Legislation and Regulation

FCC OKs Adelphia sale to Comcast and Time Warner, with conditions

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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a $17 billion deal to sell the assets of bankrupt cable provider Adelphia Communications to Comcast and Time Warner Cable, removing the last federal regulatory hurdle to the transaction.

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Internet `tubes' speech turns spotlight, ridicule onto Sen. Stevens

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Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is enduring no end of ridicule in the blogosphere for his recent explanation, in a Commerce Committee debate, of how the Internet works.

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Local governments want to change senate telecom bill

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Top local government organizations want changes to a Senate telecommunications bill or they plan to oppose the measure if it ever reaches the Senate floor.

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Representatives should fix the cable industry, not just intervene in Nationals broadcasts

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Last week, two U.S. House members from Virginia asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay approving a merger between cable television companies Adelphia Communications Corp. and Comcast Corp.

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Net neutrality = net equality

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THE U.S. Senate still has a chance to ensure that the Internet remains universally accessible and a powerful tool for consumers and businesses. This will only happen if lawmakers ensure computer network neutrality.

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FCC poised to approve Adelphia sale to rivals

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is set on Thursday to approve the sale of bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp. to rival cable operators Comcast Corp and Time Warner Inc. despite objections from consumer advocates.

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The next big fight over media ownership

by John Nichols, The Nation

The Federal Communications Commission will again attempt to do the bidding of big media this year, with a scheme to rewrite ownership rules in much the same manner as it did in 2003. FCC chairman Kevin Martin is expected to announce Wednesday that the commission will embark

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A window of opportunity for unlicensed broadband

Act Now to Open a Window of Opportunity for Unlicensed!

by Harold Feld, Tales from the Sausage Factory

According to my sources, members of the Senate Commerce Committee are actively considering using the DTV transition bill to open new spectrum to unlicensed access. This could include opening current

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Inslee chairs Telecom forum in Seattle, Sept 9

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Major telecommunications policy reform is around the corner. Have you had a change to weigh in on proposed changes? On Friday Sept. 9, Congressman Jay Inslee will be in Seattle to convene a public forum on current telecommunications and technology policy issues. Panel topics include the upcoming transition to digital television, and broadband/IP-enabled services. Panelists will include representatives from local, state and federal government, civil society groups, and media/telecom corporations. The hearing takes place Friday afternoon, 1-4pm in Seattle Center's Shaw Room. Be there, and bring your opinions and questions!

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