Congress' input will be important in considering the future of net neutrality and changing overreaching regulations, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said in a recent interview. Thune also said he favors broadband privacy rules created in 2016, and he spoke about advancing 5G with the Mobile Now Act.
FX was the biggest winner of Sunday's Writer's Guild Association Awards, fueled by two wins for new series "Atlanta." The network brought in four awards, including Best Drama Series for "The Americans" and Best Adapted Long Form Show for "The People v. O.J. Simpson."
A total of 106 complaints have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission over pop star Madonna's Women's March speech last month, which included vulgar language and a statement regarding "blowing up the White House." Seventy-four complaints were aimed at CNN, with the majority of complaints overall questioning why a tape delay wasn't used during the broadcast.
Stephen Bannon's role as White House chief strategist may spell changes for Breitbart, which was formerly overseen by Bannon. The news outlet could receive "most-favored media status," and it is likely to "embark on its new chapter with a growing number of its alums in positions of government power," Manuel Roig-Franzia and Paul Farhi write.
Comcast has debuted its Tech ETA for Xfinity smartphone app users in Charleston, S.C. The app will provide Comcast users with notifications 30 minutes before a technician arrives, with an additional notification sent upon arrival, as well as a photo of the technician and a vehicle description.
Altice's Patrick Drahi is discussing US expansion of the company and an initial public offering to bring in investors, but the company may face market challenges, writes Leila Abboud. "Drahi will need to be reasonable about the IPO price despite his reputation as a fearsome deal negotiator," Abboud writes.
National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith offered praise for Ajit Pai and discussed how Pai's role as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will benefit the future of broadcast in this C-SPAN interview. Smith also talked about broadcast innovation, including Next Gen TV and AM revitalization.
Radio is important for the country music industry, as it draws big audiences and helps artists develop in their careers, says John Esposito of Warner Music Nashville. "Terrestrial radio is still the No. 1 discovery method for new music in the country genre," Esposito notes.
Three out of four women who work full-time listen to music while they work, and 54% of those women listen via the radio, per a study from Alan Burns and Associates and Strategic Solutions. The study found that of those listening to music, 40% tune in to terrestrial radio, while 14% listen to streaming AM/FM stations.
WDAY 970 AM, out of Fargo, N.D., is shedding light on issues military veterans face through its show "Heroes of the Heartland." The show is hosted by Master Sgt. Eric Marts, and it focuses on bringing awareness to issues faced by veterans and their families, obtaining donations and supporting the "Homes for Our Troops" charity, which provides mortgage-free housing to veterans.
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