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Quadrennial Review and UHF Discount Elimination Draft Orders Circulate

A draft media ownership quadrennial review order and a draft item that would eliminate the ownership UHF discount were circulated on the eighth floor Monday, FCC officials told us. As expected (see 1606140052), the media ownership draft order … Subscribe to Read >>

Telecom, Media Cash Not Poised to Bolster Trump Presidential Bid

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump may struggle to win over big donors from the telecom and media industry, political observers told us. Trump faces a tough initial fundraising shortfall compared to Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton, ending May … Subscribe to Read >>

Incompas, Verizon Propose 3-Tiered BDS Framework Along With Rate Cuts

Incompas and Verizon suggested a new framework for streamlining FCC treatment of business data services (BDS), also called special access services. In a joint letter to the FCC Monday in docket 16-143, Incompas and Verizon proposed creating … Subscribe to Read >>

US Telecom Companies Said Trying to Sort Through Brexit Implications

Major U.S. telecom companies, from equipment makers to the major carriers, have business ties to the U.K. so the U.K. decision to exit the EU likely has implications for American companies as well, industry officials said. Companies like Verizon … Subscribe to Read >>

Verizon, XO Defend Deal Before Regulators

Verizon and XO Communications responded to competitor attacks Friday at the FCC and the New York Public Service Commission as regulatory reviews moved along on Verizon’s bid to buy XO and its wireline assets. On the federal side, the … Subscribe to Read >>

U.S.-EU Digital Policy Partnership Strong Despite Brexit, Officials Say

The U.K.’s vote last week in favor of leaving the EU won’t change the fundamentals of EU digital policy or the trans-Atlantic partnership with the U.S. on digital issues, said European Commission Director General-Communications Networks, Content and Technology … Subscribe to Read >>

CTIA, CCA Encourage FCC to Modify Siting Rules

CTIA and the Competitive Carriers Association encouraged the FCC to act on proposed amendments to the nationwide programmatic agreement (NPA) on collocated facilities to speed deployment of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells. The Wireless Bureau proposed the … Subscribe to Read >>

California Governor Supports CPUC Overhaul

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) backed revamping the California Public Utilities Commission as proposed by Democratic state legislators, said a news release Monday. Brown worked out a deal with Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D), who supported the proposal and … Subscribe to Read >>

3rd Circuit Largely Gives Viacom, Google Win in Suit Alleging Illegal Data Collection

A three-judge federal panel Monday largely tossed out a class action lawsuit that accused Google and Viacom of illegally collecting personal data of children younger than 13 who watched videos and browsed the Nickelodeon website. The 3-0 decisionSubscribe to Read >>

Goodlatte, Grassley Tell NTIA IANA Transition 'Premature'

The House and Senate Judiciary committees' leaders raised concerns Monday about the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) transition. They said in a letter to NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling that ICANN’s IANA transition-related plans and NTIA’s evaluation of … Subscribe to Read >>

Building Local Affiliates Into CBS All Access Had 'Huge' Challenges, Conference Told

CAMPBELL, California -- Building access to CBS “live linear channels” was the one “component” of CBS All Access, the subscription-based over-the-top service launched in October 2014 (see 1605190045), that had “huge” challenges, said Jon Mantell, vice president-CBS digital … Subscribe to Read >>

More Groups Warn CO on DMCA Agent Renewal Requirements

Additional groups warned the Copyright Office Friday against using a rulemaking to reduce the fee significantly for online service providers to designate agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 512 as a way … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Net Neutrality Ruling Seen as Enabling Further ISP Regulation

Net neutrality rules upheld Tuesday by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit panel (see 1606140023) don't materially affect how ISPs operate, but there is fear the Title II Communications Act classification of broadband opens the doors to numerous other FCC regulations, cable ISPs and others told us. "With the degree of control and oversight the FCC has under Title II, there might be all kinds of regulations," said Tom Simmons, Midcontinent Communications chief of staff. Cable consultant Steve Effros agreed the FCC, backed by the ruling upholding broadband as a Title II telecom service, "can do a whole lot of things, including total rate regulation." … Read More >>

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