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FCC decision on auction discounts may derail Dish’s plans to compete

August 5, 2015 1:47 pm

In his heart, Dish chairman, president and CEO Charlie Ergen wants to take on AT&T and Verizon. But those dreams may be over, now that the Federal Communications Commission is likely to disallow $3.3 billion in auction discounts claimed by two companies that Dish backed with cash in the [...]

Walden to Wheeler: Don’t favor unlicensed users over LPTV

August 4, 2015 5:49 pm

The Federal Communications Commission should not sacrifice low power TV and translators in order to provide more unlicensed spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction. That was the message delivered in a letter Tuesday to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler from House communications and technology [...]

Senate Dems urge “extreme caution” on duplex gap

August 4, 2015 3:18 pm

A group of five Democratic Senators warned Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler that putting TV broadcasters in the duplex gap could inhibit live, local news, emergency communications and space for unlicensed uses. The FCC is set to vote Thursday on spectrum auction procedures [...]

Charter is “comfortable” with merger review process

August 4, 2015 11:32 am

The Federal Communications Commission hasn’t formally started its review of Charter Communications’ acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, but Charter, which is poised to become the third largest multichannel video provider and the second largest broadband [...]

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 [...]
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