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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

While the FCC argues that its proposed MVPD early termination fee (ETF) and prorated refunds rules aren't rate regulation (see 2311220047), industry likely will oppose any draft order on rate regulation grounds, cable lawyers tell us. Whether the draft NPRM on this month's open meeting agenda gets Republican commissioner support is unclear, a 10th-floor aide tells us. The NPRM is the second refund-related video programming item before commissioners, with the chairwoman's office in October circulating a draft NRPM requiring MVPDs to refund subscribers affected by programming blackouts due to retransmission consent negotiations (see 2310110075). The aide said the chairwoman's office hasn't pressured the regular commissioners regarding the blackouts item, and the 2018 quadrennial review has overshadowed it.Read More >>

Multiple U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Wednesday of regulatory agency power when it comes to handling adjudications differently from court proceedings -- specifically the right to trial by jury (docket 22-859). The SEC, in SEC v. Jarkesy, is seeking to overturn a 2022 decision by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting the agency's administrative judgment in a securities fraud case. The appellate court decision was seen having implications for administrative law judge (ALJ) power at regulatory agencies broadly, including the FCC (see 2205260050).Read More >>

The U.S. Supreme Court might opt to avoid likely fights over the FCC's digital discrimination rules or proposed Title II net neutrality rules, Andrew Schwartzman, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society's senior counselor, told Communications Daily this month. In an extensive sit-down interview, Schwartzman spoke about his long career as a public interest advocate within telecommunications, evolution of that domain, and how the FCC's net neutrality regulatory push is not merely a repeat of the past. The following transcript of our conversation was edited for length and clarity.Read More >>