A "handful" of complaints have been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of NBC and CNN using the profane word spoken by President Donald Trump during a meeting on immigration, said an FCC representative. The National Association of Broadcasters' Dennis Wharton said, "We're confident the news exemption that absolved broadcasters of indecency fines in the past will apply in this case, as well."
Sinclair Broadcast Group's content sponsored by the Huntsman Cancer Foundation was simply a form of native advertising, writes Harry Jessell. Receiving a fine of $13.4 million for failing to disclose the sponsorship showcases a discriminatory regulation against broadcasters that is antiquated and needs to be eliminated, Jessell writes.
A lack of "reasonable safeguards" by Hawaii's government contributed to the false missile alarm that created panic across the state, said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai said that the state's officials need to identify vulnerabilities and that the FCC will work to prevent a repeat of the incident.
NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn will return to his role Tuesday after a medical leave of absence. Mohn has been cleared by his doctor to return to work after having open heart surgery last year.
An AT&T executive recently described how the telecom is responding to concerns about internet of things security, saying, "We design everything we do with security in mind." Chris Penrose, AT&T's president of IoT, says the carrier takes a multilayered approach that encompasses the device, the network and the app, adding that AT&T is "uniquely positioned" to anticipate and contain threats.
Federal regulators this month are expected to adopt a 100-page public notice related to Connect America Fund II, a reverse auction for providing broadband funding to telecoms in areas where price cap carriers rejected the grants. The notice calls for a March 30 deadline for applying, sets a tentative July 24 start date and responds to concerns carriers voiced about the process.
The newest laptops on display last week in Las Vegas are acting more like phones, with continuous LTE connectivity, prolonged battery life and processors related to those embedded in smartphones. The laptops run a less robust version of Windows called 10 S.
Software-defined WAN technology is becoming more comprehensive and pervasive with its new features, says Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent Communications. "SD-WAN will become the dominant platform for location-to-location private networking and will replace MPLS," he said at an investment conference.
NBC Sports Group's Dan Lovinger has revealed that the network has "less than 10" spots available to buy during the Super Bowl, and that 30-second ads are being sold for over $5 million on average to hit a total of $500 million revenue for the day. NBC also expects to make $900 million for ads during the Winter Olympics.
Cablevision owner and Altice NV founder Patrick Drahi is spinning off his American assets to current shareholders in a bid to reduce debt. Drahi will maintain control of both entities, but he is focusing on selling noncore businesses and putting money into his European business.