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Sohn Agrees to Temporary Recusals Before Senate Commerce Vote

Democratic FCC nominee Gigi Sohn told the FCC Thursday she will, if confirmed, recuse herself during the first three years of her term “from any proceeding before the Commission where retransmission consent or television broadcast copyright is a material issue.&rdquo…Subscribe to Read >>

FCC OKs Broadband Label NPRM, Revokes China Unicom Authority

FCC commissioners unanimously approved an NPRM on adoption of broadband consumer labels, as directed by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (see 2201260049), during their Thursday meeting. They also approved an order amending the definition of tribal libraries to clarify…Subscribe to Read >>

FCC Won't Roll 2018, 2022 QRs Together: Bureau Staff

The FCC is statutorily required to handle the 2018 and 2022 quadrennial reviews separately, said Media Bureau staff at an FCBA virtual panel Thursday. The law says the FCC “shall” review broadcast ownership rules every four years, and that means…Subscribe to Read >>

3rd Circuit Weighs Letting NJ Courts Take Lead on Cable Prorating

Judges wrestled with whether to let state courts handle Altice’s challenge of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities cable prorating rules, at virtual oral argument Thursday in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Cable Act preemption, judges were…Subscribe to Read >>

Indiana Senate Committee Passes Privacy Legislation

Indiana’s Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved privacy legislation Thursday modeled after Virginia’s new law. Several members said they need more information on a last-minute amendment before they can support the bill on the floor. The House hasn't introduced companion legislation…Subscribe to Read >>

Rural Healthcare, Radio Rules on Tap for Feb. FCC 18 Meeting

Citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare, the FCC will "bolster the commission's support for digital health solutions" by updating the rural healthcare program during the Feb. 18 commissioners' meeting, blogged Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel Thursday. They will vote…Subscribe to Read >>

Surprisingly Successful Peacock to Be Greater Focus: Comcast

With its Peacock streaming service growing faster than expected, Comcast plans to ramp up spending on content for it, executives told analysts during a quarterly call Thursday. CEO Brian Roberts said it will look at ways to expand its broadband…Subscribe to Read >>

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9th Circuit: Calif. Net Neutrality Law Not Preempted

California’s net neutrality law survived an appeal by ISP associations at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit panel agreed with the U.S. District Court in Sacramento, which last February denied a preliminary injunction against California’s 2018…Read More >>

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