The Senate's recent attempt to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality regulations was "a largely symbolic measure that only prolongs this decade-long controversy and does not provide consumers any assurances," the NCTA said in a statement. The American Cable Association echoed NCTA's views, stating that open internet rules could be established but that the Senate's Joint Resolution 52 was not the solution.
IHeartMedia has announced the launch of iHeartMedia Analytics, a service it's promoting as "the first fully digital attribution service for broadcast radio." The service will allow broadcasters to measure and show data in ways similar to digital media, opening up new opportunities for advertisers.
The Office of Special Counsel determined that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai did not violate ethics by participating in a Conservative Political Action Conference panel discussion. However, the OSC says it will conduct Hatch Act training with FCC officials.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is being consistently praised by the media in the wake of his health diagnosis, but the praise will likely be short-lived, Jack Shafer writes. Shafer asserts that press interest will fade as the media begins to recall McCain's conservative leanings.
Comcast has partnered with members of the Conference of Western Attorneys General to launch an online safety campaign through its low-income Internet Essentials program. The company is also working with nonprofits to promote online safety for seniors, parents and children.
A judge on Thursday denied CBS' request for a temporary restraining order against National Amusements and the Redstone family. Meanwhile, 11 of 14 CBS board members moved forward with a vote to strip National Amusements' and the Redstones' voting control over the media company, but the Redstones' recent change to CBS bylaws may prevent the vote from being approved.
Personalized interfaces that improve the customer experience could be key to keeping pay-TV strong in the marketplace, particularly with younger demographics, said a panel at the Pay TV Show. The panel discussed the importance of creating a product that is cost-effective and gives the consumer a more intuitive experience.
The House today voted down a farm bill that included a $600 million allocation for expanding rural broadband. The future of the bill is unclear after the 198-213 vote to reject it in its current form.
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