• Rules & Regs
: The Washington Post
’s Cecilia Kang
reports California’s tech giants are strongly lobbying against a California bill “that would require users’ [minors] permission to display personal information such as home addresses and phone numbers.” --- As Stifel Nicolaus
’ Rebecca Arbogast
and David Kaut
report, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act
is being pushed hard: “Leading the charge is Senate Commerce Committee
(D-WV), who along with four other Democratic senators held a press conference yesterday to urge passage ... by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (a public safety network was a recommendation of the national 9/11 commission). While we didn’t hear much new, we believe the advocacy reflects an intensity that is noteworthy because it will be needed to overcome all the obstacles.” --- FCC
plans a public forum “aimed at helping consumers navigate location-based services” on June 28th from 9 to 3 @ HQ.
• Retrans & Renewals
: The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research
) is weighing into the retrans debate with a paper insisting, “Based on the high and rising prices for over-the-air programming, it is clear that distributors are at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating with broadcasters. This means that consumers are the big losers of retransmission consent – both by potential blackouts and paying higher prices for years to come.” Hard to tell from the web site just who backs them, though.
: Jon Stewart
’s studio audience last night booed new Comcast
exec and soon-to-be former FCC
Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker
as The Daily Show
ran a segment called, “Well, That Was Fast.” --- Coast-to-coast and in between newspaper editorials, blogs and hallway gossip is piling on, too ... even out in the Seattle Times
(“So much for ethics and public service; it’s time to get paid.”). Very unusual tone deaf moves from Comcast’s David Cohen
and Kyle McSlarrow
. Of course, it’ll all blow over. - PSM
: A later window for Hulu
? That’s the buzz as renewals loom. --- dishonline.com
adds more Turner
nets (with TV everywhere authenticating).
predicts the 3DTV market will jump 500% in ’11 driven by European sales. --- BBC
is thinking of doing Wimbledon in 3D.
: Read about Bitcoin here
at Business Insider
. --- Meanwhile, ISIS
wants Silicon Valley giants and Sprint
to join its mobile payments initiative.
• Measurements & Ratings
has integrated the 1st wave of Epsilon
's anonymous demographics/lifestyle info into its local TV measurements.
: SNL Kagan
’s Christina M. Mitchell
’s COO/Prez Lowell McAdam
(who once was CEO of Verizon Wireless
) said the spectrum crunch made AT&T
“inevitable.” --- Clearwire
(which might bid for Nortel
patents) as its Wi-Max outsource.
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