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May 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Federal Communications Commission should investigate whether phone companies are violating federal law by providing calling records to the National Security Agency as part of an anti-terrorism program, a commission member said Monday. "There is no doubt that protecting the security of the American people is our government's No. 1 responsibility," Commissioner Michael J. Copps, a Democrat, said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
December 13, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
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.
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
December 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The nation's top communications regulator Wednesday denied that his proposed media ownership rule has a major loophole that would allow newspapers and broadcast stations to merge in any size market. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he was willing to work with the two Democrats on the commission to change the wording of his proposal to make sure that any transaction resulting in cross-owned properties would face a "high hurdle" in the approval process.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday that it would vote next week on whether to require 414 digital television stations to air educational children's programming, a plan pushed by the agency's Democratic members. The proposal has been opposed by more than 1,000 local TV stations that are members of the National Assn. of Broadcasters. They say it's premature to impose such a requirement during the early stages of U.S. conversion to digital TV. Democrats led by Michael J.
OPINION
August 2, 2007
Foes of media consolidation are wringing their hands over Rupert Murdoch's $5-billion acquisition of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal. The purchase gives News Corp., Murdoch's global media conglomerate, control over the country's second-most popular newspaper -- a nice addition to such assets as Fox Broadcasting Co., the FX cable network, the 20th Century Fox movie studio, 35 local TV stations, MySpace.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
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.
BUSINESS
June 9, 2004 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
Clear Channel Communications Inc., the nation's biggest radio broadcaster, has reached a deal with federal regulators to pay about $1.75 million in penalties to resolve an array of indecency charges, sources said Tuesday. The settlement would wipe away some fines already proposed by the Federal Communications Commission, as well as dozens of listener complaints that have yet to be ruled on by the agency, according to a person familiar with the matter.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush nominated two Republicans on Friday to fill vacancies on the Federal Communications Commission, giving newly appointed FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell strong political allies in his pursuit to streamline the agency and deregulate the communications industry. Bush said he planned to appoint Kevin J. Martin, currently special assistant to the president for economic policy, and Kathleen Q.
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