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September 30, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted on Tuesday to eliminate its sports blackout rules and CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reports that commissioners advised the National Football League not to try to keep their blackout policy going on their own.
“I hope that the NFL will not respond to today’s vote by digging in its heels,” Commissioner Ajit Pai said prior to the vote, Margetta reports (subscription).
July 14, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging that Amazon on numerous occasions billed customers for unauthorized “in-app” charges made by children, but several writers are raising questions about whether parents should take more responsibility in choosing what games their children have access to, and how the Federal Trade Commission should go about addressing such issues.
June 16, 2014
This morning’s Federal Register includes the annual notice by the Bureau of Land Management for the Burning Man festival, which, of course, counts Silicon Valley’s techies as one of its chief constituencies. It’s generally a ho-hum, 4,000-word document of dos (uh, be cool) and don’ts (no fireworks except those for the “sanctioned art burn event”). But there’s one paragraph included by BLM every year that sums up where things can go wrong in the desert.
In the fight over royalty payments by digital music services for pre-1972 recordings, are digital music services doing harm or are they the ones being treated unfairly? In a Roll Call Guest Observers piece, musician, songwriter and producer T Bone Burnett argues that it’s the musicians who are the little guy and that digital music services are biting the hand that feeds them.
June 9, 2014
Among the various issues at tomorrow’s House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on music licensing will be the question of whether and how the Justice Department should modify its decades-old consent decrees with performing rights organizations.
June 4, 2014
Two senators are asking the FCC to quickly bring an end to blackouts of National Football League games and other sporting events on local TV stations. Democrat Richard Blumenthal and Republican John McCain are keeping up their push on the matter, since the comment period for a proposed rule ran out in March. Niels Lesniewski has more at Roll Call’s Senate blog, WGDB.
Now that HBO’s John Oliver has managed to do the nearly impossible by making the net neutrality debate somewhat sexy, it’s time to assess the fruits of his impassioned call for the Internet’s “lovely trolls” to leave comments with the FCC about the proposal it advanced in its May 15 meeting.
June 2, 2014
“If we let cable companies offer two speeds of service, they won’t be Usain Bolt and Usain Bolt on a motorbike,” John Oliver said last night on his HBO show. “They’ll be Usain Bolt and Usain bolted to an anchor.”
May 30, 2014
In case you missed it, over the past couple days House members have introduced legislation on three of the year’s top tech issues: