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December 16, 1995 | Reuters
Federal regulators Friday approved a $4.2-billion investment in Sprint Corp. by the state-run phone monopolies of France and Germany, after imposing conditions on the deal meant to open the French and German phone markets. The Federal Communication Commission's unanimous approval brings France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom a step closer to finalizing their 20% joint stake in the third-largest U.S. provider of long-distance phone services.
June 14, 1987
By a 302-105 vote, the House passed a bill (HR 2533) requiring the Reagan Administration to give Congress a detailed assessment of the military and diplomatic situation in the Persian Gulf, including plans for expanding America's role there. Because of uncertainty over whether it condoned or challenged Administration policy in the volatile region, the measure drew votes on both sides from members of all ideologies.
November 19, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
The Santa Paula City Council has sent a letter of complaint to Ventura County Cablevision objecting to the partial blackout of KEYT, the ABC network affiliate located in Santa Barbara. In the letter, Mayor Alfonso Urias asked the company to "take appropriate action to continue local programming for the citizens of Ventura County."
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.
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.
January 15, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready for American Idol's return. The Skinny: Got caught up in "Gross Pointe Blank" last night. An underrated film! I love the shrink scenes with John Cusack and Alan Arkin. Anyway, Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Charter Communications-Time Warner Cable situation. Also, why Hollywood should pay attention to the net-neutrality ruling, plus Viacom's new Nickelodeon channel. Daily Dose: Discovery Communications has tapped JB Perrette as its new president of Discovery Networks International.
Cable television giant Tele-Communications Inc. came under fresh attack Tuesday for its marketplace clout and hiring practices, as QVC Network Inc. continued negotiations with antitrust regulators to determine whether TCI can participate in the shopping network's bid for Paramount Communications Inc. TCI and QVC were sued by Viacom Inc.
January 4, 1988 | TERRY SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
Captain Power has had a lot of success in his children's TV battles with the evil Lord Dread. But now he has a new foe--Santa Monica peace activist Jerry Rubin. Rubin, who is not related to the ex-yippie of the same name, announced Sunday at the Universal Studios Tour that he has begun a 43-day fast to protest Captain Power and other television programs that feature violent characters that are also sold as toys.
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