Federal regulators indicated last week that they would take a hands-off approach to regulating the spread of broadband nationally. The Federal Communications Commission panel charged with overseeing broadband deployments will issue "voluntary blueprints" for states and cities rather than mandates, FCC senior counsel Nicholas Degani said.
Enterprises with 500 or more employees are more likely to be satisfied with their telecom service, says a report from J.D. Power, which sees the small- to medium-size business market as a growth opportunity for telecoms. The report, which grades larger telecoms and cable companies, gives Verizon and AT&T the highest grades.
The Justice Department has begun discussing with AT&T and Time Warner officials what it might take for the government to approve the companies' proposed $85.4 billion merger, sources say.
LG Electronics has introduced five internet of things sensors meant for use in home automation systems, all connecting to the company's SmartThinQ mobile application. The sensors can detect carbon monoxide, the opening and closing of doors, movement, smoke and water leaks.
The New York Times has requested an apology and a retraction from "Fox & Friends" regarding the story "NY Times leak allowed ISIS leader to slip away." New York Times communications executive Danielle Rhoades Ha wrote that Fox did not confirm facts or reach out to the news outlet; a Fox executive fired back that Ha did not reach out until Sunday afternoon for a story that aired Friday evening.
Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy is asking the Federal Communications Commission to delay its review of Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media. Ruddy says that taking comments on the proposed deal "makes no sense" when regulation changes may be on the horizon, and he is also concerned about the how concentrated media power will be after the acquisition.
The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it will ask the court to make DIRECTV pay $3.95 billion if the company is found guilty in an ongoing case involving its sales and marketing practices. The money would be added to a fund that would be used to compensate eligible customers affected by those practices.
Mainstream media's misrepresentation of events and reporters seeking to sway public opinion is driving the public to rely more heavily on independent news organizations, writes Armstrong Williams. Distrust of the national media is sending viewers back to local news outlets, showcasing the need for mainstream media to provide fair and balanced coverage, Williams writes.
The Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., would provide an easily accessible database of straightforward information on copyright holders. "[T]he goal of the proposed database bill is to facilitate music licensing transactions and create a win-win for both copyright owners and music users," said Radio Music Licensing Committee Executive Director Bill Velez.
Google launched its YouTube TV service in 10 new markets this week, including Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C. The service runs $35 per month and includes live local feeds from the four major broadcast networks, as well as cable networks such as ESPN and AMC.