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Susan Crawford Explains the Significance of the Comcast–Time Warner Cable Merger
By Gizem Orbey

“Internet access feels like clean water and energy, but it is treated like a luxury, and the whole country is forced towards a giant buffet,” explained Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, at a JOLT event last week. Professor Crawford, who is also a former White House Special Assistant, spoke about the significance of Comcast’s recent bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. The proposed merger would consolidate a third of the nation’s cable marketplace into Comcast’s hands.

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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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Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Corey Omer

Facebook Acquires WhatsApp for $19 Billion

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The FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules

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Posted On Feb - 24 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Comcast as a Media Powerhouse: A Threat to Consumers?
By Insue Kim – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

Comcast has proposed to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, in a merger that could have far-reaching implications for the media and communications industry. Comcast hopes the merger will further its longstanding strategy of growing into a broadband and media powerhouse. Critics voice concerns about consolidation of power, and analysts highlight Comcast’s powerful lobbying operation in Washington.

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Posted On Feb - 23 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Judge Rejects Verizon’s Challenge to New FCC Data Roaming Rule

Cellco P’ship v. FCC
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a facial challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) new rule requiring “providers of commercial mobile-data services to offer data roaming agreements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms.”  The court held that the FCC had statutory authority to regulate data roaming, and that the flexibility of the new requirement does not amount to the imposition of common carrier requirements.

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