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FCC eliminates local studio requirement for broadcasters

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FCC eliminates local studio requirement for broadcasters

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted to eliminate a rule requiring television and radio broadcasters to maintain studios in the communities they serve. The FCC passed the proposal in a 3-2, party-line vote. Republicans argued that the nearly 80-year-old rule was outdated, given that consumers can access news about their communities online. “The record shows that main studios are no longer needed to enable broadcasters to be responsive to their communities of license,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. “That’s because the public these days is much more likely to interact with stations (including accessing stations’ public...

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Senate votes to kill FCC's broadband privacy rules

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Senate votes to kill FCC's broadband privacy rules

The U.S. Senate has voted to kill broadband provider privacy regulations prohibiting them from selling customers' web-browsing histories and other data without their permission. The Senate's 50-48 vote Thursday on a resolution of disapproval would roll back Federal Communications Commission rules requiring broadband providers to receive opt-in customer permission to share sensitive personal information, including web-browsing history, geolocation, and financial details with third parties. The FCC approved the regulations just five months ago. Thursday's vote was largely along party lines, with Republicans voting to kill the FCC's privacy rules and Democrats voting to keep them. The Senate's resolution, which now...

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How much havoc is caused by unwanted radio signals? FCC tries to find out

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How much havoc is caused by unwanted radio signals? FCC tries to find out

The US Federal Communications Commission is trying to figure out exactly how much trouble is being caused by radio noise. Many devices emit radio frequency energy that could interfere with radio services and increase the "radio spectrum noise floor," essentially the sum of all unwanted signals. The FCC is planning to study changes to the noise floor from human-made sources over the past 20 years. It's commonly believed that "the noise floor in the radio spectrum is rising as the number of devices in use that emit radio energy grows," but the FCC said it hasn't found much quantitative data...

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House votes to block FCC from regulating broadband prices

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House votes to block FCC from regulating broadband prices

In its guidelines for an open internet, the FCC gave itself the ability to regulate what internet customers in the US will pay for service by classifying broadband as a utility. The US House of Representatives is looking to take that power way, and today voted to pass H.R 2666, or "No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act." The bill has drawn criticism from both politicians and open-internet supporters for being vaguely worded and that it could allow service providers to sue the FCC for unrelated enforcement actions (like fines). President Obama already said he'll veto the legislation if...

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FCC not taking enforcement action on "Pirate Radio" stations

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FCC not taking enforcement action on "Pirate Radio" stations

Remarks made last week by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will likely fuel concern among broadcast industry observers who doubt the Federal Communication Commission’s commitment to enforcement. In his address to the PLI/FCBA 33rd Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy and Regulation in Washington, Commissioner Pai acknowledged the trend of fewer FCC enforcement actions and specifically mentioned the lack of attention given to pirate radio complaints. The FCC commissioner said an email he obtained from an unidentified whistleblower within the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau dated Oct. 28, 2014, included the following instructions from the bureau’s Northeast Regional Director to field agents: “We are...

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