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Broadcasters Say Media Ownership Rules Are Detrimental to Competition, Diversity
Media
Broadcasters Say Media Ownership Rules Are Detrimental to Competition, Diversity
2021-09-04 18:07:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Regulations governing the ownership of broadcast radio and television stations harms broadcasters’ ability to compete in the marketplace, stymies service to local communities and fails to promote diversity in ownership, the National Association of Broadcasters said in a... Read More

Over 5 Million Households Enrolled in Emergency Broadband Discount Program
Technology
Over 5 Million Households Enrolled in Emergency Broadband Discount Program
2021-08-27 14:11:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- More than five million households have enrolled in the emergency broadband benefit program since its launch in mid-May, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday. Coinciding with this milestone, the agency also began releasing more granular enrollment data to... Read More

Conservative Hoaxers Face $5.1M Fine for Election Robocalls
Law
Conservative Hoaxers Face $5.1M Fine for Election Robocalls

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two conservative hoaxers face a record $5.1 million fine for allegedly making illegal robocalls to wireless phones without the owners' consent in the 2020 election. The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that the proposed fine for... Read More

FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates
Telecom
FCC Affirms $25,000 Fine on Mobile Relay Associates
2021-07-13 19:56:58
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission affirmed a $25,000 fine Tuesday against Mobile Relay Associates for overuse of a shared spectrum channel and causing interference to other FCC licensees.  The first notice of violation against the radio communications company was issued in... Read More

Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
Technology
Federal, State Laws Should Bolster Social Media Accountability, Carr says
2021-07-12 17:12:25
by Victoria Turner

Reforming Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is not enough to curb the power of social media platforms, and should be bolstered by federal and state laws to enforce transparency, accountability and anti-discrimination, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said. ... Read More

Broadcasters Group Asks FCC to Toss Request for New Low-Power FM Class
Media
Broadcasters Group Asks FCC to Toss Request for New Low-Power FM Class
2021-07-07 20:05:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Association of Broadcasters is urging federal regulators to reject a request for a new class of low-power FM radio stations. The Federal Communications Commission established low-power FM radio in 2000 to create opportunities for more voices... Read More

Congressional Leaders Urge FCC to Perform Equity Audit
Congress
Congressional Leaders Urge FCC to Perform Equity Audit

Congressional leaders and a media advocacy group are urging the Federal Communications Commission to examine how policy decisions and programs have disparately harmed Black Americans and other communities of color, according to a letter sent Tuesday to the acting FCC... Read More

FCC Launches Largest Emergency Funding Effort to Close the Homework Gap
Education
FCC Launches Largest Emergency Funding Effort to Close the Homework Gap
2021-06-28 20:49:31
by Victoria Turner

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $7.2 billion toward a new Federal Communications Commission program, the Emergency Connectivity Fund. Starting Tuesday, June 29, and ending Aug. 13, the ECF will accept applications from schools and libraries to receive... Read More

Broadband Deployment Needs Flexibility, Not More Federal Red Tape
Technology
Broadband Deployment Needs Flexibility, Not More Federal Red Tape
2021-06-17 14:24:13
by Victoria Turner

A small community in Lincoln County, Maine, was recently denied a broadband deployment grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as satellite service provider ViaSat had already won the area in a Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction by the Federal... Read More

FCC’s Broadband Program Reaches 2.3 Million Households in Three Weeks
In The News
FCC’s Broadband Program Reaches 2.3 Million Households in Three Weeks
2021-06-07 18:15:20
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission announced today that 2.3 million households have enrolled in its Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, not even a month after its launch.    The subsidy program provides eligible households with discounted, high-speed broadband service as well... Read More

Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
Telecom
Broadband Deployment Needs Better Data, Flexible Approach
2021-06-03 19:53:25
by Victoria Turner

The Federal Communications Commission must be more “forward-looking” as the agency thinks of spending billions on high-speed broadband deployment, said Austin Bonner, wireline legal advisor for FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, at a Federal Communications Bar Association lunch-and-learn event Wednesday. In... Read More

Funds Increase for COVID-19 Telehealth Program
Health
Funds Increase for COVID-19 Telehealth Program
2021-05-19 19:41:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed applications for health care providers to apply for a second round of funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. “For over a year, health care providers have fought on the front lines of this pandemic... Read More

Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
Education
Subsidized Broadband Benefit Program Available for K-12 Today
2021-05-12 20:57:57
by Victoria Turner

Amanda Schermerhorn recently majored in political science at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. During the pandemic, she often had to use her Detroit Lakes campus free wi-fi from her car in the parking lot, along with other students, just... Read More

Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
Business
Black-Owned Businesses Lack Resources Amid Pandemic
2021-02-12 21:16:10
by Victoria Turner

The pandemic has made clear that broadband access goes hand-in-hand with economic opportunity, exposing the inequities and lack of resources for black-owned businesses across the country, according to Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission. Since the onset of... Read More

FCC’s Starks Aims to Focus on Digital Divide
Business
FCC’s Starks Aims to Focus on Digital Divide
2020-12-07 14:58:16
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications, including wireless companies, cable and internet providers, and broadcast stations. Of particular note, due to the prevalence of remote work and school in 2020, the agency also guides the... Read More

Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
Health
Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential for Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints
2020-09-08 15:13:43
by Reece Nations

Telehealth services have made substantial progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite the hardships the health care industry as a whole has had to endure. The concept of telehealthcare is now more widely accepted than ever before. In August, a bipartisan... Read More

Insurance Companies and FCC See Big Future in Telemedicine
Health
Insurance Companies and FCC See Big Future in Telemedicine
2020-07-16 13:46:31
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Whether due to office closures, fear of seeking medical assistance during the pandemic, or simply for convenience, the nation has seen a rise in telemedicine over the last four months. While telemedicine isn’t new, barriers to adoption, such... Read More

FCC Slaps Sinclair Broadcast Group With Record $48 Million Fine
Media
FCC Slaps Sinclair Broadcast Group With Record $48 Million Fine
2020-05-07 13:45:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $48 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission to resolve allegations it failed to disclose the sponsor of paid content and misled the agency during its failed merger... Read More

FCC Asks Supreme Court to Allow TV Stations to Own Newspapers
Media
FCC Asks Supreme Court to Allow TV Stations to Own Newspapers
2020-04-27 14:00:21
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission is asking the Supreme Court to review media ownership rules to allow broadcast stations to own newspapers. The FCC, along with the Justice Department, says the current regulations that prevent media companies from owning... Read More

FCC's Media Deregulation Plan Can't Go Forward, 3rd Circuit Says
Law
FCC's Media Deregulation Plan Can't Go Forward, 3rd Circuit Says
2019-09-23 20:48:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission must redo and better justify an order that eased restrictions on media companies wanting to consolidate their holdings in a single market, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The highly anticipated... Read More

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