The Senate commerce committee has advanced legislation to the full Senate that aims to improve broadband in rural areas. The bill calls for federal regulators to establish a national standard that would compare rural service quality with the quality in urban areas.
Frontier Communications declined to accept any of the bids on its landline assets in Florida and has resumed talks with bondholders over its debts, sources say.
Media agency executives and marketers report that they would be inclined to spend only a 7% premium for advertising on TV networks that have reduced ad time, per Advertiser Perceptions. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they wouldn't be willing to spend any extra, and 28% said a 10% premium would be justified.
Broadcast tower manufacturer Stainless recently wrote the Federal Communications Commission, noting that less than 5 percent of TV stations have antennas that are on their repack frequency or ready to broadcast after completion of one-third of the repack construction period. Meanwhile, three antenna erector companies say they are fully booked for work next year and do not believe the July 2020 deadline can be met.
The Federal Communications Commission in a 4-0 vote dismissed a proposal by Prometheus Radio Project to change the rules for FM translator siting. The FCC sided with broadcasters who argued that translators boxing in low-power FMs or limiting their ability to relocate was "speculative at best."
Univision is planning to replace departing CEO Randy Falco with Vince Sadusky, a source says. Sadusky has previously served as CEO of Media General and chief financial officer at Telemundo Communications Group.
Comcast's proposed acquisition of Sky is unlikely to face an antitrust review by the British government, says Culture Secretary Matt Hancock. The deal will still face an antitrust review by the EU, which is scheduled to make a decision by June 15.
The Federal Communications Commission is accepting new public comments on Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media now that the two companies have proposed several local station sales in a bid to gain regulatory approval for the merger. Comments will be accepted through July 12.
"American Idol" judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, guest mentor and radio host Bobby Bones and host Ryan Seacrest share their thoughts on the final three "American Idol" finalists ahead of the season finale. Bryan says that the goal has been to find someone who will be successful on the radio, with Perry saying she sees the most potential in the country finalists due to the strength of country radio.