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Starting in January, FCC officials to hit the road to woo broadcasters to incentive auction

FCC officials are going to conduct more than a dozen field visits from January to mid-April next year with broadcasters to give them more information about the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction. The outreach effort will cover around 50 television markets, and not just the largest ones.

FCC set to unveil pay-TV programming deals on Nov. 17

Major media conglomerates Disney, Fox, CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., among others, have asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the FCC from publicly disclosing detailed information about programming deals with pay-TV operators.

FilmOn CEO David sounds off on the FCC, Aereo and OTT trends

Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn, has been making his presence known at the FCC by attempting to rally support for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) circulated by agency Chairman Tom Wheeler that could change the definition of a multi video program distributor (MVPD). Sam Bookman, editor of  FierceOnlineVideo,  caught up with David to talk about his visit to the FCC, FilmOn's business model and how he sees the over the top (OTT) video market evolving.

AWS-3 spectrum auction primer: What you need to know before the bidding starts

After years of buildup and preparation, on Nov. 13 the FCC will formally kick off Auction 97, better known as the AWS-3 auction. It will be the largest and most consequential auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. 65 MHz of spectrum is going to he be auctioned. Who is going to bid? Who is going to win? And how much money are they going to spend? FierceWireless has compiled a handy primer to consult as the auction gets underway.

FCC's net neutrality vote pushed to 2015 as Wheeler pushes back against Obama

President Obama's strident stance on net neutrality appears to have added even more complexity to an already contentious issue, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly reasserting his independence from the president and attempting to charge ahead with his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue.

AT&T's Stephenson: Iusacell deal will create synergies with Cricket prepaid biz

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he is enthusiastic about the growth prospects for the company in Mexico following the company's announcement of a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Mexican operator Iusacell. He also said that a large portion of the customer base of AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand has personal connections to the Mexican market, and there will be synergies between Cricket and Iusacell.

Entner: The market response to regulating the Internet? Not good.

President Obama's foray into broadband policy could represent a major turning point in telecommunications and internet policy both for the United States and the world as a whole, if the FCC adheres to what the President requested. In a world where prices decline, services improve, and choices increase, this country's most senior leader has decided that a heavy-handed regulatory framework developed 80 years ago is the right vehicle to grow jobs, attract investment and catalyze innovation in the digital economy.

T-Mobile's Legere opposes reclassifying broadband under Title II in net neutrality debate

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere came out against President Barack Obama's statement in support of the "strongest possible" net neutrality rules and his push for the FCC to reclassify broadband as Title II common carrier services. While not surprising, given T-Mobile's past stance on net neutrality, the opinion offered by Legere puts him in league with Verizon Communications and AT&T, two companies he is usually railing against.

FilmOn CEO: FCC 'extremely positive' toward virtual MVPDs, Aereo's subscriber numbers 'really pitiful'

Change is inevitable. That's the mantra being carried by Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn. The outspoken executive made the rounds at the FCC last week, attempting to rally support for a NPRM circulated by agency Chairman Tom Wheeler that could change the definition of an MVPD. Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, chatted with David following his latest FCC visit to get his view of the climate at the commission, an overview of FilmOn's business model, and how he sees the OTT landscape evolving in the near future.

NCTA, cable companies 'stunned' by President's Title II endorsement

With President Barack Obama stridently encouraging the FCC to adopt Title II Internet regulation, National Cable Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell was among the high-profile cable-industry denizens who let out an equally strident negative response.