Gregory J. Holman Springfield News-Leader Published 6:19 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission released the results of a $254 million auction Tuesday, part of an effort known as Connect America Fund II. The Trump administration is using CAF II to disburse more than $2 billion toward expanding broadband internet service to rural areas where low population density and high costs have discouraged the private sector from investing, TechCrunch reported. An FCC news release said that in Missouri, 95,130 rural homes and small businesses stand to "gain access to to high-speed internet service for the first time" over the coming decade. MORE: In slow start, 12 rural Missouri schools join Greitens' broadband initiative in first year Eleven broadband-internet providers won support from CAF II. Absent the program, according to the FCC news release, "this type of broadband expansion and ongoing service would not be economically feasible." FCC Chairman Ajit Pai weighed … [Read more...] about FCC: 95,000 rural Missouri homes and businesses will soon get broadband internet
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai declined Thursday to follow through on a request from 12 senators that his bureau review Sinclair Broadcasting group’s license and temporarily block its merger with Tribune Media. Eleven Democratic senators and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote their request in a letter to Pai Thursday that highlighted the local television media conglomerate’s recent move to force its anchors in dozens of U.S. cities to read a scripted, uniform segment blasting “fake news” and media bias that favors liberals. Among the Democratic senators who co-signed the letter were Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal. Pai rejected their request via a letter of his own Thursday, saying the FCC could not revoke licenses over the contents of a particular newscast. That statement tracked with comments he made last year when President Donald … [Read more...] about FCC Rejects Democrats’ Request to Review Sinclair License
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WASHINGTON • Twelve U.S. senators on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group for "deliberately distorting news" and asked the commission to pause its ongoing review of the company's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co.Sinclair, which is already the largest U.S. broadcast station owner, announced plans in May 2017 to acquire Tribune’s 42 TV stations in 33 markets, extending its reach to 72 percent of American households.In a letter, the senators, 11 Democrats and independent Bernie Sanders, expressed concern about local news anchors at Sinclair-owned stations around the country being forced to read company-mandated scripts. The scripts criticized "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country" and have drawn fire."We are concerned that Sinclair is engaged in a systematic news distortion operation that seeks to undermine freedom of the press and the robust localism and … [Read more...] about Lawmakers seek FCC probe of Sinclair news scripts, pause in Tribune review
A dozen U.S. lawmakers are asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether or not Sinclair Broadcast Group is "deliberately distorting" the news. USA Today reports 12 Democratic senators have sent a letter to FCC chairman Ajit Pai calling for an investigation of Sinclair, which owns or operates nearly 200 TV stations, including CNY Central in Syracuse and stations in Buffalo, Rochester and Albany. "We have strong concerns that Sinclair has violated the public interest obligation inherent in holding broadcast licenses," Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and others wrote Wednesday. "Sinclair may have violated the FCC's longstanding policy against broadcast licensees deliberately distorting news by staging, slanting, or falsifying information (traditionally known as the news distortion standard)," the letter continued. "These Sinclair … [Read more...] about Senators ask FCC to investigate Sinclair: Is CNY Central owner distorting news?