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Cruz leads off TV ads for 2016

April 3, 2015 10:03 am

Ted Cruz campaign ads will air this weekend on local TV stations in Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and on Fox News. The TV buy – estimated at $33,000 – is the first TV buy of the 2016 Presidential campaign, according to a Washington Post report and confirmed by his [...]

Net neutrality sent to Fed Register–more lawsuits imminent

April 2, 2015 8:55 am

Internet service attorneys start your briefs. The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order was sent to the Federal Register on Wednesday, according to an FCC official. The order, passed Feb. 26, could be published within days, setting off the inevitable court challenges. The [...]

Charter to buy Bright House. A good omen for Comcast/TWC?

March 31, 2015 9:54 am

Charter Communications isn’t relying solely on the Comcast/Time Warner merger deal to grow its subscriber base. Charter, the fourth largest cable operator, today announced an agreement to buy Bright House Networks in a deal valued at about $10.4 billion.   Bright House is the sixth largest cable [...]

Comcast denies Apple NBCU spat

March 27, 2015 8:12 pm

The rumored programming standoff between Apple and NBCUniversal has been emphatically denied by Comcast, parent of NBCUniversal. In an ex parte filed on the FCC’s site on Friday, Comcast said it has not even been approached by Apple to provide programming for Apple’s rumored over [...]

FCC optimistic about broadcaster participation in spectrum auction

March 26, 2015 4:35 pm

Congress held its sixth hearing in two weeks with the FCC.  But this time, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler got a break, and Congress gave net neutrality a rest. Instead Congress  focused on the next major FCC project: the world’s most complex auction of wireless spectrum. FCC officials sought to [...]

FCC to re-jigger local TV market definitions for sat TV carriage

March 26, 2015 1:22 pm

The Federal Communications Commission wants to redefine local television market boundaries for satellite TV carriage in order to give satellite subscribers access to in-state news and other programming that they currently are can’t receive over the bird. The proposed rule, passed Thursday in [...]

Comcast now expects FCC to complete merger review mid-year

March 25, 2015 12:18 pm

Comcast said today it now expects the FCC to complete its regulatory review of the company’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable in the middle of the year. The cable and broadband giant had earlier estimated regulators would complete the review this month. “Given the FCC’s recent [...]
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