While most of the million-plus net-neutrality comments delivered to the FCC recently have focused on the behavior of Internet service providers, the American Cable Association has formally asked the Commission to also consider Internet content, applications and service providers.
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that renews the compulsory license allowing satellite operators Dish Network and DirecTV to import distant broadcast network TV station signals into markets that don't have a particular network affiliate.
Mediacom has filed a petition for expedited rulemaking with FCC, claiming that Washington rules have resulted in a dysfunctional current state of affairs in which a small, consolidating, ever-powerful group of content giants are using coercive tactics to force bundles of programming on smaller pay TV operators.
The FCC has sided with independent pay TV operator Armstrong Utilities in a pricing dispute over the Root Sports Pittsburgh regional sports network (RSN).
In the busiest week yet for the FCC's ongoing revaluation of net neutrality policy, Comcast executive VP David Cohen told a Senate hearing that his company was not "blocking or degrading" video content on its network, and that Comcast would remain beholden to the FCC's net neutrality policy as a condition of its NBCUniversal acquisition approval in 2010.
The U.S. Supreme Court may have called Aereo a cable company, but that's not what the streaming service is in the eyes of the U.S. Copyright Office.
Comcast and TiVo are working on a new two-way solution that would enable the pay TV service's subscribers to access the full range of their Xfinity service on a TiVo set-top box purchased at retail, all without a CableCARD.
It's not just about Aereo. In its nebulous June 25 ruling against the streaming video company, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to kick the door wide open for Internet-based distributors to deem themselves cable operators under copyright law.
It's a small rural cable network, reaching about 40 million pay TV providers across the U.S., and focused on "bluegrass bands, farming news and Hee Haw reruns." (Hat tip, Philadelphia Daily News.) But with federal lawmakers concerned about the impact on specific consumer groups caused by two major pay TV industry mergers, RFD-TV has suddenly assumed a rather outsized influence.
After nearly five months of sturm und drang in the run-up to the regulatory approval process, the FCC has finally started the 180-day clock on vetting the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.