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October 22, 2014

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October 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: FCC Meeting and the Future of Internet Regulation Event

The Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting, the American Red Cross holds an event on video games and the laws of war and Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton G. Cerf and others are scheduled to participate at a Duke event on the future of Internet regulation.

Tuesday

The Society of Professional Journalists and the Medill School of Journalism hold a panel discussion on net neutrality and media.

The American Red Cross hosts an event on video games and the laws of war.

Wednesday

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative hosts a panel discussion on net neutrality rules and wireless Internet.

The Heritage Foundation hosts an event on regulation of the video marketplace.

Thursday

The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus hosts a panel discussion on whether an update of the Communications Act needs to include the Internet.

The United States Institute of Peace hosts an event on the impact of technology on Afghanistan’s democratic process.

Friday

The Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting.

Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy hosts an event titled “Internet Regulation in 2020.”

September 30, 2014

FCC Eliminates Its Sports Blackout Rules

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).

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July 31, 2014

Fight Over Set-Top Box ‘Integration Ban’ Continues

Lawmakers may be getting ready to leave Washington until September, but that doesn’t mean the lobbying and the fight between TiVo and the cable industry over the so-called integration ban on cable set-top boxes has died down.

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 16, 2014

The Infamous Comcast Cancellation Call

“Painful to listen to.”

“The telecommunications version of the clingy ex-boyfriend.”

“Beyond all humanity.”

Those are a few of the ways articles have described Ryan Block’s recording of a call with a Comcast representative in an effort to cancel his service, which has gotten a lot of attention and resulted in the company issuing a statement.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 9:12 a.m.
Telecom, Television

July 14, 2014

Botnets, the Video Marketplace and Permanent Internet Tax Ban Bill This Week

This week, activity on the Hill includes hearings on botnets and the future of the video marketplace as well as  House consideration of a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. Elsewhere in Washington, events on the IP transition, data analytics and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference are on tap.

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July 11, 2014

Hill Keeps Busy on Satellite TV, ‘Troll’ Letters, Cellphone Unlocking

Thursday saw lots of action on tech-related legislation, with three committees advancing bills on separate topics. Here’s a rundown:

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July 10, 2014

Aereo Decision Is Narrow Enough for Some, Still Raises Questions From Others

Before the Supreme Court issued its decision last month on the Aereo case, there had been concerns from some  groups about potential impacts on “cloud” computing. And during oral arguments, justices also expressed concerns that a ruling against the company could hinder the development of new technology.

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June 26, 2014

What Does the Aereo Case Mean for Other Tech Cases?

When the Supreme Court ruled that streaming-TV company Aereo violated the copyrights of major broadcasters, were the justices right in how they handled what this means for “other technological innovators”? Among the flurry of reactions and writings about the decision, at least a couple of them touch upon the question.

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June 23, 2014

DirecTV Delves into Problems With ‘Synthetic Bundles’

Among the arguments expected to be made on the Hill tomorrow about why the proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger would either harm or help consumers, the head of the satellite television company will lay out why he thinks DirecTV’s current arrangements with companies such as AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have been “largely unsuccessful in creating a competitively attractive video and broadband bundle.”

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