June 10, 2005 |
U.S. regulators Thursday took action to accelerate the transition to digital television by moving up the date by which all new mid-sized TV sets must be able to view the high-quality signals. The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to move up by four months, to March 1, 2006, a deadline requiring digital reception by all television sets sold in the United States with 25-inch to 35-inch screens. The Consumer Electronics Assn. had asked for the new deadline.
July 30, 2005 |
President Bush is likely to nominate a White House technology advisor and a Tennessee utility regulator for two slots on the Federal Communications Commission, an industry analyst said Friday. Richard Russell, associate director of the president's Office of Science and Technology Policy since 2002, and Deborah Taylor Tate, a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, would fill two Republican seats on the commission, Legg Mason analyst Blair Levin wrote to clients.
September 23, 2003 |
In the face of a growing political divide over media ownership, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday voted 3 to 2 along partisan lines to allow Univision Communications Inc.'s $3.25-billion acquisition of radio chain Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. Although approval of the deal had been expected for months, the decision highlighted the increasing rancor over an issue that has roiled Congress, the courts and the commission itself.
November 10, 2005 |
President Bush on Wednesday nominated Tennessee utility regulator Deborah Taylor Tate to fill a long vacant Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, while at the same time naming Michael J. Copps to retain his Democratic seat at the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, Tate and Copps would restore a 3-2 Republican majority at the FCC, clearing the way for agency Chairman Kevin J.
November 18, 2003 |
The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to reject a request by television broadcasters such as ABC to force cable companies including Comcast Corp. to show both digital and analog versions of network programs, FCC lawyers familiar with the matter said. Broadcasters want shows such as ABC's "Monday Night Football" to be carried on cable both in the current analog format and in digital form to expand their audience to viewers with new high-definition televisions.
March 2, 2002
As any insomniac who has listened to a TV station's early morning sign-off knows, broadcasters are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate "in the public interest.'' Not that you'd know that by watching the programming. A study released last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation found broadcasters retreating from commitments to public service that they made just before Congress handed them a set of regulatory breaks in the mid-1990s.