact, National Broadband Plan
January 25th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 25, 2010 – Broadband experts discussed civil rights issues surrounding a speedy internet and how best to close the digital divide at an event last week hosted by the Minority Media & Telecom Council at Howard University.
Cable, Satellite Execs Spar with Broadcasters on Retransmission Consent
February 25th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 25, 2009 – House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said it is important that Congress pass a bill preserving satellite viewers’ access to broadcast television. But new technology could make other compulsory licenses for broadcast programming obsolete.
Commissioners Welcome DTV Delay, but Concerns Remain on Consumer Outreach
February 5th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 5, 2009 – The three members of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday expressed relief over Congress’ Wednesday passage of legislation delaying the date of the digital television transition from February 17 to June 12.
White Spaces Battle Heats Up as Broadcast Networks Seek 'Time Out'
October 23rd, 2008
WASHINGTON, October 23 – The top executives of the four major broadcast networks on Thursday urged the head of the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote on a politically simmering issue that pits broadcasters against Google and high-tech executives.