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NAB to FCC: Cable, DBS Should Join Political File Party

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Association of Broadcasters says it is fine with the Federal Communications Commission extending its online political file mandate to all video services, including cable and satellite and even broadcast radio, though there are some issues with the last that might require a phased-in approach.

FTC proposes to expand children's online privacy protection rule

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Parents would have a new way of protecting their children's privacy when they are surfing the Internet under new rules proposed by the Federal Trade Commission.

FCC Move to Reduce Consolidation, Close Media Ownership Loopholes, Already Increasing Diverse Ownership

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Gray Television announced that it had secured new, diverse owners for six television stations that it had acquired and previously operated under shared service agreements.

FCC Supports Fast Track for NAB Auction Challenge

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission said it supports the National Association of Broadcasters' request for expedited hearing of NAB's challenge to a portion of the incentive auction rules.

American Television Alliance: CBS Radio Rejects Local Choice Ad

Location:
St. Louis, MO, United States
Recommendation:
2

CBS radio stations KMOX in St. Louis, WCCO Minneapolis, KXNT Las Vegas, and KDKA Pittsburgh have rejected an ad from the American Television Alliance promoting a new "local choice" retransmission-remaking proposal that TV stations say threatens their business model and localism.

ESPN Pays Four Times the Going Rate to Air NFL Games

Location:
ESPN, 935 Middle St, Bristol, CT, 06010, United States
Recommendation:
2

According to published reports, ESPN pays roughly double what the three broadcast networks do for the rights to air National Football League games, $1.9 billion per year.

Why Would Anyone Watch Twitch?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

A great deal of the bafflement over Amazon’s purchase of Twitch comes from people who, like me, are too old to understand gaming on a deep-down, emotional level.

Numbers Game: Behind Consumers’ Desire For Connected TV

Location:
GfK MRI, 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Recommendation:
3

Most people looking for a new device for watching video want a big screen TV, and they want one that allows them to stream content -- or at least that is what is strongly suggested by findings of a qualitative study conducted for the Council for Research Excellence (CRE) by GfK.

President Obama Asks Todd Park to Continue Administration Service in New Role after Returning to Silicon Valley

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Barack Obama has asked US Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President Todd Park to take on a new role for the Administration as a technology advisor based in Silicon Valley.

Broadband pilots could serve as models for other states

Location:
AR, United States
Recommendation:
2

Arkansas and Virginia have teamed up with EducationSuperHighway to design a cost-effective plan for meeting President Barack Obama’s goal of ensuring broadband access for every student.

FCC Seeks Comment On The Accessibility Of Communications Technologies

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

This Public Notice seeks comment on tentative findings for the 2014 Biennial Report to Congress on the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).

Next-Gen TV Tops New NAB Tech's Agenda

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with Sam Matheny, new executive vice president and chief technology officer of National Association of Broadcasters.

US wireless users may get to share military spectrum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US military might have to share its radar frequencies with mobile broadband providers under a plan the Federal Communications Commission continued to flesh out under the name Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

NewWave Sets Stage for 1-Gig

Location:
Monroe, LA, United States
Recommendation:
1

NewWave Communications is gearing up to bring 1 Gbps speeds to a handful of rural markets in 2015, and said it will use the emerging DOCSIS 3.1 platform to deliver them.

Guns, butter and broadband: How technology has finally emerged as a viable campaign issue

Location:
NY, , United States
Recommendation:
3

The New York Times has endorsed Tim Wu, the progressive candidate for New York lieutenant governor, in its editorial pages. The endorsement is a sign that technology, long relegated to the fringes of political discussion, has finally become a dinner-table issue and the basis for a viable campaign platform.

US: NSA leaks should be no excuse for local storage mandates, which harm “organic” Internet

Location:
Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20520, United States
Recommendation:
2

The US State Department has warned against countries such as Russia forcing web service providers to store citizens’ data locally, even though such moves are at least in part inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations of the National Security Agency spying on foreigners’ personal data.

New Initiative on Internet Governance

Location:
World Economic Forum, 91-93 route de la Capite, Geneva, CH-1223, Switzerland
Recommendation:
3

The World Economic Forum has announced the launch of the NETmundial Initiative on Internet governance cooperation.

Cloud Computing: The Concept, Impacts and the Role of Government Policy

Location:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2, rue André Pascal, Paris, France
Recommendation:
2

Cloud computing is changing the way computing is undertaken.

Why big data has some big problems when it comes to public policy

Recommendation:
2

For all the talk about using big data and data science to solve the world’s problems -- and even all the talk about big data as one of the world’s problems -- it seems like we still have a long way to go.

The Case against Binge-Watching TV

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Americans are increasingly engaging in a practice known as television binge-watching -- going through several episodes of a TV show in a single stretch. So why am I unhappy about this new way to watch TV?

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