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Breaker, breaker: FCC to create a citizens broadband service.

March 27, 2015 3:54 pm

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler shared with his commissioners Friday afternoon a draft order to create a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The service would unleash the 3.5 GHz band, a portion of the government spectrum that is speedy, but can’t travel long distances. Through new technology, [...]

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 [...]

Broadcasters sweat spectrum auction costs ahead of Thursday hearing

March 25, 2015 9:04 am

TV stations could be stuck with a big moving bill when the FCC rearranges the TV dial following the broadcast incentive auction of wireless spectrum planned for first quarter 2016. Congress set aside $1.75 billion in the law to help stations pay for the cost of moving from one frequency to another. [...]

Will Net Neutrality bust the FCC’s budget?

March 24, 2015 5:17 pm

The GOP continued to chip away at the FCC’s open Internet order Tuesday, using the commission budget as its latest cudgel. At a House appropriation subcommittee hearing, members heard another round of testimony from the dueling duo of net neutrality: chairman Tom Wheeler and GOP commissioner [...]

FCC shackles TV station with record indecency fine

March 23, 2015 2:04 pm

Broadcast indecency enforcement is back in vogue at the FCC. The commission said today it would fine WDBJ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. owned by Schurz Communications, the maximum penalty of $325,000 for airing graphic sexual images as part of a news story during its 6 p.m. newscast. [...]
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