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A last minute compromise involving the right of cable television operators to obtain exclusive programming appeared to breathe new life Thursday into Senate legislation that would re-regulate the cable industry. But the bill still could be prevented from coming to a vote by Republican senators allied with the Bush Administration, which has threatened a veto on the grounds that the industry would be subjected to excessive regulation if the measure passes.
March 26, 1986 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
Three candidates in the race for a seat on the San Diego Board of Education announced Tuesday that they will not sign waivers allowing a local radio station to play a fourth candidate's musical jingles. Candidates Al Korobkin, Jim Roache and Sue Braun said they will not sign waivers allowing KFMB-AM (760) to play record producer Steve Vaus' tunes about the San Diego Padres.
December 20, 1985 | Associated Press
General Electric and RCA Corp. have agreed to divest RCA's consumer electronics business if necessary to win government approval of GE's proposed $6.28-billion acquisition of RCA. But GE reiterated Thursday that it did not expect the government to raise antitrust objections that will force the divestiture of RCA's $2-billion consumer electronics unit, which, according to industry estimates, is the nation's leading seller of color televisions and videocassette recorders.
March 13, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communication Commission's efforts to apply stricter oversight of partnerships between local television stations has created tensions inside the regulatory agency and with broadcasters. On Wednesday, the FCC's Mass Media Bureau issued a public notice saying it would "closely scrutinize" applications from television stations seeking to enter joint sales agreements or local marketing agreements. Such arrangements have become commonplace in the industry. Typically, a strong station partners with a weaker station on ad sales and/or other operations.
April 26, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google says it will pay the $25,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communication Commission but disputes the regulator's contention that it obstructed a probe of its Street View program. “Google has cooperated fully with investigations around the globe regarding this matter, acting in good faith at all times,” the Mountain View, Calif., company said Thursday in a letter to the FCC. "While Google disagrees with the premise of the Notice and many of its factual recitals, Google has determined to pay the forfeiture proposed in the Notice in order to put this investigation behind it. " The search giant also revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice had already completed its investigation into whether Google violated wiretapping laws when it collected and stored data from unprotected wireless networks while operating specially equipped cars that cruise the streets taking photographs for its mapping service.
September 28, 2007
NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion-rights group, recently offered a new way for members to stay in the loop: mobile-phone text messages. But the operator of the country's second most popular mobile phone network, Verizon Wireless, turned down NARAL's request for a text-messaging "short code" -- the five-digit address that NARAL members would use to get updates.
February 26, 2010 | David Lazarus
When it comes to high-speed Internet access, are you getting what you pay for? Venice resident Mike Mlikotin wanted to know what he was really being offered after Verizon Communications Inc. included a pitch for its broadband service in his most recent phone bill. It said that Mlikotin, 75, could lock in a lifetime rate of as low as $19.99 a month for an online speed of up to 1 megabit per second -- not the fastest clip you'll find on the Net, but plenty fast for most people.
Support intensified Wednesday for proposed state legislation that would require phone number conservation measures and block future area code splits and overlays, such as those being proposed for the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and the South Bay. Four of the six state legislators on a committee to draw up a compromise plan voiced skepticism about phone company assertions that additional area codes are needed. The committee will submit its plan to both houses by Friday, officials said.
November 14, 2008 | Kim Hart, Hart writes for the Washington Post
The most talked-about tech job in government is one that never before existed. On the campaign trail, Barack Obama said he would appoint the nation's first chief technology officer who would, according to his website, help federal agencies use technology "to make government work better." But he's given no specifics about the job, leaving the tech community to speculate about the role and who might fill it.
July 28, 2000 | From Reuters
The Federal Communication Commission pressed America Online Inc. and Time Warner Inc. on Thursday to offer a more concrete timetable for opening access to the companies' cable systems as the agency's regulators considered whether the mega-merger of the two companies was in the public interest. Top company executives faced their detractors at a meeting held by the FCC as accusations swirled over whether the $120-billion deal would stifle competition.
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