Net Neutrality: FCC Theory Would Extend Beyond ISPs Under Title II
This is the first in a series of net neutrality posts that will address fundamental questions presented by the prospect of applying per se net neutrality rules under Title II. There is
Time Warner Cable Doesn’t Deserve the FCC’s Help
From the moment the deal was announced, many questioned the unprecedented price Time Warner Cable (TWC) agreed to pay for the exclusive right to distribute Los Angeles Dodgers games through its SportsNet LA channel.
Netflix Admits Interconnection Costs “So Small” They Don’t Harm Consumers
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced last Friday that the agency would investigate whether consumers are being harmed by so-called “interconnection” agreements between Netflix and Internet service providers (ISPs). The
Outdated Policy Decisions Don’t Dictate Future Rights in Perpetuity
Congressional debates about STELA reauthorization have resurrected the notion that TV stations “must provide a free service” because they “are using public spectrum.” This notion, which is rooted in 1930s
The Anticompetitive Effects of Broadcast Television Regulations
Shortly after Tom Wheeler assumed the Chairmanship at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), he summed up his regulatory philosophy as “competition, competition, competition.” Promoting competition has been the norm in
Network Non-Duplication and Syndicated Exclusivity Rules Are Fundamental to Local Television
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently sought additional comment on whether it should eliminate its network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules (known as the “broadcasting exclusivity” rules). It should just as well
Killing TV Stations Is the Intended Consequence of Video Regulation Reform
Today is a big day in Congress for the cable and satellite (MVPDs) war on broadcast television stations. The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on the compulsory licenses for broadcast
FCC Incentive Auction Plan Won’t Benefit Rural America
*Promoted from the Diaries. – Aaron* The FCC is set to vote later this month on rules for the incentive auction of spectrum licenses in the broadcast television band. These
Will the FCC Force Television Online Even If Aereo Loses in Court?
The Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in a case that will decide whether Aereo, an over-the-top video distributor, can retransmit broadcast television signals online without obtaining a copyright license.
Congress Should Lead FCC by Example, Adopt Clean STELA Reauthorization
Yesterday’s FCC meeting was unabashedly pro-cable and anti-broadcaster. The agency decided to prohibit television broadcasters from engaging in the same industry behavior as cable, satellite, and telco television distributors and