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Stakeholders Eye CO Future After Pallante Ouster

Maria Pallante's sudden departure Friday as register of copyrights drew dueling perspectives from stakeholders on the potential impact on the Copyright Office’s future under Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Pallante's replacement as the CO's leader. Hayden didn't technically … Subscribe to Read >>

AT&T's Lack of Journalism 'DNA' May Affect Pledge to Keep CNN Independent, Say Experts

AT&T's pledge that CNN will remain editorially independent if its proposed acquisition of Time Warner (see 1610220002) is approved (see 1610240046) is a welcome and needed statement, media and journalism experts told us Monday. Some, including Frank … Subscribe to Read >>

Congress Rushes to Scrutinize AT&T/Time Warner Deal Amid Presidential Chatter

Several prominent voices on Capitol Hill have questioned AT&T’s proposed buy of Time Warner. The Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee is gearing up for a November hearing on the deal, with more scrutiny expected regardless of the congressional and … Subscribe to Read >>

AT&T/Time Warner Deal Seen Raising Privacy Questions as FCC Heads Toward Rules

AT&T’s proposed buy of Time Warner is raising additional questions as the FCC steams toward a commissioner vote on ISP privacy rules Thursday (see 1610240041). The rules proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler (see 1610060031) have strong support … Subscribe to Read >>

Broadband Advocate Seeks to Swing Louisiana PSC to 3-2 Democratic Majority

Democrats could take control of Louisiana's telecom regulator after commissioner elections, but no other such dramatic shifts are possible in states that elect utility commissioners. A Democrat running for a Republican seat at the Louisiana Public Service Commission -- … Subscribe to Read >>

AT&T/Time Warner Seen Getting Regulatory Approval, Though Not Easily

Many expect to see AT&T's proposed $108.7 billion buy of Time Warner pass regulatory muster, though even AT&T says it expects conditions. Others see it facing particularly steep odds, and there are questions about what voluntary conditions -- … Subscribe to Read >>

Warren, Pallone Aide Single Out Pay for Privacy Ahead of FCC ISP Privacy Vote

FCC ISP privacy rules, set for a vote at commissioners' Thursday meeting, “should deal with something called pay for privacy,” said David Goldman, aide to House Commerce Committee ranking member Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Monday in a keynote kicking … Subscribe to Read >>

Speed to OTT Innovation Biggest Benefit of Time Warner Buy, Says AT&T CEO

AT&T expects the DirecTV Now over-the-top service launching next month to be “the big driver” of growth with the Time Warner acquisition in the fold, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on a Monday analyst call about the … Subscribe to Read >>

Consumers Wary of Security Threats With Connected Devices Even Before Dyn DNS Hack

Friday’s high-profile distributed denial of service internet attack against Dyn DNS that knocked out internet service for popular websites including Twitter, Reddit, Netflix and Spotify (see 1610210056) spurred calls to action Monday from IoT stakeholders, the media and … Subscribe to Read >>

T-Mobile Sees AT&T Focus on Time Warner as Taking Its Attention Off Wireless

Hard-charging T-Mobile reported 2 million net adds in Q3, with 851,000 branded postpaid phone net adds and 684,000 branded prepaid net adds. Branded postpaid churn came in at 1.32 percent, down 14 basis points from the same quarter … Subscribe to Read >>

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Possible AT&T/Time Warner Seen Raising Multiple Regulatory Concerns

AT&T buying Time Warner likely would face regulatory concerns about programming and also could be a springboard for regulators to dive into other issues, like zero rating, industry lawyers and experts told us Friday. Given the increased regulatory attention paid to competitiveness and transaction issues in recent years, "I don't think they are necessarily going to have smooth sailing," said Public Knowledge attorney John Bergmayer. Some question whether the FCC would even have a role in overseeing the possible deal, but AT&T's last major acquisition was national satellite multichannel TV provider DirecTV. AT&T and TW didn't comment Friday. Several news reports Friday suggested a deal could be announced as early as the weekend. … Read More >>

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