Senate Commerce Committee

  1. U.S. Debt Fight Could Bring More Airwaves For Broadband

    July 29, 2011 6:26 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would direct the Federal Communications Commission to auction off highly valuable radio spectrum to ...

  2. Internet Privacy Controls Challenges Tech Industry, Marketers

    July 27, 2011 5:43 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way to prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web - or face regulation. Yet for all its inno ...

  3. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

  4. One-Word, Image Indecency Bill Introduced

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Senate Commerce Committee this afternoon marked up the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act, (S.1780), introduced last week by West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller and immediately gained important co-sponsorship from leading leg ...

  5. Karmazin Reiterates Sirius/XM Merger Benefits

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Making another appearance in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning (April 17) regarding the proposed merger of his company, Sirius Satellite Radio and competitor XM Satellite Radio, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin this time appeared before the Senate Commi ...

  6. Senate Panel Clears B'cast Flag

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give the FCC authority to promulgate regulations designed to protect content delivered by digital broadcasts. A key Senate committee approved legislation that ultimately will give th ...

  7. Senators Set March Timetable for NAB-RIAA Pact

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Eyeing March/April to begin writing legislation. Tuesday morning’s (Feb. 24) Senate Commerce Committee was supposed to hash out some of the key issues surrounding the use of a broadcast flag to protect the copyright holders of video and audio cont ...

  8. Cable, Satcasters In Senate's Crosshairs

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Lawmakers began decency forum Nov. 29. It was television, rather than radio, that was singled out in early remarks made by three senators and the FCC chairman during opening presentations at Tuesday's (Nov. 29) Senate Commerce Committee forum ...

  9. Abernathy To Depart FCC

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the White House that she will leave the post on Dec. 9. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Federal Communications Commission chairman Kathleen Abernathy has told the ...

  10. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush announced Nov. 9 his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term at the agen WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush announced N ...

  11. Senate To Hold Open Forum On TV Indecency

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Senate Commerce Committee is planning an "open forum" Nov. 29 to discuss indecent content aired on television, as a first step in crafting legislation to limit such material. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate Commerce Committee is plann ...

  12. Bush Chooses FCC Commissioners

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his intention to nominate Republican Tennessee regulator Deborah Tate as an FCC commissioner and renominate Democratic regulator Michael Copps to a new term a President Bush tonight (Nov. 9) announced his ...

  13. Senate To Hold Open Forum On TV Indecency

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST First step to limit such material. The Senate Commerce Committee is planning an "open forum" Nov. 29 to discuss indecent content aired on television, as a first step in crafting legislation to limit such material. Committee chairman Sen. ...

  14. Cablers Claim Multicast Too Costly

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cable operators are claiming that forcing them to carry all of the digital TV streams a broadcaster can program could cost the industry in excess of $100 billion, according to a new study. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Cable operato ...

  15. Congress Completes Pre-Recess Hearings

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A senior Senate leader concluding the first two follow-up hearings on the MGM vs. Grokster Supreme Court case sends a warning to witnesses representing P2P companies and Internet service providers be WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate and House adjour ...

  16. Washington Roundup: Hearings, Lawsuits

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT This Washington Roundup takes a look at the recent follow-up hearing on Grokster, the RIAA's new round of "John Doe" lawsuits against 765 illegal file sharers across the country--that brings the total The Senate and House adjourned ...

  17. Artist Groups, Unions Grateful To Spitzer

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Years of petitions validated. Recording artist groups and unions are unanimously grateful that New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has acted on "pay for play" practices after several years of petitions to Congress and the FCC to no a ...

  18. Broadcasters OK With '09 Digital Date

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In an attempt to get the transition to digital TV out of low gear, broadcasters told a Senate panel July 12 that they are not fighting congressional attempts to set a "hard date" for the switch. WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  19. Cable Industry And Senators Offer Kid-Friendly Packages

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two Senate Commerce Committee lawmakers are praising the cable industry's announcement April 28 to put in place better safeguards for parents who want to protect their children from racy and violent p WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two Senate Commerce C ...

  20. Broadcast Indecency Legislation Introduced

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told reporters on March 11 that he plans to introduce legislation that would require premium cable TV stations and satellite radio outlets to offer subscribers the same con WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska ...

  21. Broadcast Indecency Legislation Planned

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told reporters today (March 11) that he plans to introduce legislation that would require premium cable TV stations and satellite radio outlets to offer subscribers the sam Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, told reporters tod ...

  22. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST In an overwhelming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives on Feb. 16 passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an overwhelming bipartis ...

  23. House Passes Indecency Bill

    February 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Measure revises fines for performers. In an overwhleming bipartisan show of support for tougher indecency penalties, the House of Representatives today (Feb. 16) passed a modified Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, by a vote of 389-38. It now goes ...

  24. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, the Nov. 2 U.S. election means one thing: status quo. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the music, movie, broadcast and technology indust ...

  25. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, yesterday's U.S. election means one thing: status quo. For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depe ...

  26. For Biz, Election Means Familiar Faces In D.C.

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Insiders expect more indecency fines. For the music, movie, broadcast and technology industries that depend on Congress to oversee their issues and concerns, yesterday's U.S. election means one thing: status quo. All Republican and Democratic ...

  27. NY State Attorney General Targets Radio Promotion

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI has confirmed that it has received a request "for information regarding practices in connection with the promotion of records on New York state radio stations." The announcement followed an Oct. 2 EMI has confirmed that it has receiv ...

  28. Update: Artists' Groups Laud Spitzer Action

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT FMC, AFTRA have decried 'pay for play' at federal level. EMI has confirmed that it has received a request from New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer “for information regarding practices in connection with the promotion of records ...

  29. Broadcasters Win Approval of DTV Proposal

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Broadcasters have beat back a proposal that would have required them to give up their analog channels and switch entirely to digital transmissions by 2009. Their allies on the Senate Commerce Committe WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- B ...

  30. Rock Stars, Lawmakers Meet At FMC Summit

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following a keynote speech Monday (May 3) by FCC commissioner Michael Copps, attendees at the second day of the Future of Music Policy Summit at George Washington University will hear from panelists r WASHINGTON, D.C.--Following a keynote speech M ...

  31. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  32. Congress Boosts Indecency Fines

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation last Thursday that directs the Federal Communications Commission to fine broadcasters up to $500,000 for airing smutty TV or radio WASHINGTON--The U.S. House of Representatives ...

  33. Kazaa Case Hits New Snag

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST SYDNEY--The Australian record industry's attempts to launch a copyright infringement case against Kazaa is facing another stumbling block. Lawyers for Kazaa's Sydney-based parent Sharman Networks lodg Internet Giants Join Forces Against ...

  34. Senate Bill Would Let FCC Fine Artists

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Senate Commerce Committee today (March 9) passed legislation that would give the Federal Communications Commission authority to fine recording artists or other figures up to $500,000 for knowingly The Senate Commerce Committee today (March 9) ...

  35. McCain Urges FCC 'Proactivity' On Indecency Issues

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Republican Sen. John McCain urged the Federal Communications Commission to be "far more proactive" in addressing indecency issues and warned against media industry consolidation at a recent press even NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter)--R ...

  36. Clear Channel Yanks Howard Stern Off Six Channels

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST <ul><li> Victims' Relief Aid Fund Proposed In Wake Of R.I. Nightclub Deaths</li> <li> Calif. Sen. Backs Proposed New Internet Piracy Bill</li> <li> South By Southwest Conference Panels Offer CLE Credi Clear ...

  37. FCC Chief Calls Halftime Show 'A New Low'

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission told lawmakers Wednesday that the Super Bowl halftime show was "a new low for prime-time television." The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission told lawmakers Wednesday th ...