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FCC issues ‘de facto merger death sentence’ to Sinclair-Tribune deal – TechCrunch

July 19, 2018

A broadcast merger that has been the poster boy for the FCC’s pro-industry agenda has been ordered to undertake a lengthy and potentially embarrassing process that amounts to, in the words of one commissioner, a “de facto merger death sentence.” The proposed takeover of Tribune by Sinclair has been criticized by many as an unnecessary […]

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‘Serious concerns’ at FCC threaten to halt Sinclair-Tribune merger – TechCrunch

July 16, 2018

The FCC has been under serious scrutiny by citizens, advocates and politicians alike due to its laissez-faire attitude toward, in particular, the proposed Sinclair Broadcasting merger with Tribune. But the agency is showing some backbone today with a no-nonsense declaration that the merger can’t go through unless a few “serious concerns” are addressed. It’s not […]

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FCC looks to revamp children’s media rules, but advocates cry foul – TechCrunch

July 12, 2018

One of the FCC’s many jobs as a media regulator is to make sure there is adequate time being dedicated by broadcasters to educational content for kids. As the media landscape changes, however, so too should the regulations — and the FCC is looking to update its “Kid Vid” rules for the 21st century. But […]

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FCC has a redaction party with emails relating to mystery attack on comment system – TechCrunch

June 5, 2018

You may remember the FCC explaining that in both 2014 and 2017, its comment system was briefly taken down by a denial of service attack. At least, so it says — but newly released emails show that the 2014 case was essentially fabricated, and the agency has so aggressively redacted documents relating to the 2017 […]

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Geoffrey Starks nominated as FCC Commissioner to fill Democratic gap left by Clyburn – TechCrunch

June 2, 2018

The President has officially named Geoffrey Starks as his pick to fill the FCC Commissioner role left open by Mignon Clyburn’s departure. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirmed the news, rumored over the past few weeks, in a statement. “I congratulate Geoffrey Starks on his forthcoming nomination to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications […]

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FCC asks Amazon and eBay to stop selling fake pay TV boxes – TechCrunch

May 29, 2018

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and eBay CEO Devin Wenig asking their companies to help remove the listings for fake pay TV boxes from their respective websites. These boxes often falsely bear the FCC logo, the letter informed, and are used to perpetuate “intellectual property theft […]

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Representatives rip FCC Chairman Pai’s ‘lack of candor’ and double down on net neutrality questions – TechCrunch

May 23, 2018

Thirteen members of Congress have written to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai criticizing his “repeated evasive responses to our inquiries” and “outright refusal to respond to some of the members of this Committee.” Unsatisfied with the answers or evasions he has offered to date, they reiterate questions related to net neutrality and other issues that they’ve […]

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After Senate victory, House announces plans to force its own vote on net neutrality – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Hot on the heels of a surprising 52-47 Senate disapproval of the FCC’s new, weaker net neutrality rules, the House of Representatives will soon attempt to force a similar vote under the Congressional Review Act. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced in a statement and at a press conference following the Senate vote that he will […]

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Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

The Senate today voted 52-47 to disapprove the FCC’s recent order replacing 2015’s net neutrality rules, a pleasant surprise for internet advocates and consumers throughout the country. Although the disapproval will almost certainly not lead to the new rules being undone, it is a powerful statement of solidarity with a constituency activated against this deeply […]

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Senate votes today on rollback of net neutrality rollback – TechCrunch

May 16, 2018

Today’s the big day for the Senate’s big push to undo the FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order nullifying 2015’s net neutrality rules. A vote is scheduled for this afternoon on whether to repeal that order, though as of this writing the coalition is still one vote shy of making it happen. The vote is an […]

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