Federal Communications Commission

  1. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against ...

  2. Drawing Over 200k Comments, FCC Extends Window for Public's Voice in Net Neutrality Debate

    July 16, 2014 8:45 AM EDT The net neutrality debate will rage on -- for another few days, at least. The FCC announced yesterday, the day that comments were set to be closed, that it has extended the deadline for the first round of public comments on its 'Open Internet ...

  3. FCC Examining Reasons for Internet Traffic Jams

    June 13, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content. The inquiry announced Friday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will dissec ...

  4. John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality in 13 Minutes on 'Last Week Tonight'

    June 02, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language t ...

  5. FCC's Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position

    May 20, 2014 6:25 PM EDT House subcommittee hearing turned into a grilling of sorts What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new r ...

  6. Morning Fix: Insomniac, Interscope Team; Behind Chainsmokers' New Deals; Jennifer Lopez Talks NuvoTV

    May 14, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE PASQUALE ROTELLA'S INSOMNIAC & INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M LAUNCH NEW IMPRINT (EXCLUSIVE) Insomniac Records brings the experience of more than two decades of promoting some of the largest dan ...

  7. FCC Revising Internet Rules After Public Backlash

    May 13, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. According to ...

  8. Biz Poll Results: What's Your Take on Net Neutrality?

    May 08, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Last week, we asked about your opinion on net neutrality following news that the FCC is considering rule changes that would ostensibly create a "fast lane" for Internet-based companies willing to pay for it, which critics contended would ...

  9. Tech Giants Join Neutrality Furor in Open Letter, FCC Responds with Open Email

    May 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Today has brought two separate reactions to the raging net neutrality debate; the FCC has thrown open its doors, while the most powerful companies on the web have thrown down the gauntlet. Yesterday, a letter was delivered to the FCC addressing th ...

  10. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Announces Net Neutrality Proposals in Wake of January Court Defeat

    February 19, 2014 12:51 PM EST FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has announced  plans for his agency's pursuit of net neutrality rules following the give-and-take ruling handed down by a court of appeals last month . The January ruling reinforced the FCC's authority on interne ...

  11. Pending AT&T Patent Would Charge Customers Based on Bandwidth Usage

    February 05, 2014 12:48 PM EST AT&T has published a patent that would charge customers not only on how much they use the internet, but how they use it, period. Spin  and the Huffington Post  report that Patent US20140010082 A1 , "Prevention of Bandwidth Abuse of a Comm ...

  12. FCC Shelves Pandora's Bid For South Dakota Radio Station

    January 15, 2014 3:45 PM EST In another minor setback to its music licensing plans, Pandora has received word from the FCC that it is no longer processing its application for the transfer of the ownership of broadcasting license for KXMZ, the Rapid City, South Dakota radio st ...

  13. Appeals Court Deals Blow to FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    January 14, 2014 1:04 PM EST In a victory for broadband carriers like AT&T and Verizon, the D.C. Circuit strikes down anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has knocked down major provisions of the FCC's &q ...

  14. Morning Fix: Bowie, Disclosure, Bastille Up for Brit Awards; Billboard's Guide to Super Bowl Music Mania; New FCC Chair Touts Net Neutrality at CES

    January 10, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE DAVID BOWIE, DISCLOSURE, BASTILLE UP FOR BRIT AWARDS Musical chameleon David Bowie is starting the year with two nominations for Britain's leading music awards, the Brits. Billboard.biz SUPER B ...

  15. FCC's New Chairman Touts New Net Neutrality Rules at CES Despite Predecessor's Opposition

    January 09, 2014 4:00 PM EST Newly appointed FCC chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his approach to internet regulation in a speech during the Consumer Electronics Show currently underway in Las Vegas, as Variety's David S. Cohen reported yesterday evening. During a conversat ...

  16. Ex-FCC Chairman Genachowski Joins The Carlyle Group

    January 06, 2014 1:32 PM EST The former IAC executive will be a partner in the private-equity firm's U.S. buyout team and will focus on tech, media and telecom investments. Former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has joined private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, it was an ...

  17. New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: 7 Things to Know

    November 04, 2013 12:02 PM EST On Monday in Washington, D.C., Thomas Wheeler will be sworn in as the Federal Communications Commission's 31st chairman since it was created in 1934. As is tradition, Wheeler was confirmed along with a Republican, Michael O'Reilly, a f ...

  18. Future of Music Summit Tackles Industry Challenges with Google's Tim Quirk, NPR's Bob Boilen, More

    October 25, 2013 4:24 PM EDT The 12th annual Future of Music Summit will commence on Monday, Oct. 28 in Washington, D.C. through a partnership between the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Georgetown University. With Washington as the backdrop, the summit uniquely blends ...

  19. CBS & Time Warner Cable Find Breakthrough in Fee Dispute

    September 03, 2013 12:30 AM EDT TV network CBS and cable provider Time Warner Cable ended their monthlong programming dispute on Monday and resumed broadcasts to millions of homes in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. The agreement ended a blackout of CBS and CBS-owned channels ...

  20. SiriusXM Shareholders Present Their Case on Liberty Media's Takeover

    August 29, 2013 12:48 PM EDT SiriusXM shareholders directors should have taken measures to prevent a takeover by Liberty Media, extracted a takeover premium and allowed a shareholder vote on the deal, the judge in the case heard this week.   “Malone wanted to enjoy all the ...

  21. FCC Approves T-Mobile-MetroPCS Deal

    March 12, 2013 3:00 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications Inc., the No. 4 and No. 5 cellphone carriers in the country. The Justice Department cleared the merger last week, m ...

  22. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  23. SiriusXM CEO Karmazin Calls Internet Radio 'Race to the Bottom' on Earnings Call

    November 01, 2012 10:46 AM EDT Outgoing SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin slammed the business model behind personalized Internet radio services during an otherwise upbeat third-quarter earnings call Thursday. While advertising-based Internet radio company Pandora has yet to turn a pro ...

  24. SiriusXM CEO Mel Karmazin: 'My Instincts Are That Liberty Does Not Need Me'

    September 12, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Liberty Media could announce as early as Wednesday that it has acquired a controlling stake in Sirius XM Radio, the satellite service's CEO Mel Karmazin said. He also indicated that Liberty may not want him around much longer. "My instin ...

  25. Liberty Media Raises Stake In SiriusXM Again To 48.8 Percent

    August 29, 2012 12:50 PM EDT John Malone's Liberty Media continues to slowly raise its stake in Sirius XM Radio. The satellite radio firm, led by CEO Mel Karmazin, reported in a regulatory filing late Tuesday that Liberty has bought additional stock to take its ownership ...

  26. Morning Fix: Bertelsmann IPO?: Liberty's Sirius XM Stake; RealNetworks Layoffs; Pinterest's Sales Issue

    August 29, 2012 7:47 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV, TROJAN TEAM UP FOR FIRST VMA SPONSORSHIP FEATURING LMFAO'S SKYBLU: In a first for the sexual health category , MTV is teaming up with Trojan condoms for a multi- ...

  27. Liberty Media Applies for Control of Sirius XM Radio

    August 17, 2012 9:19 PM EDT Billionaire media-mogul John Malone and his Liberty Media moved a step closer on Friday to taking control Sirius XM Radio. In a filing with the FCC, Liberty asked permission to take "de jure" control over Sirius XM, having already failed ...

  28. KUSF Sale Approved by FCC

    June 07, 2012 3:15 PM EDT After nearly six months the FCC has closed the books on one of the stranger license transfers in recent years, the sale of non-commercial Adult Alternative KUSF from the University of San Francisco to the Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN), a n ...

  29. Liberty Media Unveils New Plan to Take Control of Sirius XM Radio

    June 01, 2012 6:31 AM EDT John Malone's Liberty Media on Thursday filed details about its new plan to take control of satellite radio firm Sirius XM Radio over time by taking over its board. FCC Rejects Liberty Media's Request to Control Sirius XM Radio The plan ...

  30. Breaking: Clear Channel Buys WFNX/Boston

    May 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT One of the last independently owned and operated major market radio frequencies, 101.7 FM in Boston, currently known as WFNX (Alternative Boston), has been sold by the Phoenix Media-Communications Group to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Th ...

  31. Liberty to Boost Stake in Sirius XM

    May 09, 2012 7:44 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Billionaire John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. said Tuesday that it will spend $650 million to increase its effective control of satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc. to 45.2 percent. FCC Rejects Liberty Media's ...

  32. FCC Rejects Liberty Media's Request to Control Sirius XM Radio

    May 04, 2012 8:50 PM EDT The FCC has dismissed a request made March 20 by Liberty Media to temporarily control Sirius XM Radio. Liberty, controlled by John Malone, had sought jurisdiction over the satellite radio company despite owning only enough convertible stock to tra ...

  33. CBS Sells Five Stations in West Palm Beach

    April 10, 2012 1:32 PM EDT CBS Radio has announced plans to sell its five station West Palm Beach cluster to Palm Beach Broadcasting for $50 million. The deal gives Palm Beach control of the three highest-rated stations in the market according to the most recent Arbitron ra ...

  34. Sirius XM Still Facing Legal Challenges Over Five-Year-Old Merger

    April 04, 2012 6:28 PM EDT More than five years after Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced a merger that would create the mega-satellite radio network Sirius XM, the company is still in court defending the marriage. On Monday, Sirius XM filed a brief to t ...

  35. U.S. Gov't IDs More Airwaves for Commercial Wireless Networks

    March 28, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations ...

  36. Business Matters: Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul

    March 06, 2012 9:29 PM EST Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul -- Pandora had a clear message during Tuesday's earnings call for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31: We're the future, but the future isn't here just yet. We' ...

  37. FCC Plans To Nix National Wireless Network

    February 16, 2012 6:43 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal officials plan to kill a proposal to build a new national high-speed wireless network after concluding it would in some cases jam personal-navigation and other GPS devices. The Federal Communications Commission sought comm ...

  38. Google Wins U.S., EU Approval For $12.5 Billion Motorola Bid

    February 14, 2012 11:27 AM EST Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history. Monday's blessing ...

  39. NFL, NBC Apologize For M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Halftime Bird Flip

    February 06, 2012 7:49 AM EST (Photo: Getty Images) The NFL and a major television network are apologizing for another Super Bowl halftime show. There was no wardrobe malfunction, nothing like that glimpse of Janet Jackson's nipple eight years ago that caused an uproar an ...

  40. Billboard Power 100: Rich Bengloff

    January 26, 2012 11:28 PM EST No. 97 Rich Bengloff President American Assn. of Independent Music Twitter: @A2IM Indie Advocate... When Rich Bengloff was named president of the American Assn. of Independent Music in 2007, the then-2-year-old trade group was still struggling to ...

  41. Business Matters: Facebook Had 5 Times The U.S. Visitors of Twitter in 2011

    December 29, 2011 5:37 PM EST Facebook: Now Five Times More Than Twitter -- Facebook and Twitter are often mentioned in the same breath. Both are pioneering social media platforms that have changed how people and brands communicate. But year-end numbers from Nielsen shows the ...

  42. FCC Moves to Ease Media Cross-Ownership Rule in Big Markets

    December 27, 2011 7:15 AM EST The FCC late in the week agreed to move ahead with a proposal to further easing media cross-ownership rules by loosening a rule that bans companies from owning a TV station and a newspaper in the same market in the top 20 U.S. media markets, the W ...

  43. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  44. Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Janet Jackson, CBS in Super Bowl 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Case

    November 02, 2011 3:47 PM EDT A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld its finding that the Federal Communications Commissions acted improperly in fining CBS over the fleeting exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. A three-judge pa ...

  45. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  46. Business Matters: Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision

    October 05, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision -- Michael Robertson has attracted more legal problems. Most recently he was in court with EMI over MP3tunes.com. In the latest legal dustup, his DAR.fm (which stands for digita ...

  47. Future of Music Coalition Summit Day Two: It's Possible For Musicians To Thrive, But No Easy Answers

    October 05, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Rapper and community activist Che "Rhymefest" Smith talks about the Chicago music scene and his non-profit program Power of Purpose, which teaches young people civic engagement and community organizing through music-making. (Photo: Sarah ...

  48. This Week in Music With Ian Rogers: Future of Music Coalition's Kristin Thomson

    September 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT In the 12th episode of This Week In Music, Ian Rogers sits down with Future of Music Coalition's Kristin Thomson to talk about FMC's initiatives. Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diver ...

  49. Business Matters: Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians

    September 15, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians -- Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastruct ...

  50. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

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