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GOP keeps the heat on FCC’s Wheeler and net neutrality

March 23, 2015 5:53 am

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will be back in the witness chair this week, facing two more committees that intend to keep up the heat following the commission’s 3-2 party-line vote to treat Internet service as a utility. Having appeared last week before three committees–two House and one Senate, [...]

Will the FCC let radio cure digital motor mouth?

March 20, 2015 7:05 am

No, this isn’t about politically passionate talkers or over caffeinated morning zoo teams, but the disclaimers stations must run for sponsored music or sports programming.  Radio stations will sometimes digitally time compress sponsorship announcements to pack as much understandable information [...]

Support grows for FCC spectrum auction rule reform

March 19, 2015 12:23 pm

Commissioner Pai started it; Chairman Wheeler committed to it; now Congress is getting behind the effort to revamp FCC spectrum auction rules that facilitate small business participation in wireless auctions. The day after a contentious Senate commerce hearing which brought the auction [...]

Chairman Walden warms up before FCC hearing

March 19, 2015 8:04 am

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has a very long list of FCC procedures that he thinks needs fixing – issues he’s been trying to get lawmakers to address for the past three Congresses. Walden, a former broadcaster and station owner, previewed his list at a keynote speech Thursday morning at the [...]

FCC to reform wireless spectrum auction discounts for small business

March 19, 2015 7:30 am

Amid the partisan sparring over net neutrality at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing Wednesday, there was one brief moment of consensus.  The FCC rules that provide discounts to small businesses in its wireless spectrum auctions are slated to be  tightened up. Since the [...]

FCC’s Wheeler and Pai spar over net neutrality at Senate hearing

March 18, 2015 6:05 pm

A Senate commerce hearing headlined as oversight of the FCC quickly focused on one issue: the FCC’s divisive net neutrality order passed last month on a 3-2 party line vote. The Beltway debate over the FCC’s historic order is unlikely to subside any time soon, especially under a GOP-led [...]

FCC IG investigating process leading up to net neutrality order

March 17, 2015 1:11 pm

The FCC inspector general, David Hunt, has opened up an investigation into the commission process leading up to the net neutrality order, a process that has been under attack by the GOP since the commission passed the order on a party line vote last month. House oversight committee chairman Jason [...]
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