Streamers and ISPs lobby for and against US net neutrality plan

Net neutrality is back on the agenda in the US, with submissions to the FCC’s proposed plan to reclassify broadband as a Title II service closing this week. The US cable operators’ group, the NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, has argued consistently against the return of rules that could prevent them from blocking, […]

FCC in plan to stop early TV termination fees

US Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has unveiled a plan to stop video service providers from charging early termination fees to subscribers. The FCC has introduced a proposal to eliminate what it describes as video service junk fee billing practices by cable operators and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers and study their impact […]

US FCC adopts plan to re-establish net neutrality and Title II

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally begun proceedings to re-establish the principle of net neutrality and the categorisation of broadband internet service provider as telecommunications services under Title II of the country’s Communications Act. Adopting a ‘notice of proposed rulemaking’ on Title II, the FCC said it would seek comment on proposals to […]

FCC’s Rosenworcel calls for blackout refunds, battle over net neutrality looms

FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel has called for US cable and pay TV consumers to be given a refund in the event that programming is ‘blacked out’ because of disputes between operators and content companies. The FCC chair has shared two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking with her fellow Commissioners that would, if adopted by a vote […]

LG pulls out of US NextGen TV market after losing patent case

TV manufacturer LG has taken the decision to suspend manufacturing and sales of its new range of TV models for the US after losing a court case over a patent relevant to ATSC 3.,0, the US Next Gen TV standard. The court case was brought by Constellation Designs, a US tech outfit that alleged LG […]

FCC clears SES C-Band Phase II plans

Satellite operator SES has been cleared by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its Phase II accelerated C-band clearing and relocation activities. SES has completed all of its Phase II C-band clearing and relocation requirements and all transition activities are put forth in its transition plan. Phase II activities included launching five new satellites […]

NAB Show: FCC’s Rosenworcel promises ‘roadmap’ for NextGen TV transition

The FCC is to “develop a roadmap” for transition to ATSC 3.0, but with the proviso that this is done in a way that does not force consumers to acquire costly equipment to continue to watch television, Jessica Rosenworcel, chairwoman of the FCC told attendees at the NAB Show yesterday. Because the standard is not […]

FCC aims to mandate ‘all-in’ cable and pay TV pricing

US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has said she wants to mandate cable and pay TV operators to specify the ‘all-in’ price of TV services prominently in promotional material and bills. Specifically, cable and direct-to-home pay TV providers would be required to state the total cost of video programming service clearly and prominently, […]

Plume hails FCC permission to test AFC in 6GHz band for WiFi

WiFi specialist Plume is among 13 companies licensed by the US FCC to proceed with the testing of automated frequency control (AFC) systems in the 6GHz frequency band. Globally, Plume’s cloud-based control system serves more than 43 million homes and already supports WiFi 6E, which allows low-power transmission in the 6GHz band. The FCC’s conditional […]

US court knocks down FCC rule that would make broadcasters check sponsor identities

Broadcasters in the US are not compelled to check their sponsors’ identities, a US appeals court has decided. In March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implemented new rules for leasing agreements that would force broadcasters to disclose sponsorship from foreign governments. The rule change was announced shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began as […]

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