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FCC Votes 4-0 for Hearing Order Even After Sinclair Offers Changes to Tribune Deal

The FCC voted to unanimously approve the draft order designating Sinclair's proposed purchase of Tribune for an administrative law judge hearing, the agency announced Wednesday evening, noting the document will be released Thursday. This came the same … Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Proposes 15-Year Extension of Jurisdictional Separations Freeze; NARUC Official Critical

The FCC proposed to extend by 15 years a freeze on federal-state separations rules apportioning rate-of-return telco regulated costs and revenue between interstate and intrastate jurisdictions. The commission made the proposal in a unanimous Further NPRM in docket … Subscribe to Read >>

EC Fines Google $5.1 Billion for Android Antitrust Breaches; Search Engine Vows Appeal

Google must pay a record 4.34 billion euro fine ($5.1 billion) and remove years-old illegal restrictions on Android device makers and mobile network operators or face stiff penalties for noncompliance, said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager Wednesday. Google breached … Subscribe to Read >>

NARUC Clears Resolutions on Lifeline, Separations, IP CTS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Application programming interfaces must be included in the Lifeline national verifier so carriers can help low-income fund recipients with enrollment, said a NARUC resolution passed Wednesday. NARUC cleared that and other resolutions on separations, IP captioned … Subscribe to Read >>

FTC Members Want Data Security Law; Simons Would Start Breach Proceeding—If He Could

The U.S. needs data security legislation, which could strengthen FTC civil penalty authority and deter repeat offenders, Chairman Joe Simons and Commissioner Rohit Chopra told the House Digital Commerce Subcommittee Wednesday (see 1807160051). During the new commission’s first … Subscribe to Read >>

Carr Defends Telehealth Pilot NOI Focus on Facilities-Based Providers; Seeks Media Rule Update

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said a telehealth inquiry's facilities-based focus is aimed at advancing broadband access through a pilot program, but is open to discussion. At a Wiley Rein event Wednesday, Carr outlined his views on a draft notice … Subscribe to Read >>

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Even After Sinclair Changed Divestiture Plans, HDO OK'ed 4-0 and Issuance Expected Thursday

With FCC members having unanimously approved a hearing designation order on Sinclair buying Tribune, the agency said Wednesday evening that the HDO will be released the next day. That was despite the companies changing their plan earlier Wednesday. Some of the divestitures that would have gone to broadcasters linked to Sinclair would instead be sold to others once buyers were found. … Read More >>

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