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Articles by Kathryn Bachman

Report: Political advertising to hit record $16.5 billion in 2015-2016

August 18, 2015 8:02 am

Political advertising is forecast to hit a record $16.5 in the two-year Presidential election cycle, according to a new report from Borrell Associates. Half of the spending will go to local elections, including governor races, ballot initiatives, state and city races. In 2016 alone, candidates [...]

Groups to DOJ: ASCAP BMI consent decrees provide important safeguards

August 17, 2015 6:34 pm

A group of 10 hospitality, tech and broadcast groups warned the Department of Justice that weakening the performance rights consent decrees covering ASCAP and BMI would harm both consumers and individual songwriters. The members of MIC (Music.Innovation.Consumers) Coalition also urged the DOJ to [...]

NTIA extends contract with ICANN by one year [updated]

August 17, 2015 5:52 pm

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration told Congress on Friday that it had extended its contract to provide key domain name server functions of the Internet with ICANN for one year to September 30, 2016. The U.S. announced its intent to transition the contract to ICANN in [...]

FCC votes unanimously to deny auction credits to Dish

August 17, 2015 5:31 pm

In a setback for Dish’s spectrum strategy, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to deny the $3.3 billion in auction credits to two small wireless companies in which Dish had a financial interest. Dish’s participation in the AWS-3 auction was widely criticized when it was [...]

FTC GOP commissioner Joshua Wright resigns

August 17, 2015 12:31 pm

Joshua Wright, one of two GOP commissioners on the Federal Trade Commission, is leaving the agency Aug. 24 to return to his prior post at George Mason University as professor of law and director of the Global Antitrust Institute at the Law and Economics Center. Wright has served on the commission [...]

Dish and Sinclair avert blackout; continue negotiations

August 16, 2015 7:36 am

Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to a “short-term contract extension,” giving the parties more time to come to terms over a carriage deal affecting 5 million Dish subscribers. The original contract between Dish and Sinclair was set to expire midnight Saturday. For now, [...]

Retrans fireworks: Dish files FCC complaint against Sinclair

August 15, 2015 8:23 am

Just as the Federal Communications Commissions begins to open up its Congressionally-mandated proceeding on retransmission consent negotiations, Dish and Sinclair Broadcast Group are giving the agency something to chew on. Dish filed a complaint with the FCC Saturday, accusing Sinclair of refusing [...]
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