Claims that the rollback of net neutrality regulations would lead to the destruction of the internet have proved to be baseless, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at a Senate oversight hearing. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., suggested that internet service providers were simply laying low while the rollback faces litigation, while FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed that ability and incentive would eventually lead to internet fast and slow lanes.
The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution affirming that the media is not "the enemy of the people." The resolution was "an opportunity for us to uphold our oath and make clear that we support liberty and free speech," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at a Michigan Association of Broadcasters event this week reiterated the agency's key priorities for radio. The FCC will continue to focus on interference protections for Class A stations, shutting down illegal operators, revitalizing AM radio and bolstering diversity through the FCC's incubator program, Pai said.
Smartphone apps make it easy to access real-time weather updates around the clock, but the updates are based on models that haven't been subject to human interpretation, says meteorologist Paul Dellegatto. Meteorologists can interpret this data, identifying strengths and weaknesses to give a more accurate forecast, Dellegatto says.
Radio stations around the nation have been paying their respects to Aretha Franklin since she died Thursday. Stations such as Radio One urban AC WDMK have been playing Franklin's songs back-to-back, while other station hosts and listeners have weighed in with their thoughts and tributes to "The Queen of Soul."
Altice USA's a4 TV unit has teamed up with Vizio's Inscape in a partnership that will bring more user data to marketers. Under the deal, a4 set-top boxes will be enhanced with data from Vizio's smart TVs, providing marketers with audience insights.
Gracenote has launched Mobile Video Analytics, which provides insights on mobile app performance and viewership. The service uses passive video testing and surveys to gauge engagement and will also let wireless providers detect congested areas in their networks.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told a Senate panel that White House counsel Don McGahn contacted the agency last month seeking a "status update" on the now-defunct Sinclair-Tribune merger. McGahn contacted the FCC after seeing something on the news but did not offer an opinion on the deal, Pai said.
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