GAO Asked To Study Auction Impact On LPTV

Reps. Joe Barton and Anna Eshoo especially want to know how many LPTVs and translators — which don’t have the same protections that full-power stations have in the auctions — will be able to continue operating on replacement channels after the FCC auction’s repacking of the TV band.

Lawmakers Seek Facebook Probe

Facebook can track the Web surfing habits of its users even if they’re logged out of the service. And Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) take exception to that. They’ve sent a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission and asked it to determine if Facebook is engaged in an unfair or deceptive trade practice.

Barton Criticizes Copps Over Media Speech

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), an influential member of the House Commerce Committee, is upset with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps over a speech the regulator gave last week at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and an interview he did with the BBC America.