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FCC Overturns North Carolina and Tennessee Restrictions to Expansion of Community Broadband

By Lan Du – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) voted to preempt the North Carolina and Tennessee state laws preventing the expansion of community broadband networks.  The FCC order came in response to petitions filed by two municipal broadband networks: the City of Wilson, North Carolina and the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The FCC concluded that provisions of Tennessee and North Carolina laws erected barriers to competition, and conflicted with Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Aereo Struggles as Supreme Court Finds It Violated Copyright Law
By Jenny Choi – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On June 25, 2014, in its 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Aereo, Inc.  The U.S. Supreme Court held that Aereo violated the Copyright Act of 1976 for streaming TV shows shortly after they were broadcast without paying for the copyrighted works.  As a result, Aereo suspended its service and has struggled to find a way to re-operate its business. This decision has not come without criticism, however, as some warn this ad hoc decision could lead to uncertainty in the courts.

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FCC Cancels Controversial Plan to Survey Nation’s Newsrooms
By Corey Omer – Edited by Kim Meyer

Following intense criticism, the Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on a plan to ask media owners, news directors, and reporters invasive questions about editorial judgment and journalistic practices. A field study of the survey was scheduled to begin in South Carolina this spring but, on February 28, 2014, the agency issued a two-sentence statement laying the study permanently to rest.

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Dish Network’s “Hopper” Free to Skip Commercials as Ninth Circuit Rejects Fox’s Case for Preliminary Injunction

Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network
By Simon Heimowitz – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of Fox Broadcasting Company’s (“Fox”) request for a preliminary injunction against a Dish Network (“Dish”) product associated with Dish’s “Hopper.” The Hopper allows subscribers to automatically record Fox’s primetime television shows, then view them with the commercials fast-forwarded.

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Posted On Aug - 6 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Second Circuit Affirms Streaming Broadcast TV Not Copyright Infringement

WNET, Thirteen v. Aereo, Inc.
By Natalie Kim – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the Southern District of New York’s July 2012 denial of a preliminary injunction motion filed against Aereo by several broadcast TV networks.

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Posted On Apr - 10 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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