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  • FCC passes rules banning extra-loud commercials

    12/13/2011 12:35:41 PM PST · by americanophile · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/13/11 | Lucy Madison
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve rules implementing legislation that makes it illegal for advertisers to pump up the volume during television commercial breaks. The law, called the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, aims to answer the complaints of Americans who have for years protested that commercials are too loud. "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today took a major step toward eliminating one of the most persistent problems of the television age - loud commercials," the FCC said in a statement following the passage of the CALM rules. "Congress gave the Commission, for the...
  • SEC Cracking Down on LightSquared's Falcone?

    12/10/2011 10:47:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 10, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Billionaire Phil Falcone, whose cozy relationship with the Obama Administration was first exposed by NLPC, may face civil fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to a filing yesterday by Harbinger Group Inc., Falcone and two other directors have received "Wells Notices," meaning that they are under investigation. Falcone is the Chairman, CEO and primary investor in Harbinger Group Inc., a hedge fund. Reportedly, other Harbinger investors include Soros Fund Management. Harbinger owns LightSquared, which has received an unusual waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy a national 4G wireless network. Media reports have...
  • U.S. executes another round of Web site takedowns (Are we next?)

    11/26/2011 6:35:55 PM PST · by Cacique · 34 replies
    CNET ^ | 11-26-2011 | Edward Moyer
    As Cyber Monday draws near and debate continues about the Stop Online Piracy Act, the U.S. government has again seized a bevy of domain names it says belong to Web sites that deal in counterfeit goods. Blog TorrentFreak ran a list of more than 130 domains it said were seized by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division as part of "Operation in Our Sites." TorrentFreak called the move the largest such round of seizures to date.
  • FCC in uncharted terrain on AT&T-T-Mobile

    11/25/2011 10:03:07 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/24/11 | KIM HART
    Faced with an unprecedented turn of events, the Federal Communications Commission must figure out how to handle the AT&T/T-Mobile deal now that the companies have asked to withdraw their applications from the agency. AT&T and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom asked the FCC on Wednesday night to dismiss their merger applications without prejudice, which means the companies would be free to refile an amended application at any time. The companies made clear that they plan to continue to fight to win approval from the Justice Department, either at trial or through a settlement. FCC officials have three options: • They can...
  • Obama’s FCC Honcho Genchowski Wants To Further Centralize News Outlets

    11/20/2011 10:15:21 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 23 replies
    America's Party News ^ | Nov. 20, 2011 | John L. Work
    A few years back, in the early 2000s to be exact, my son was writing for a tiny monthly independent newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The tilt of the outlet was decidedly left, but nevertheless the paper was its own self-contained entity and answered to no one but its own publisher.  David told me several times during his early journalistic days that the greatest danger the country was facing was the growing corporate centralization of news control.  From twenty-four or so corporations that once owned news media outlets, the number had shrunken to seven, he told me.  At the moment, I can...
  • Grassley: FCC Stonewalling on LightSquared Scandal Documents

    11/10/2011 9:52:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 10, 2011 | NLPC Staff
    Has Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), met his match in Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)? Genachowski, a buddy of President Obama from Harvard Law School, has brought a culture of wheeling and dealing to the FCC, on whose decisions billions of telecom dollars often ride. Grassley says that he will hold up two nominations for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until the Commission provides documents that he has requested relating to LightSquared, a broadband company owned by the Harbinger Capital hedge fund. LightSquared is at the center of a scandal involving accusations made first by...
  • Vote to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules Expected This Week

    11/08/2011 9:32:14 AM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-11-08 | [Staff]
    On Thursday, the Senate is expected to vote on S.J.Res.6, the resolution to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules. This legislation only needs 51 votes, thus making a handful of Democratic votes critical to its passage. The House already passed a similar resolution in April, making the Senate the final step in getting the resolution of disapproval of the Net Neutrality rules to President Obama’s desk before they are implemented on November 20. Notably, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), a long-time advocate for Net Neutrality, sent a letter to her colleagues in the Senate this morning urging them to vote in...
  • Grassley to White House: Cough up LightSquared docs or I’ll block FCC nominees

    11/07/2011 9:19:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/7/11 | Michelle Malkin
    GOP watchdogs on Capitol Hill continue to chip away at White House stonewalls. When last we visited the LightSquared scandal, one of the shady company’s partners was going under here in Colorado despite a $267 million fed loan and officials at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration were playing disclosure-ducking games. The FCC is engaging in hide-the-docs, too. Sen. Charles Grassley has vowed to block Obama’s FCC nominees until the panel coughs up requested info: The controversy over satellite-LTE carrier LightSquared could prevent the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from filling two vacant seats if a U.S. senator follows through on...
  • FCC Cracks Down on Religious Broadcasters...

    If a church broadcasts the word of God on TV without closed captions, it risks incurring the wrath of the FCC. Some 300 small- to medium-sized churches can expect letters from the commission within the next few days explaining why their closed captioning exemptions were lifted for TV shows like “Power in the Word” and “Producing Kingdom Citizens.” The FCC has been mailing the letters for the past few days to churches from Maine to California, explaining that the hundreds of exemptions are now rescinded and giving the programmers 90 days to reapply. The churches were granted FCC exemptions from...
  • LightSquared: GPS industry has campaign to discredit company

    10/12/2011 3:14:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2011 | Brendan Sasso
    Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared's vice president of regulatory affairs and public policy, accused the Global Positioning System (GPS) industry of trying to manufacture a political scandal to discredit his wireless company on Wednesday. "[GPS companies] have completely mischaracterized the political donations [LightSquared investor] Phil Falcone and our CEO [Sanjiv Ahuja] have made," Carlisle said after a House Small Business Committee hearing. When asked whether he believes the GPS industry has pushed negative political stories about LightSquared, Carlisle said, "There's no doubt in my mind. Of course they have. It's not like this stuff just shows up for no reason whatsoever." Republican...
  • FEMA,FCC Announce Nationwide (November 9, the public will hear a message("This is a test." )

    10/12/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT · by TaraP · 20 replies
    FEMA ^ | June 9th, 2011
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The nationwide test will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. eastern standard time and may last up to three and a half minutes. The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. NOAA's National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to...
  • Grassley Asks for FCC Records, White House Contacts (Obama tied to LightSquared scandal)

    10/07/2011 11:54:16 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Bloomberg/AOPA | 10/7/11 | Engleman
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  • F.C.C. Plans to Overhaul Telecom Fund to Focus on Expanding Broadband

    10/07/2011 4:31:19 AM PDT · by abb · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 7, 2011 | Edward Wyatt
    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlined a plan to transform the Universal Service Fund, an $8 billion fund that is paid for by the nation’s telephone customers and used to subsidize basic telephone service in rural areas, into one that will help expand broadband Internet service to 18 million Americans who lack high-speed access. The chairman, Julius Genachowski, said the overhaul of the fund would eliminate waste and inefficiencies in a program that is outdated, unfair and not accountable to the consumers who support it through monthly assessments on their phone bills. An F.C.C. official, who...
  • Big Time Scandals by Obama Administration Too Small for Investigation by Mainstream Media?

    10/01/2011 9:37:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | October 1, 2011 | Jerry McConnell
    Since Obama’s inauguration in January 2009 there have been several major scandals in which his Administration has been involved, principally, Operation Fast and Furious the government sponsored sale of guns to small time gun sellers along our border with Mexico; the failed ‘Stimulus’ loan of multi-millions to Solyndra and LightSquared, two small businesses that were Obama preferred for loans. All three of these Obama Administration ventures were major failures involving scandalous behavior. ...Is the entire communications arm of our country becoming beholden to Obama and his scandal ridden administration peopled by socialist, communists who break our laws with impunity and...
  • Action Needed: Obama's Internet Takeover to Begin Nov. 20

    09/28/2011 2:06:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Grassfire Nation | Grassfire Nation [alert@grassfire.net]
    Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took what is being called "the final step" towards implementing their illegal Net Neutrality regulations. You may recall, that back on December 21, the FCC bypassed government regulations and seized control of the Internet -- delivering what many believe is a knockout blow to one of the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the world has ever seen. According to the organization Less Government, regardless of a multiple lawsuits, a move by the House of Representatives and a D.C. Circuit Court unanimously ruling that the FCC had no authority to take...
  • Shot Clock to Kill Net Neutrality Begins

    09/27/2011 12:45:53 PM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2011-09-27 | [Staff]
    On Monday, the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules were finally published in the Federal Register, starting a 60-day shot clock to kill the rules before they become law on November 20. Net Neutrality, which regulates how service providers manage network data, represents the government’s first major foray into micromanaging the Internet. And, as we’ve pointed out before, the FCC approved the rules without showing of consumer harm or legal justification. Already, the U.S. House has passed a joint resolution (H.J. Res. 37) that would nullify the regulations. The Senate now has 60 days to send the measure to President Obama’s desk....
  • Govt’s Illegal Net Neutrality Internet Takeover to Begin November 20th – But It Can Be Stopped

    09/24/2011 12:39:06 PM PDT · by shield · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 23th September 2011 | Seton Motley
    The Federal Register’s publication of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Net Neutrality regulations happened this week. That is the final step towards their illegal implementation on November 20th. The Federal Communications Commission on December 21st illegally voted themselves – in 3-2 Democrat Party-line fashion – Internet Overlords with their unauthorized imposition of the job-killing regulatory nightmare that is Network Neutrality. The opposition to this unauthorized power grab was nearly universal. The D.C. Circuit Court had already unanimously ruled that the FCC had no authority to do it. The House of Representatives almost immediately passed to overturn the order a...
  • Comcast launches $10 internet access (updated)

    09/22/2011 5:54:30 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 13 replies
    Beta News ^ | 9/20/11 | Tim Conneally
    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen this morning announced the official nationwide launch of "Internet Essentials," the program that will provide low-cost Internet services, affordable computers, and digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program. "Broadband is our central platform in this 21st century for economic growth, innovation, and information. Broadband can be the great equalizer – giving every American with an Internet connection access to a world of new opportunities that might previously have been beyond...
  • LightSquared: Obama's Dangerous Broadband Boondoggle

    09/20/2011 11:09:58 PM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 21, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    If you thought the half-billion-dollar, stimulus-funded Solyndra solar company bust was a taxpayer nightmare, just wait. If you thought the botched Fast and Furious border gun-smuggling surveillance operation was a national security nightmare, hold on. Right on the heels of those two blood-boilers comes yet another alleged pay-for-play racket from the most ethical administration ever. Welcome to LightSquared. It's a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP Sen. Jim DeMint's apt phrase), campaign finance influence-peddling and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one. The company is building "a state-of-the-art open wireless broadband network." Competition in the industry is a good...
  • DoJ not meeting with members about AT&T

    09/20/2011 2:44:54 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 9/20/11 | TONY ROMM
    House Republicans should not expect a briefing soon from the Department of Justice on AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, now that the agency is proceeding with a lawsuit to block the deal on antitrust grounds. The agency on Monday declined a request made earlier this month by Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Greg Walden of Oregon and Joe Barton of Texas, key Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee. The lawmakers asked both DOJ and the FCC in a letter for a meeting so members could learn more about their proceedings. The lawmakers also said they had “specific concerns” at...