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Policy Then & Now

FCC ISSUES THEN: Much of the FCCs actions 20 years ago centered on the Fairness Doctrine. According to an archive article from Time magazine, the agency contended that government regulation had a chilling effect on TV and discouraged the free discussion of public issues. NOW: The FCC spent much of 2006 embroiled in megamerger debates […]

Regulatory Rearview Mirror: 2006

Jan. 3 Deborah Taylor Tate is sworn in as the FCCs third commissioner. A Republican, Tate gives Chairman Kevin J. Martin an even hand in voting against the two Democrats. January-February-March The Senate Commerce Committee holds hearings on various aspects that would help shape new communications law. Some of the most controversial issues: net neutrality, […]

TELE-SCOPE

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 – DEC. 21) Peace, dude. Sagittarius is the hippie of the Zodiac. This intellectual, yet jovial, archer is a laid-back, warm and friendly freedom-lover. Sagittarius has probably been voted Most Likely to Wear a Flower in Their Hair, Most Likely to Still Play Vinyl or Most Likely to Make Millions off a […]

News Briefs

News Briefs ESPN has closed down its much-advertised,sports-themed MVNO. The Walt Disney Co. subsidiary said it would instead pursue licensing deals for its content with other cellular operators. ESPN will provide service until the end of the year, refund handset purchases and help customers transfer to a new provider. The MVNO launched less than a […]

Midterm Elections Could Change Regulatory Landscape

Washington is a tense place to be right now, said one panelist during COMPTEL’s legislative update session on Monday. With the midterm elections just a few weeks away, everyone in telecom is on tenterhooks, waiting to see who will lead House and Senate committees that guide communications law. If the Democrats win in November, the […]

Clock Ticks on Telecom Reform

MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER Congress set out to update the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the likelihood that a new law will emerge this Congressional session is in doubt. Efforts at reform have been spearheaded on both the House and Senate, with the House first to pass a bill the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) […]

Net Neutrality Gets New Support From House Judiciary, Senate

Net neutrality principles got a push from the House and Senate this week with the introduction of two new bills, even as the Bells continued their calls for politicians to reject measures that would ensure broadband providers do not discriminate against the people or companies using their networks. On Thursday, F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and […]

House Passes COPE Act to Dismay of Consumer, Competitive Carrier Advocates

The House, just after 10 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, passed the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act without the net neutrality provisions advocates had worked hard to get representatives to adopt. While Bell companies which spent thousands, if not millions, of dollars in lobbying hailed the vote, organizations representing companies that largely depend […]

Disney Mobile Debuts

THIS MONTH, THE WALT DISNEY CO. WILL LAUNCH A MUCH-ANTICIPATED MOBILE PHONE SERVICE TARGETED AT THE TWEEN-TEEN SET AND DISNEY ENTHUSIASTS OF ALL AGES. THE MAN HEADING UP THE NEW DISNEY MOBILE BUSINESS UNIT IS GEORGE GROBAR, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, AND HES A MAN WITH A MISSION. NAMELY, EXTENDING THE BRAND AND […]

USF Bills Call for VoIP Players to Ante Up

THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF), while still at billions of dollars, is dwindling, due to a decreasing number of contributors, and, in the interest of sustaining the fund, many in the telecom industry want IP operators to ante up. One House bill and one Senate bill call for this change directly, but the outcome of […]

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