F.C.C. Backs Opening Net Neutrality Rules for Debate

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to open for public debate new rules meant to guarantee an open Internet.

Prominent Hollywood Group Opposes F.C.C. Action on Net Neutrality

The open letter from the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors opposes the “dictatorial” manner of the agency in rewriting rules.

The Media Equation: Warnings Along F.C.C.’s Fast Lane

Time and again, when the government tries to insert itself between the Internet and its users, it gets clobbered. This could end up the same way.

Music Industry Pushes Unified Message on Compensation

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is trying to pull together different constituencies to work for a single, all-purpose bill for fair compensation.


F.C.C. to Free Airwaves for Wi-Fi and Wireless Broadband

The commission is trying to ease the congestion that leads to dropped calls and slow loading of online material. It also acted to help curb the cost of cable television service.


Judge Refuses to Alter Pandora’s Payments to Songwriters

The decision to leave unchanged the streaming music service’s royalties to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers may lead to efforts to overhaul government music-licensing regulation.


Media Decoder : Canada Challenges Erotic TV on Level of Domestic Content

The regulator contends AOV Adult Movie Channel, AOV XXX Action Clips and AOV Maleflixxx have not ensured that 35 percent of their programming is Canadian, as required.


New Rules to Reshape Telecom in Mexico

The country’s recently created telecommunications regulator issued tough new conditions that could break up virtual monopolies in phone service and television broadcasting.


F.C.C. Seeks Limits on TV Stations, to Curb Cable Costs

Stations have been trying to get around rules that limit the ownership of multiple broadcasters in a single metropolitan market.


Cigarette Ads Come Back to British TV

Electronic devices are bypassing a loophole in the 50-year-old advertising code, but health officials and critics still have their doubts.


As Services Expand, Cable Bills Keep Rising

The proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable has raised concerns about the rising cost of cable service.


Pandora Suit May Upend Century-Old Royalty Plan

Pandora is squaring off against Ascap in a closely watched trial over royalty payments determined by a system developed long before digital streams and smartphone apps.


Rebuffing F.C.C. in ‘Net Neutrality’ Case, Court Allows Streaming Deals

The decision by a federal appeals court could pave the way for providers like Verizon and AT&T to charge content companies to deliver data at a faster speed.


Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns

A longtime columnist for a gun magazine questioned when the regulation of guns became infringement of the right to bear arms. He was quickly fired, squelching any debate.


F.C.C. Plans Sweeping Changes to Bolster AM Radio

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed loosening or eliminating rules that govern nighttime transmissions by AM stations.


F.C.C. Seeks Better Phone Service for Rural America

The Federal Communications Commission wants to eliminate the 20 percent of long-distance landline calls that go astray.


Memo From Britain: British Tabloids on Trial, Along With Ex-Editors

The trial of former editors in Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is expected to be aggressive and detailed, with the potential for more revelations about the inner workings of British tabloid journalism.


Advertising: Ad-Sponsored Editorial Content Draws Regulator’s Notice

The use of editorial content for promotional purposes is being scrutinized by an investigative unit administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.


A Quest to Save AM Before It’s Lost in the Static

Already ailing, AM radio now is plagued by a new threat: rising interference from smartphones and consumer electronics that reduce many stations to little more than static.


Advertising: E-Cigarette Makers’ Ads Echo Tobacco’s Heyday

Antismoking advocates criticize e-cigarette manufacturers for using the same marketing methods as big tobacco did in the 1950s and ’60s.