July 9, 2003 |
Cable television rates rose 8.2% during the year ended July 1, 2002, more than fivefold the inflation rate during that period, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The rate increases topped the 7.1% average monthly rise of the previous five years, according to the FCC's annual survey of 755 selected cable operators. Cable operators attributed more than 60% of their average monthly rate increases to programming costs, Commissioner Michael Copps said in Washington.
January 25, 2008 |
Television public service announcements, which convey beneficial messages and air for free, can be effective, but a new study says there aren't very many of them. And those that do make it to television are often broadcast at odd hours when few people are watching. "There continues to be very little time available for ads on public service, and nearly half of them are aired after midnight," said Vicky Rideout, a coauthor of the study.
January 9, 2002 |
Federal regulators on Tuesday reversed themselves and said they would not impose a $7,000 indecency fine on a Colorado Springs radio station for airing a version of rap singer Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady." The surprise about-face clears KKMG-FM, a top-40 radio station, of charges that the station violated Federal Communications Commission rules barring stations from airing "obscene, indecent or profane language."
April 9, 2009 |
The Federal Communications Commission opened proceedings Wednesday to discuss the creation of a national broadband Internet system that will reach every American. The plan is due in Congress by Feb. 17. The FCC is looking for comments on ways to keep costs manageable, effectively monitor the deployment of new infrastructure and, more expansively, "use broadband to advance consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety" and a slew of other national issues.
July 29, 2004 |
Federal regulators on Wednesday began soliciting public comment on whether there was too much violence on television and whether the government should step in. The Federal Communications Commission wants to hear from parents, the television industry and others about the effectiveness of the television ratings system and the V-chip, which allows parents to block specific programs. The FCC also is seeking public input on what kind of regulation, if any, might be needed. Michael J.
August 21, 2004 |
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday issued interim telephone competition rules that would freeze wholesale rates for six months but let prices triple after that. The order would allow AT&T Corp., MCI Inc. and other companies that lease the lines of local phone companies like SBC Communications Inc. to avoid immediate rate hikes. The order, approved on a 3-2 party-line vote July 21, also calls for comments on how to spur competition for local phone service in light of a U.S.
July 1, 2004 |
The Super Bowl breast flash could end up costing CBS $275,000 a second, making one of the big game's commercials look like a bargain. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael K. Powell has proposed fining the Viacom Inc.-owned network $550,000 for airing Janet Jackson's naked right breast for two seconds at the end of her halftime duet in Houston with Justin Timberlake.
December 13, 2011 |
Excessively loud television commercials should be a thing of the past, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission. Responding to years of complaints that the volume on commercials was much louder than that of the programming that the ads accompany, the FCC on Tuesday passed the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act to make sure that the sound level is the same for commercials and news and entertainment programming. "Most of us have … experienced this ourselves: You're watching your favorite television program, or the news, and all of a sudden, a commercial comes on, and it sounds like someone turned up the volume — but no one did. Today, the FCC is quieting a persistent problem of the television age: loud commercials," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.
November 6, 2002 |
The Federal Communications Commission's ambitious initiative to review the nation's media-ownership restrictions fell slightly behind schedule Tuesday as the agency agreed to extend the public-comment period by 30 days. But FCC officials said they still hoped to complete the comprehensive review by next spring as planned. Under pressure from consumer groups and Democratic Commissioner Michael J. Copps, FCC Media Bureau Chief W. Kenneth Ferree agreed to give interested parties until Jan.
March 23, 2007 |
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday eased rules on wireless Internet services sold by telecommunications companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. The wireless broadband order frees Internet access on hand-held devices from "commercial mobile radio service" rules that apply to wireless telephone services.