In 2007, then-Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin rammed through controversial rules that would have allowed further media consolidation of newspapers and broadcast television stations. The change met significant opposition from the public and Congress, and was eventually overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 5–0 to approve Verizon’s purchase of a valuable slice of the public airwaves in exchange for a partnership with a cartel of cable companies. While both the FCC and the Department of Justice — which signed off on the swap last week — placed conditions on the deal, it signals dark days ahead for consumers.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to approve Verizon’s deal to acquire spectrum from a consortium of the nation’s largest cable companies. The FCC put several conditions on its approval of the deal.
The Department of Justice signed off on the deal last week.
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that it would allow Verizon’s deals to buy spectrum from a consortium of the nation's largest cable companies to move forward. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski also announced he would circulate an order approving the deal to the other four commissioners for a vote.
In its consent decree, the DoJ placed limits on Verizon and SpectrumCo’s deals to cross-market each other’s services.
On Tuesday, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to consider the history and the continued importance of federal laws designed to protect people who subscribe to cable television, satellite or other such multichannel video packages.
Three public interest groups plan to file a formal complaint accusing AT&T of violating U.S. Internet rules if the wireless service provider goes ahead with a plan to limit use of Apple's FaceTime application to certain customers.
The FCC has approved Verizon's $3.6 billion purchase of cellular frequencies from the nation's largest cable companies. The five commissioners voted unanimously to approve the deal and the order was publicly released.
Reaction from critics of the Verizon/SpectrumCo deal were quick to register their disapproval after the FCC released the order approving Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of spectrum from some major cable operators.
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A panel of judges has ruled in favor of the FCC's Net Neutrality rules.
Winning this case is a major victory for internet users like you.