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ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Sen. Jay Rockefeller's announcement that he won't seek reelection in 2014 may not upset too many folks in the entertainment business. The Democrat from West Virginia and chairman of the powerful Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has never been shy about bashing the media industry. Last fall at a confirmation hearing for two nominees for the Federal Communications Commission, Rockefeller said that television news has been "dumbed down" and that entertainment programming was too too "obscene" and "promiscuous.
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BUSINESS
July 9, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Comcast Corp.'s $45.2-billion stock deal for Time Warner Cable would create a media juggernaut with revenue approaching $100 billion and more than 30 million customers, including more than 1.5 million in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. "We view this as a merger that creates a company on the leading edge of innovation, a company committed to investing in networks, products and services that deliver the customer the best possible experiences," Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts said on a call with Wall Street analysts.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2002 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
BUSINESS
April 9, 2009 | David Sarno
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.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2004 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2002 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
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.
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