The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau is taking aim at video set-top boxes, including those that stream content from the internet, over growing concerns about models being marketed and distributed that don’t meet commission requirements.
Bureau chief Michelle Carey said Thursday that associate bureau chief Holly Saurer has been named deputy bureau chief and Paul Jackson has joined the bureau as associate bureau chief.
Lines are blurring or becoming more stark among different tech, media and telecom companies. Telecom companies are producing content, while platform companies are exploring new services like internet connections. That means sectors are no longer staying in their lanes, and regulatory scrutiny is shifting.
The DOJ’s antitrust division has told the two wireless carriers that their planned merger is unlikely to be approved as currently structured, according to people familiar with the matter, casting doubt on the fate of the $26 billion deal.
TV and movie ratings should include a smoking depiction warning, lawmakers say in letter to media executives. “Both film and television continue to expose children and adolescents to tobacco content conclusively proven to cause physical harm to young viewers.”
Concerned that the White House may have influenced the Justice Department’s decision to try to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Hill Democrats asked for any correspondence between the White House and Justice Department relating to merger. But the White House counsel declined, citing executive privilege.
The case represents a tragic failure of FCC policy. The FCC is supposed to increase pluralism and diversity among broadcast license holders. Instead, it looks to have acted to advance the political views of then-Chairman Tom Wheeler.
The Justice Department is OK with Nexstar’s spin-offs of eight TV stations to Scripps, part of its deal to acquire Tribune. Scripps is buying eight stations in seven markets for $580 million. The sale keeps Nexstar on the right side of FCC ownership limits.