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Nov 14, 2013

U.S. FCC eases foreign investment limit for broadcast stations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to relax decades-old rules that effectively prohibited foreign owners from having more than a 25 percent stake in American TV and radio stations.

The unanimous vote by the five commissioners clarified the existing rules, making clear that the FCC is open to allowing bigger foreign stakes and would review each instance on a case-by-case basis to ensure it is in the public interest.

Nov 13, 2013

U.S. looking into cybersecurity incidents targeting Obamacare website

WASHINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are
investigating a series of cybersecurity incidents targeting the
HealthCare.gov website at the center of President Obama’s
healthcare law, a U.S. homeland security official told Congress
on Wednesday.

Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and
Communications, said her department was aware of “about 16″
reports from the Department of Health and Human Services – which
is responsible for implementing the healthcare law – on
cybersecurity incidents related to the website.

Nov 7, 2013

New FCC Regulator Affirms Support For Competition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three days into his job as the top U.S. telecommunications regulator, Tom Wheeler does not want to talk specifics about the Federal Communications Commission’s agenda but has a mantra that he repeats over and over:

“I am an unabashed supporter of competition.”

The Democrat now at the helm of the agency stressed that at his Senate confirmation hearing, and again on Wednesday when asked about his vision for the agency’s role in a rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

Nov 6, 2013

New U.S. telecom regulator affirms support for competition

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Three days into his job as the
top U.S. telecommunications regulator, Tom Wheeler does not want
to talk specifics about the Federal Communications Commission’s
agenda but has a mantra that he repeats over and over:

“I am an unabashed supporter of competition.”

The Democrat now at the helm of the agency stressed that at
his Senate confirmation hearing, and again on Wednesday when
asked about his vision for the agency’s role in a rapidly
evolving telecommunications industry.

Nov 6, 2013

With review of FCC, new chief sets path for U.S. telecom agency

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A fresh era started at the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday with a
30-minute speech to staff by the agency’s new chief, who
promised a more current and more nimble regulatory body.

“The industries with which we work are always taking
reasonable risks; I hope we won’t shy away from a similar
approach,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in his first public
comments since sworn into office a day earlier.

Nov 6, 2013

Vowing ‘new day,’ U.S. telecom chief kicks off review of FCC

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A fresh era started at the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday with a
30-minute speech to staff by the agency’s new chief, who
promised a more current and more nimble regulatory body.

“The industries with which we work are always taking
reasonable risks; I hope we won’t shy away from a similar
approach,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in his first public
comments since sworn into office a day earlier.

Nov 4, 2013

U.S. officials offer few concessions on NSA spying to privacy board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is open to some changes to how it conducts its phone and Internet surveillance programs as long as they do not undermine the programs’ effectiveness, U.S. officials told a privacy oversight board on Monday.

How exactly the U.S. phone and online data-gathering programs could strike such a balance – helping thwart terrorist plots while also protecting Americans’ privacy – is under review by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Nov 1, 2013

U.S. regulator considers end to sports broadcast blackout rule

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Federal Communications
Commission is considering whether to eliminate a decades-old
rule that prohibited broadcasting of some professional sporting
events, often NFL football games, in their home markets.

The FCC said on Friday its members are reviewing a proposal
to eliminate the nearly 40-year-old rule that was originally
meant to ensure broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local
ticket sales.

Oct 30, 2013

Nominee to lead U.S. telecom regulator approved after Cruz lifts hold

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday
approved Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, enabling the agency to start
operating under a permanent leader after a holding period of
several months.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz said earlier on Tuesday he had
lifted his block on the nomination after meeting with Wheeler
and receiving affirmation that the FCC would not pursue new
disclosure rules for sponsors of political ads.

Oct 29, 2013

Nominee for U.S. telecom regulator heads to Senate vote as Cruz lifts hold

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is expected
to take on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman
of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday after
Republican Senator Ted Cruz lifted his hold on the vote.

Cruz said on Tuesday he lifted his block on the nomination
after meeting with Wheeler and receiving affirmation that the
FCC would not pursue new disclosure rules for sponsors of
political ads.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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