17Apr

FCC Frees up $742 Million More for Post-Incentive Auction Repack

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Original Article by John Eggerton   As promised, the FCC has released the second tranche of post-incentive auction repack funding, which is almost all of the original money allocated by Congress. It is allocating an additional $742 million (or 92.5% of total costs), with a tad left over for ($8 million), eventually, for “trueing up” […]
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02Apr

Will California’s Earthquake Warning System Run the Risk of Alert Fatigue?

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Original Article By KPCC Staff The choice comes down to seconds — but even that could be the difference between safety and harm. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey lays out the dilemma facing scientists working on earthquake warning systems: Do you alert early and often, or wait until you know it’s a strong […]
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27Mar

State Lawmaker Unveils Proposal to Preserve Net Neutrality in California

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Original Article by Jazmine Ulloa A state senator on Wednesday unveiled his full proposal to restore net neutrality in California, a set of rules to prevent internet service providers from manipulating or hindering access to online content. The latest version of Senate Bill 822 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would bar broadband companies doing business […]
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27Mar

Facebook Scandal Fuels Campaign to Protect Consumer Privacy

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Original article by Doug Sovern A statewide petition drive for a California consumer privacy protection measure is getting an unexpected boost from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the private information of 50 million Facebook users was sold to a British firm that used it to help elect Donald Trump president. The campaign was launched last […]
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27Mar

Pai Proposes Pruning More Broadcasting, Cable Regs

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Original article by John Eggerton The FCC will vote on two more deregulatory reforms in Chairman Ajit Pai’s continued effort to weed-whack rules he thinks should not still be on the books. The April 17 meeting will feature an order–final vote–on a reform teed up several months ago: Broadcasters without any revenue from ancillary or […]
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25Mar

New Math, Enforcement Bureau Style

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Original Article by Mitchell Lazarus, CommLawBlog Maybe we’re just not very smart, but we can’t figure out the FCC’s rationale for penalizing certain categories of wrongdoers. Take, for example, the case of Taylor Oilfield Manufacturing, Inc., located in Broussard, Louisiana, a short drive from the Gulf Coast. Its website says Taylor specializes in the manufacture […]
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22Mar

Updated Political Broadcasting Guide – Questions and Answers about Broadcasters’ Obligations During this Election Season

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog To help broadcasters sort out the confusing rules about political advertising, we have updated our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters (note that the URL for the updated version has not changed from prior versions, so your bookmarks should continue to work). The revised guide is much the […]
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