The D.C Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on April 6, 2010, that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has no authority to regulate an Internet service provider's (ISP) network management practices. Some commentators speculated that the decision could represent a serious setback for advocates of "net neutrality," the doctrine that requires Internet service providers to treat all content equally.
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Pressure from Washington D.C. over their role in contributing to obesity in children has driven food companies to create new, stricter rules on advertising.
FCC Releases Report on Television Violence; Critics Challenge Conclusions and Recommendations on Various Grounds
A long-awaited Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report, released April 25, 2007, said that research shows a connection between television violence and children’s aggressive behavior, and recommended that Congress act to limit how much violence children are exposed to on television.
Armstrong Williams’ Programs Continue to Raise Controversy
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed fines totaling $76,000 against two cable companies for failing to disclose that segments they aired featuring conservative pundit Armstrong Williams had been sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
For the first time ever, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed fines against a cable television company for failing to disclose to viewers that segments it aired as news were actually produced by corporations. Some commentators have said the fines may signal a broader crackdown.
An effort by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin to increase his agency’s regulatory power over cable television was turned back in November by strong opposition from fellow commissioners bolstered by cable industry lobbyists.
In a 3-2 vote along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new media ownership rules on Dec. 18, 2007 that would allow more newspaper-broadcast combinations in the largest cities.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill May 15, 2008 that would overturn rules adopted in December 2007 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to loosen media cross-ownership restrictions.
Despite intense opposition based on “as much passion and emotion as reason,” a lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) argued that the recent decision to relax the 32-year-old ban on joint ownership of media outlets would improve news coverage through the combination of resources at the Silha Fall Forum Oct. 23, 2008.