DOJ files appeal over AT&T-Time Warner loss | FCC takes next step toward C-band licensing | PIRATE Act moves to the House for approval
July 13, 2018
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FCC moves toward overhaul of Kid Vid rules
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of advancing a proposal to ease children's programming requirements. The National Association of Broadcasters applauded the decision, noting, "[G]iven the seismic changes in how children consume media, it makes perfect sense for the commission to take a fresh look at these regulations."
Deadline Hollywood (7/12),  Variety (7/12),  Axios (7/13) 
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DOJ files appeal over AT&T-Time Warner loss
The Justice Department on Thursday filed an appeal over the loss of its antitrust case against the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. "My guess is that the government is going to try to show that a lot of important evidence was rejected by the judge, and the judge put too much weight on the testimony of the merging parties," said Public Knowledge's Gene Kimmelman, a former Justice Department antitrust official.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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FCC takes next step toward C-band licensing
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of collecting data on the current use of C-band spectrum as a step toward opening up 500 megahertz of spectrum for licensing. The NAB says that while it will work with the FCC to determine the next moves for the C-band, the commission needs to be wary of repurposing spectrum for the commercial wireless industry.
Inside Radio (free content) (7/12) 
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PIRATE Act moves to the House for approval
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday voted in favor of sending the Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act to the full House for approval. The bill proposes raising fines for radio pirates, streamlining the Federal Communication Commission's process for penalizing illegal operators, and fining landlords and businesses that work with pirate stations.
Inside Radio (free content) (7/13) 
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Sources: DOJ approval for Sinclair deal on the horizon
Sinclair Broadcast Group's planned acquisition of Tribune Media could be one step closer to finalizing, as the company expects to soon receive antitrust approval from the Justice Department, reports Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino. It's believed that approval of the deal -- which would put Sinclair in over 70% of households -- is "imminent," Gasparino says.
Fox Business (7/12) 
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Dems push for investigation of smart TV manufacturers
Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons, pushed for an investigation into the smart TV industry over concerns about smart TVs tracking consumer behaviors without their permission. The senators wrote that "smart-TV users may not be aware of the extent to which their televisions are collecting sensitive information about their viewing habits."
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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Netflix tops the list of Emmy nominees
Netflix tops the list of Emmy nominees
Netflix has received 112 Emmy nominations this year, doubling the number of nominations from just two years ago and topping all other networks. HBO -- which has led the pack in nominations for almost 20 years -- received 108 nominations.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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