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May 7, 2012

Analysis: Murdoch’s Fox TV licenses seen surviving UK scandal

By Jasmin Melvin and Yinka Adegoke

(Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch faces limited risk of losing News Corp’s broadcast permits in America, even amid screaming headlines in Britain that the media mogul is unfit to run a major company.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has the power to deny a license renewal if it finds the license is not being used by people of good “character” who will serve “the public interest.”

May 7, 2012

U.S. Senate confirms two communications regulators

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate confirmed
President Barack Obama’s picks to fill vacant seats at the
Federal Communications Commission, ending a months-long wait for
the nominees, who found themselves tangled in wireless startup
LightSquared’s fight for survival.

The Senate on Monday unanimously approved Jessica
Rosenworcel, a Democrat, and Ajit Pai, a Republican, to serve as
commissioners and return the panel to its full five-member
strength.

May 3, 2012

Broadcasters withdraw “white spaces” challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Association of Broadcasters said on Thursday it was dropping its court challenge of rules that allow the unlicensed use of empty airwaves between existing broadcast channels.

These airwaves, called “white spaces,” allow signals to travel faster, penetrate walls more easily and cover larger geographical areas than the current spectrum used for WiFi.

May 2, 2012

U.S. FCC sides with Bloomberg over Comcast dispute

May 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission
on Wednesday told Comcast Corp that it must place
Bloomberg LP’s financial news channel near other independent
news channels in its channel lineup.

Bloomberg last June filed a complaint with the FCC, accusing
Comcast of violating a “neighborhooding” condition of its merger
with NBC Universal that requires the cable operator to put
similar channels in the same place in the lineup.

May 1, 2012

U.S. FCC extends review of Verizon cable deal

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission said on Tuesday it would extend its
review of proposed multibillion- dollar airwaves deals between
Verizon Wireless and several cable operators to account for
filing delays.

The FCC said it would add 21 days to what is typically a
180-day review because Verizon Wireless and the cable operators
failed to meet filing deadlines for additional information the
agency requested.

Apr 27, 2012

US broadcasters to post political ad buys online

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – Political advertising
contracts with U.S. broadcasters are moving from filing cabinets
in television studio basements to the Internet for all to view.

The Federal Communications Commission adopted a rule on
Friday that will force broadcasters to reveal online who is
paying for campaign ads and just how much they are shelling out.

Apr 24, 2012

Rivals seek delay of Verizon cable deal review

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – Sprint Nextel Corp,
DirecTV and others asked U.S. communications regulators
on Tuesday to suspend their 180-day clock for reviewing proposed
multi-billion dollar airwaves deals between Verizon Wireless and
several cable operators.

Along with public interest groups and trade organizations,
Sprint and DirecTV argued that they and smaller players, who
could be seriously affected by the deals, need more time to
study the deal.

Apr 10, 2012

U.S. wireless carriers to create database to fight phone theft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers representing 90 percent of subscribers will on Tuesday announce the creation of a database of unique cell phone IDs to help prevent theft and reactivation of stolen or lost devices, which often contain sensitive personal data.

The shared database will be up and running in the United States in six months and the carriers plan to expand it globally over 18 months, said the Federal Communications Commission, which along with the carriers will unveil the scheme.

Mar 29, 2012

US lawmakers push Web giants to give users privacy

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) – Internet companies and
advertisers got a nudge from U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to
voluntarily give consumers greater control over the personal
data collected when they surf the Web, or else face legal
mandates to do so.

Federal regulators and lawmakers are hoping they can
pressure Web giants into adopting “Do Not Track” buttons on
Internet browsers and to give users transparency into how their
online data is collected, used and sold.

Mar 28, 2012

Online advertisers cautioned against privacy blunders

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – Online advertisers facing
scrutiny from governments wanting to give Internet users more
control over personal data online were urged at an industry
conference on Wednesday to avoid privacy blunders that could
undermine calls for self-regulation.

The White House and U.S. Federal Trade Commission have
unveiled privacy frameworks that rely heavily on voluntary
commitments by the advertisers to address lack of controls over
the collection and trading of vast amounts of detailed
information about the online activities and real-life identities
of consumers.

    • About Jasmin

      "After graduating from Howard University, Jasmin joined Reuters as an intern in the summer of 2008. She was hired after that summer as a news assistant in the Washington, DC bureau, covering energy, agriculture, commodities and economic indicators. She now reports on the FCC, telecom issues, the technology industry's influence in Washington and other policy stories. Follow her on Twitter @jasminmelvin"
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