Modernizing the Mother of All Media Regulations

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at long last announced its intention to reform its woefully outdated broadcast ownership rules. At its open meeting in November, the FCC plans to vote on an order eliminating the ban on owning a print newspaper and any radio or TV station in the same market; removing the restrictions … Continue reading Modernizing the Mother of All Media Regulations

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again – The FCC’s Ownership Rules Remain Stuck in 1975

During the past year, a number of industry trade associations have changed their long-standing names. First, the Consumer Electronics Association became the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), as the “hardware” term “electronics” no longer reflected the breadth of its membership. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association then dropped “cable” from its name, becoming “NCTA – The … Continue reading Let’s Do the Time Warp Again – The FCC’s Ownership Rules Remain Stuck in 1975

The Mandatory “Upgrade” the FCC Forgot

In a blog last week claiming credit for “upgrading” the FCC’s “media rules” to reflect today’s marketplace, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler neglected to even mention the mother of all media rules, the broadcast ownership restrictions. Unfortunately, this conspicuous omission should come as no surprise. Despite Congress expressly requiring the FCC to regularly update its ownership … Continue reading The Mandatory “Upgrade” the FCC Forgot

Double Standards, DISH and Designated Entities

The FCC should have been taking a victory lap following its $45 billion AWS-3 auction, which closed in late January. Instead, the agency was left fending off widespread criticism that “loopholes” in its auction rules effectively gave billions of dollars in subsidies to one of the largest corporations in the country. These criticisms arose from … Continue reading Double Standards, DISH and Designated Entities