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Biography for Matt Daneman

Matt Daneman, Senior Editor, covers pay TV, cable broadband, satellite, and video issues and the Federal Communications Commission for Communications Daily. He joined Warren Communications in 2015 after more than 15 years at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, where he covered business among other issues. He also was a correspondent for USA Today. You can follow Daneman on Twitter: @mdaneman

Recent Articles by Matt Daneman

Don't expect big changes in the next-generation 911 draft order that's set for a vote during the FCC commissioners' open meeting Thursday, a 10th-floor official tells us. While the order should help facilitate the NG911 transition, a quicker route would come if Congress found the roughly $15 billion that states and localities likely need for deployment, said Jonathan Gilad, National Emergency Number Association (NENA) government affairs director. Minus federal funding, "it will always be a haves and have-nots situation," with some localities and states more financially able than others to afford the transition, he said. The FCC said the order is aimed at accelerating the NG911 rollout (see 2406270068).Read More >>

Many space operators continue assailing the FCC's idea of a 100 object-years cap, reply comments in docket 18-313 show. However, SpaceX remains a staunch defender of object-years. The object-years approach -- capping at 100 the number of years failed satellites in a constellation could remain in orbit -- also came under fire last month in the agency's orbital debris docket record refresh (see 2406280009). In addition, there remains a schism over the idea of adopting aggregate, system-wide collision risk metrics.Read More >>

Multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and independent video programming interests remain miles apart over the FCC's proposed restrictions on carriage agreement terms. In reply comments (docket 24-115) posted Tuesday, MVPDs reiterated their assertions (see 2406100005) that most-favored-nation (MFN) and alternative distribution method (ADM) contract terms ultimately benefit programmers and viewers, while programmers said such terms are smothering their ability to compete.Read More >>

Paramount Global's pending deal with studio Skydance Media shouldn't face notable objections from the FCC or DOJ, we are told. The $8 billion agreement sees Skydance founder-CEO David Ellison and his family, along with private equity firm RedBird Capital, buying National Amusements Inc., which has a controlling stake in Paramount. The Skydance investor group would then combine Skydance with Paramount. The transaction includes a $1.5 billion infusion into Paramount to reduce debt and for strategic initiatives. Paramount said it expects to close the deal by Sept. 30, 2025.Read More >>