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FCC Media Deregulation Effort Likely Will Target 'Underbrush,' Not Controversial Items

The FCC proceeding on media deregulation likely will focus on “underbrush” rather than big ticket, controversial items, attorneys in the pay-TV and broadcast spheres told us. Though lawyers on both sides told us they expect broadcasters to file comments … Subscribe to Read >>

New FCC CSRIC Focusing on 911, Emergency Alerts, IoT

The FCC’s newly rechartered Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council, CSRIC VI, met for the first time under Chairman Ajit Pai, who stopped by to open the meeting. CSRIC V wrapped up work in March with little fanfare and … Subscribe to Read >>

Cable, DBS Again at Odds Over Regulatory Fee Parity; Wireline Reallocation Debated

Direct broadcast satellite and cable interests, which clashed over DBS regulatory fees in FY 2015 and 16 (see 1507080013 and 1607060023) are doing so again with the FCC FY 2017 fee proposal, as expected (see 1706050038) … Subscribe to Read >>

Rural Call Completion Draft Eyes Carrier Monitoring, Accountability, Not Data Collection

A draft FCC rural call completion NPRM proposes to replace the data-collection duties of certain carriers with performance monitoring and accountability requirements that the item says would be more effective and less burdensome. "We propose to hold covered providers … Subscribe to Read >>

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Today’s Featured Article

Scale, Not Content or Politics, at Issue in Sinclair/Tribune, Say Critics of Buy

Sinclair’s proposed buy of Tribune Media would put too many U.S. homes within reach of not enough voices, media consolidation opponents, union officials, academics and MVPD officials told us. After the $3.9 billion deal, the resulting company would reach 69.4 percent of U.S. homes. “I’m not sure it’s a great thing for the American consumer,” said DePauw University media professor Jeffrey McCall. Though some broadcast-side proponents of the deal said it’s necessary for Sinclair to grow to compete in the modern media market, analysts and broadcast officials said the transaction is intended to increase Sinclair’s reach and enhance the viability of the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. … Read More >>

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