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FCC Public Notice Accepting Charter/TWC/Bright House Merger Applications for Transfer

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
2

On June 25, 2015, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse Partnership (together the “Applicants”) submitted joint applications to the Federal Communications Commission seeking consent to transfer control of various FCC licenses and other authorizations pursuant to Sections 214 and 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934. These transfers are a necessary component of proposed transactions through which Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Advance/Newhouse’s Bright House Networks will merge (the “Transaction”). The applications for transfer of control of the licenses and other authorizations referred to in this Public Notice have been accepted for filing upon initial review. [MB Docket No. 15-149]

AT&T: FCC Fine Is 'Indefensible,' 'Coercion'

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T has come out swinging at the Federal Communications Commission over the agency's proposed $100 million fine for allegedly violating the transparency rule in the FCC's 2010 network neutrality order, calling it "unprecedented and indefensible" -- and in part unconstitutional -- and saying a court will throw it out if it is imposed.

FCC’s Pai Pans Wireless Repack of TV Stations

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai has a host of serious bones to pick with the FCC's incentive auction plans — particularly repacking TV stations in the wireless band — and will make them clear to members of the House Communications Subcommittee in testimony scheduled for July 28.

Google Rolls Out New Consent Policy in European Union

Location:
Google
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
Recommendation:
2

Google said its AdSense advertising service for websites will require online publishers that get visitors from the European Union to specifically ask for consent to use their data, amid heavy regulatory scrutiny in the region.

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

Location:
USA
United States
Recommendation:
2

Hovering above all the brouhaha about Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential candidacy floats one critical question: Are we an electorate or are we an audience?

FCC's Pai Calls AT&T-DirecTV Conditions 'Forced Tribute'

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
3

Commissioner Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission outlined his partial dissent from the AT&T-DirecTV merger approval on July 27 with a lengthy statement. Commissioner Pai approved the underlying merger, as did all the commissioners. But he dissented from the "17 pages of conditions" put on the deal.

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