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Google leads tech and tops broadcasters for Q1 2015 lobbying spending

April 21, 2015 9:54 am

In the first quarter of 2015, Google spent the most on lobbying of all the 67 media, marketing, and tech firms tracked by KatyontheHill. As a group, lobbying spending was up slightly in the most recent four quarters versus the full year 2014. Of the top five, the search giant spent $5.47million in [...]

Verizon launches mini-bundles over ESPN objections

April 21, 2015 8:43 am

Verizon launched its Custom TV packages on FiOS Tuesday despite ESPN’s objection that Verizon wasn’t authorized to put its channels in a separate package. The launch was on the same day the company held its first quarter call, giving CFO Fran Shammo the opportunity to counter ESPN’s [...]

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 [...]

CenturyLink is the latest to file against FCC net neutrality order

April 17, 2015 4:22 pm

The lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order are stacking up, with the announcement late Friday that CenturyLink has joined the parade. CenturyLink joins a growing list of petitioners that have appealed the FCC’s order in the D.C. circuit court of appeals, [...]

FCC names new deputy chief technologist

April 17, 2015 8:52 am

Alison Neplokh was named the FCC’s deputy chief technologist,  positions that are becoming more critical to the commission as it prepares to hold the broadcast incentive auction and increases its authority over net neutrality issues. She will continue her role as chief engineer with the [...]

Former FCC staffer joins iHeartMedia DC office

April 17, 2015 8:26 am

iHeartMedia is adding some strong FCC expertise to its government relations team, hiring Sara Morris as its new senior director of government affairs. An expert in telecommunications policy, Morris was most recently director of the FCC’s legislative affairs division, where she represented [...]

Internet pioneers to file lawsuit against FCC net neutrality order

April 16, 2015 5:18 pm

An ad hoc group of Internet gray beards, folks who can credibly claim they had a big hand creating the Internet we use today, intend to file a lawsuit and seek a stay against the FCC’s net neutrality order. Loosely called Tech Innovators, the group includes more than a dozen of the early Internet [...]
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