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Google, NAB tops media/marketing/tech lobby list

July 21, 2015 7:01 am

Google’s company-wide effort to control costs hit its lobbying budget, which was down 16 percent in second quarter. But the company still spent more than the other 65 media, marketing, and consumer tech firms tracked by KatyontheHill. Of the top five, the search giant spent $4.62 million [...]

Google, others partner with ad industry to block data center bot traffic

July 21, 2015 6:00 am

To thwart ad bots that cost the digital advertisers billions a year, the advertising industry has partnered with Google to give its latest effort some technical fire power. Google’s Anti-Fraud Working Group has agreed to give the industry’s Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) access to its [...]

Lawmakers request GAO report on credit monitoring services

July 20, 2015 6:02 pm

Offering free credit monitoring services to consumers has been a standard practice in the wake of data breaches. But do they do any good? House energy and commerce leaders from both sides of the aisle requested the Government Accountability Office undertake a review of credit monitoring services [...]

Here are the witnesses for #SubCommTech broadband hearing

July 17, 2015 2:57 pm

Here is the witness lineup for the House communications and technology subcommittee’s hearing on promoting broadband infrastructure investment next Wednesday: Michael Slinger, director, Google’s Fiber Cities Craig Moffett, industry analyst, MoffettNathanson Jonathan Adelstein, PCIA-the [...]

FCC’s MVPD proceeding: the next divisive issue

July 17, 2015 2:00 pm

Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify some online video providers as multichannel video programming distributors is going to be another divisive, partisan issue—an all-too familiar pattern at the agency. The gist of the proposal would result in over the top [...]

T-Mobile pays $17.5 million to FCC over 911 outages

July 17, 2015 11:08 am

T-Mobile will cough up $17.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission over 911 outages that prevented consumers from reaching first responders. On August 8, T-Mobile’s nationwide 911 network went out twice for a total of three hours, affecting almost all of T-Mobile’s 50 [...]

FCC starts process on Mediacom’s retrans petition

July 17, 2015 10:25 am

As the retransmission debate in Washington cranks up yet again, the Federal Communications Commission is taking up Mediacom Communications’ petition calling for the FCC to prohibit TV stations from blocking online programming during negotiations. Comments on Mediacom’s petition are [...]
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