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Articles by Kathryn Bachman

DC cheers NFL move to suspend blackout rule

March 23, 2015 4:47 pm

The National Football League has called time out on its blackout rule for local broadcasts for the upcoming the 2015 season. The rule, which prevented local TV stations from broadcasting home games when the team fails to sell out the stadium, didn’t win the league any fans in Washington. [...]

FCC shackles TV station with record indecency fine

March 23, 2015 2:04 pm

Broadcast indecency enforcement is back in vogue at the FCC. The commission said today it would fine WDBJ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. owned by Schurz Communications, the maximum penalty of $325,000 for airing graphic sexual images as part of a news story during its 6 p.m. newscast. [...]

FTC beefs up tech expertise with new research office

March 23, 2015 11:08 am

The Federal Trade Commission is embracing its nickname as the Federal Technology Commission, opening up a new Office of Technology Research and Investigation. FTC’s chief technologist Ashkan Soltani, who joined the FTC last fall, described the creation of the new office in a blog post Monday. [...]

House goes hands on with the Internet of Things

March 23, 2015 5:56 am

As consumers, cities and businesses speed towards a Jetsons future, lawmakers are trying to keep up, holding the second of two hearings this year on the Internet of Things. Personal devices like watches, home automation tools like thermostats, and infrastructure systems like networked road sensors [...]

GOP keeps the heat on FCC’s Wheeler and net neutrality

March 23, 2015 5:53 am

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will be back in the witness chair this week, facing two more committees that intend to keep up the heat following the commission’s 3-2 party-line vote to treat Internet service as a utility. Having appeared last week before three committees–two House and one Senate, [...]

Net neutrality on the Presidential campaign trail

March 20, 2015 11:32 am

The FCC’s 3-2 party-line vote on net neutrality has not only stirred up a hornet’s nest on Capitol Hill, it’s also gotten some attention from would-be Presidential candidates out on the trail. While net neutrality is unlikely to be an issue that will win or lose the Presidency, it’s a [...]

FTC Staff Reportedly Wanted To Bring Antitrust Case Against Google

March 20, 2015 6:20 am

Courtesy: MediaPost Some staff at the Federal Trade Commission wanted to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google in 2012, according to documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reported on Thursday that FTC staff found evidence that Google leveraged its dominance in search [...]
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