December 16, 1995 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1992 |
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."
October 12, 1990 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1986 |
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 |
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 |
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.
February 26, 2010 |
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.
September 5, 2013 |
The battle over federal "net neutrality" rules resumes Monday when a federal appeals court takes up the challenge filed by one of the country's largest Internet service providers: Verizon. The phone company, which argues that the Federal Communication Commission's rules violate federal law and the Constitution, asserts that ISPs have a 1st Amendment right to edit or block the data flowing from websites to their customers. The company's stance is strange and self-contradictory, considering its long-standing efforts to be freed from liability for the "speech" that travels through its wires.