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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. Launched in April, Sling TV challenges the traditional cable and satellite TV bundle by offering a slimmed-down package of fewer channels [...]

AMC warns of increased programming costs if FCC enacts MVPD reform

July 29, 2015 11:07 am

AMC Networks warned the Federal Communications Commission that reclassifying certain over the top services as cable services, would raise programming costs and do little to help online video distributors. The cable network company, which offers pay TV services channels that include The Walking Dead [...]

Over-the-top video firms push back against FCC MVPD rule making

July 27, 2015 3:07 pm

The nation’s biggest online video distributors would rather the Federal Communications Commission not do them any favors by regulating over the top services like cable. Representatives from Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple, companies that haven’t been regulated by the FCC, have been [...]

FCC’s Pai calls AT&T merger conditions a “regulatory wish-list”

July 27, 2015 12:04 pm

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai didn’t mince words in his dissent of the agency’s conditions on the AT&T-DirecTV merger, accusing the agency of ignoring its own authority to gain more control over the Internet and of imposing conditions that set a dangerous precedent. The FCC gave its final [...]

Zombie apps are next challenge in mobile ad fraud cleanup efforts

July 23, 2015 2:35 pm

Just days after the Trustworthy Accountability Group inked a deal with Google to swat back fraudulent ad clicks generated by data centers on behalf of unscrupulous publishers, an ad fraud detection and prevention company has revealed the scope of a new type of ad fraud. Forensiq has reported [...]

Senate, House commerce take a hard look at wireless broadband policies

July 23, 2015 10:59 am

Both the House and Senate commerce committees are scrutinizing spectrum and broadband policies and their impact on the nation’s wireless broadband infrastructure. Senate commerce chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) confirmed Thursday that the committee would kick-off a series of hearings on [...]
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