The authoritative news source for communications regulation
A service of Warren Communications News

Today’s Top News

Pai Expected to Secure FCC Chairmanship After Trump Inauguration

Industry lobbyists and officials told us Friday that Commissioner Ajit Pai, the FCC's senior Republican, is being tapped to lead the agency as chairman on a permanent basis. Spokespeople for President Donald Trump didn’t confirm the reports. The FCC … Subscribe to Read >>

Wheeler Says Move to 'Gut' FCC, Shift Telecom Oversight to FTC, Would Be 'Tragic'

Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler warned against attempts to "gut" the agency, including by moving core telecom oversight functions to the FTC. He also defended the commission's actions on net neutrality, broadband reclassification, privacy, zero rating, the incentive auction … Subscribe to Read >>

Auction End Likely to Lead to TV Dealmaking

The end of the incentive auction is expected to bring a flurry of broadcast dealmaking, from licensees that didn't get what they wanted from the auction, pent-up demand, and the likelihood of ownership deregulation, said broadcast attorneys, analysts … Subscribe to Read >>

District WEA Test Seen Building Trust in Emergency Text-Message Alerts

The District of Columbia’s test of the wireless emergency alerts (WEA) system increased confidence in the critical communications system, said D.C. and industry officials last week. On the Sunday afternoon prior to Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump, the … Subscribe to Read >>

2 Split Decisions in Consensus-Driven FTC Reflect Philosophy, Not Transition, Say Experts

The FTC, which has been operating with two Democratic commissioners and one Republican since April, has often reached unanimity in its decisions. But in the days leading up to President Donald Trump's Friday inauguration the commission split 2-1 on … Subscribe to Read >>

5 HDR Technology ‘Amendments’ Loom for ATSC 3.0 Video Document, Says Richer

The A/341 document on ATSC 3.0 video and high dynamic range will go out in a matter of days for a four-week ATSC membership ballot that, if approved, will elevate the document to the status of a proposed standard … Subscribe to Read >>

FREE 30-Day Trial

Communications Daily is required reading for senior executives at top telecom corporations, law firms, lobbying organizations, associations and government agencies (including the FCC). Join them today!

Today’s Featured Article

ATSC 3.0 to Support Both HLG and PQ Transfer Functions for HDR, Says Richer

ATSC's Technology Group 3, which supervises the framing of ATSC 3.0, approved a ballot this week that would elevate the A/341 document on ATSC 3.0 video and high dynamic range to the status of a proposed standard, ATSC President Mark Richer emailed us Thursday through a spokesman. "The document includes support for HLG and PQ transfer functions,“ Richer said of the competing hybrid log-gamma and perceptual quantization approaches to HDR. It was Richer's first known public acknowledgement that ATSC 3.0 will support both HDR technologies. … Read More >>

Upcoming Events

Federalist Society and International Law Association event on international law in the "Trump Era," 8:30 a.m., Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center, 120 F St. NW — see here
Annual State of the Net conference, Newseum, Knight Conference Center — see here
Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting on nomination of Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen — see here
FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Office of Intergovernmental Affairs webinar on universal service programs, 2 p.m. — see here
New America event on whether the internet will always be American, noon, Suite 900, 740 15th St. NW — see here
Senate Commerce Committee executive session on communications bills including Mobile Now (S-19) and Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act (S-88), 253 Russell — see here
Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks with Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford, 4 p.m., Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East A — see here

Testimonials & Awards

“Communications Daily is a vital source for the latest industry news. Always well researched and concisely written, it is one of the primary must-read publications for our practice group.”
“We follow the FCC action closely so we find the articles Communications Daily produces of great interest and very timely. We are very pleased with the publication.”
“The bible of the telecom industry.”
“Can't imagine how I could start the day without Comm Daily!”
“Communications Daily is far and away the BEST source of information about regulatory, legislative and related business developments in the telecommunications industry. The level of detail is astounding, and with this detail CommDaily provides analysis that is not only insightful, but extremely objective. In short, it's a must-read, and you'll be glad you did.”
“Reading Communications Daily's succinct and timely coverage is one of my first priorities each business day. Comm Daily isn't just the news — it's an important business tool.”
“I've been reading Communications Daily at night before everyone else for 30 years. It's an indispensable source for news on industry that dives deeper than most publications and plays it straight down the middle. Communications Daily has solid reporters who don’t have an agenda.”
“Communications Daily is THE trade publication – it's the gold standard for the most substantive, real time information on hot issues that impact my clients or potential clients.”