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Court decision means full speed ahead on incentive auction

June 15, 2015 9:41 am

Tom Wheeler’s legacy as the Federal Communications Commission chairman who transformed national spectrum policy is one step closer to reality after a federal court rendered a decision that will allow the FCC to go full speed ahead. The D.C. court of appeals Friday denied broadcasters petitions [...]

Disney refuses to run Verizon ads in New York

April 23, 2015 6:17 pm

Disney told Verizon Thursday it would not be running Verizon ads for Custom TV in New York, Verizon said. The ad spat follows ESPN objections to Verizon’s new Custom TV packages, that its contracts clearly state that ESPN and ESPN2 may not be distributed in separate sports packages. Launched [...]

Advertisers oppose Illinois data breach bill

April 23, 2015 3:02 pm

While the advertising community supports a federal data breach standard to pre-empt a patchwork of 47 state laws, it is fighting back against an Illinois data breach bill. The bill, SB 1833, would add consumer marketing information to the definition of personal information, requiring breach [...]

Verizon and Level 3 ink interconnect deal for public IP networks

April 23, 2015 12:16 pm

Verizon and Level 3 Communications  signed an interconnect agreement for their respective public IP networks. The two companies agreed to add capacity and establish new interconnection locations with a goal of improving Verizon’s content delivery network (CDN). The deal does not address what [...]

FCC gets a net neutrality friend in court

April 22, 2015 4:18 pm

Public Knowledge,  a DC-based public interest group, has filed with the DC court of appeals in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s open internet order. The group filed a motion to intervene in the USTelecom Association’s late March lawsuit against the FCC, expecting that its [...]

Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letter Act forwarded to full committee

April 22, 2015 1:48 pm

A bill to rein in abusive demand letters sent by patent assertion entities—the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letter (TROL) Act —was passed by the House commerce, manufacturing, and trade subcommitee on a 10-7 party line vote, advancing to the full commerce committee. Four amendments were [...]

FCC’s Gigi Sohn gets bigger role at agency

April 20, 2015 7:36 am

Gigi Sohn is getting a bigger and more visible role at the Federal Communications Commission in the new position of counselor to the chairman. In her new post, she’ll stand-in for FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on a variety of public forums. She’ll also continue in her current role as [...]
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