23Feb

Does the FCC Want to Postpone the Incentive Auction?

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Original Article by Harry Cole and Ashley Ludlow, CommLawBlog Publicly, the Commission appears determined to proceed full speed ahead, but a couple of FCC pleadings to the D.C. Circuit suggest otherwise. Pretty much since the FCC set out on its headlong race to design and implement the upcoming Incentive Auction, one of the Prime Directives […]
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22Feb

comScore Aims To Take Measured Bite Out of Nielsen.

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Original Article by Inside Radio Nielsen enjoys a virtual monopoly on U.S. radio measurement, but on the TV side, comScore is aiming to challenge its longtime dominance. The digital measurement provider will offer numbers for broadcast TV, over-the-top streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and mobile and desktop viewing starting in April—in time for […]
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22Feb

Smith: Spectrum’s Higher, Better Use Is Still Broadcasting

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith says that while viewers may like to catch a movie on Netflix or Amazon, when they want to catch a child abductor or be alerted to dangerous weather, they won’t get it from video streaming services hungry for more bandwidth. […]
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22Feb

The Murky State of Rules on Broadcast Advertising of Marijuana Products in States Which Have Legalized its Sale or Use

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog Broadcasters, like other federally regulated industries, continue to be leery about advertising for marijuana, even in states where cannabis dispensaries have been legalized for medical or even recreational use.  This week, the NY Times ran an article about companies trying to provide ways for dispensaries to use […]
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18Feb

FCC Launches Study Programming Diversity

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Original Article by TVNewsCheck The FCC today issued a notice of inquiry on the state of independent and diverse programming. The NOI was approved unanimously by the commissioners. The NOI asks for comment on the principal challenges independent video programmers face in gaining carriage of their content on both traditional and emerging distribution platforms. The commission […]
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17Feb

Drones and Newsgathering? Now May Not Be The Best Time …

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Original Article by Kevin Goldberg, CommLawBlog It seems like everybody’s been talking about drones and the myriad ways that they will make our lives better. Even we here in the CommLawBlog bunker have devoted considerable attention to the topic (although we’re trying to get our readers used to the proper terminology: as far as the […]
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17Feb

Ted Cruz Demands Takedown of PAC Ad Attacking His Voting Record – Issues that Broadcast Stations Need to Consider When Threatened by Candidate Wanting an Ad Pulled

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Original Article by David Oxenford, Broadcast Law Blog According to Politico, Ted Cruz’ campaign has demanded that TV stations pull certain PAC ads which he claims distort his voting record on immigration issues. This kind of claim from a political candidate about the unfairness of attack ads is common. Here, Cruz’ representatives apparently don’t threaten […]
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16Feb

FCC Proposes Voluntary Set-Top Privacy Quid Pro Quo

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Original Article by John Eggerton, Broadcasting and Cable FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to require third parties to agree to voluntarily adhere to existing privacy regulations to get access to set-top data, according to an FCC official familiar with the plan. In an interview in The Washington Post last week, Wheeler talked up his set-top […]
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16Feb

The FCC Has Written Good Contest Rules, Now You Should Too

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Original Article by Lauren Flick, CommLawCenter The FCC’s new Licensee-Conducted Contest Rule became effective this past Friday.  Under the new rule, a broadcast licensee conducting a contest still has the obligation to disclose the material terms of the contest “fully and accurately” and to conduct the contest substantially as announced.  However, as we wrote last September, […]
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