Man Sentenced To Prison For Death Threats To FCC’s Pai Over Net Neutrality repeal

Pai: White Spaces Await TV/Microsoft Consensus

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai suggested this week that the FCC is awaiting consensus among broadcasters and Microsoft before moving ahead with a proposal on freeing up the “white spaces” between and around post-incentive auction repacked TV channels for wireless broadband. That came in an FCC oversight hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee, where he said he hoped to bring the new white spaces regime to reality soon.

FCC Delays Review Of Vehicle Comm. Spectrum

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday delayed plans to begin in June a comprehensive review of a valuable band of spectrum reserved for vehicles to communicate with one another. The delay complied with a request from U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for more time before the commission takes up the 5.9 GHz matter.

Pai Wants Easier Path To Change Rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai put in a plug Wednesday for giving the FCC some fast track broadcast deregulatory authority. In a House Communications Subcommittee FCC oversight hearing, Pai said that the disconnect between a moving marketplace and the “stasis” of FCC rules was the fundamental issue the FCC had with its media ownership rules.

Nexstar’s Sook To FCC: Set Cap At 78% ASAP

The Nexstar CEO says while the FCC’s ownership coverage cap is effectively at 78% now, broadcasters would like the Pai FCC to lock it in at that level so that some future FCC with a Democratic majority cannot easily reset it at 39% by once again repealing the UHF discount.

NAB SHOW 2019

Pai: More Relaxed Ownership Rules Coming

The FCC chairman tells the NAB Show that when it comes to the commission’s review, “we will not be deterred by those whose regulatory views are not guided by facts and reasons, but instead were set in stone in the era of Laverne & Shirley, Starsky & Hutch and The Captain and Tennille.”

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Jessell | Pai Needs To Take Final Shot At Duopoly Reform

FCC chief Ajit Pai should finish what he started on local TV ownership reform by approving the precedent-setting station sale in Sioux Fall, S.D. Action is long overdue.

 

NAB Show To Feature FCC’s Pai, O’Rielly, Carr, Starks

The chairman and commissioners will appear at two different sessions at next month’s  Las Vegas gathering.

Calculating The Value Of Pai

Chairman Ajit Pai reflects on an impactful — and contentious — two years at the helm of the FCC.

Pai: FCC Working On New 3.0 Orders

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signaled Friday that the FCC is preparing to start accepting next-gen TV (ATSC 3.0) license applications and that the Media Bureau is even now working on an order to wrap up some open issues, including the local simulcasting requirement for stations without a viable partner, and a second order to resolve various petitions for reconsideration (filed by cable operators).