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Articles by Kathryn Bachman

Sprint on incentive auction: Show us the rules first

August 4, 2015 10:07 am

Sprint is still not ready to commit to bidding in the broadcast incentive auction, even though it has been one of several smaller carriers pushing the Federal Communications Commission for a larger spectrum reserve. The auction, planned tentatively for March 29, will be the last opportunity for [...]

Oral arguments in net neutrality case set for December 4

August 4, 2015 7:12 am

Mark your calendar. As promised, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has put the high-profile net neutrality court case on the fast track and will hear oral arguments on December 4. A decision could come as as early as spring of next year, about a year after the rules went into effect on June 12, [...]

Senator tries to get to the bottom of mobile payments battle

August 3, 2015 5:17 pm

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is trying to get to the bottom of reports that some retailers have blocked new mobile payment systems, like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, denying customers a secure payment option. A number of retailers such as Walmart, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, and CVS, all part of a [...]

Sling TV shames NBC TV for refusing to air its ad

July 31, 2015 2:38 pm

Dish’s Sling TV, a new over-the-top pay TV service, is trying to shame Comcast-owned NBCUniversal TV stations to air Sling TV ads in a number of markets. There are other new TV services that are currently on the market such as LightWave, so if you’re using one of those instead, you could [...]

ANA to FTC: Put a stake in the heart of ‘right to be forgotten’

July 31, 2015 9:35 am

The Association of National Advertisers is invoking the First Amendment in the brewing debate over the right to be forgotten, a European privacy policy that some privacy advocates and foreign countries would like to see imported to the U.S. Writing to the Federal Trade Commission Friday, the ANA [...]

FCC GOP commissioners: Get on with Charter merger review

July 30, 2015 3:21 pm

The two GOP commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission accused the agency of delaying the formal review of Charter Communications’ deal to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Earlier this week, the agency accepted the merger applications of the companies, but has [...]

Lawmakers: Consumers have no choice in pay TV set-top boxes

July 30, 2015 2:01 pm

A pair of Democratic lawmakers released a study Thursday that confirms what Americans already know: that they have little to no choice when it comes to the set-top video box that delivers their cable or satellite programming. Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) fielded the [...]
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