With broadcasters having more leverage in retransmission negotiations since new regulations were put in place in 1992, the FCC voted unanimously to review the rules that govern retransmission consent negotiations between pay-TV operators and broadcasters.
Former Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell thinks senior members of the Commerce Committees in both the House and Senate will introduce legislation, perhaps by the end of this month, to free up more spectrum for auction that is currently held by government agencies.
The CWA has asked that federal and state regulators in the 11 states where Verizon operates wireline networks investigate its claims that the telco is not performing necessary repairs and upkeep on its copper landline networks. It has filed letters to regulators in six states and Washington, D.C.
As expected, the FCC's five commissioners voted unanimously to review rules governing retransmission consent negotiations between pay-TV operators and broadcasters.
Frontier Communications has received the FCC's approval for its proposed acquisition of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas, clearing an important federal hurdle to complete the company-changing deal.
A four-year-old discrimination complaint filed against Cablevision by programmer Game Show Network (GSN) is about to finally be ruled on by an administrative law judge.
The FCC's proposal to realign its Lifeline service program to focus on providing low-cost broadband services is being met with objections from a number of state and local government officials.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, thinks the FCC should not impose minimum service standards on Lifeline phone service providers as it seeks to revamp and reform the program. TracFone has around 4.4 million qualified low-income households currently enrolled in its SafeLink Wireless Lifeline program, and is the country's leading provider of Lifeline-supported services.
Apple and Cisco Systems are collaborating to optimize Cisco's networking gear for iOS enterprise users, part of a larger push Apple is making to get its iPhones and iPads into more business customers' hands.
A week after facing down Sinclair Broadcast Group in a heated retransmission negotiation that involved the blackout of 129 stations, Dish Network was sued by a single CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. for allegedly coming up short on retransmission payments.