Joseph Van Eaton

Joseph Van Eaton

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FCC Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

As the Federal Cable Communications Commission gets ready to adopt a new rule on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to include companies that provide video via the public Internet,...more

8/18/2015 - Cable Operators Cable Television Providers Ex-Parte Communications FCC Internet Streaming Media Online Videos State and Local Government

Texas Takes Step Toward Approving Charter/TWC Cable Merger

With approval of their proposed merger pending in the FCC, Charter and TWC recently filed an application to amend service provider certifications of operating authority with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. On Friday,...more

7/21/2015 - Cable Television Providers Charter Communications FCC Mergers Public Utilities Commission Time Warner

Charter/Time Warner Tout Benefits, Seek Approval of Merger in State and Federal Filings

Local Governments Can Protect Themselves and the Public By Filing Comments - Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC...more

7/16/2015 - Cable Television Providers Charter Communications Competition FCC Mergers Public Comment Public Utilities Commission Telecommunications Time Warner

Merging Cable Companies List Benefits for FCC Approval

Charter Communications, Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Advance/Newhouse Partnership recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC seeking approval of the proposed merger of the companies. The FCC must determine...more

7/14/2015 - Cable Television Providers Charter Communications Competition FCC Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Mergers Time Warner

FCC Begins Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

Local governments may also have authority to review, raise concerns and seek conditions to protect their communities - The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger...more

7/2/2015 - Charter Communications FCC Mergers Time Warner

Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

7/1/2015 - Charter Communications Comcast FCC Mergers Public Interest Public Utilities Commission Telecommunications Time Warner Cable

CityLinkLA: Broadband Access for All

The City of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Participants to create public-private partnerships to build a fiber-to-the-premises network that would offer gigabit-level speeds to residents and businesses at significantly...more


Municipal Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit

A cable operator generally cannot transfer control of its business or transfer its cable franchise without the prior approval of the franchising authority. This gives the franchising authority the opportunity to resolve...more

5/29/2015 - Cable Operators Cable Television Providers Change in Control FCC Franchise Agreements Franchises Municipalities Renewal Options SEC Transfer of Interest

Communications Technology Transitions

FCC Seeks Local Government Views - It is rare for the Federal Communications Commission to expressly invite local government participation in formulating communications policy, so when this happens it is worth special...more

1/13/2015 - FCC NPRM Public Comment Public Policy Telecommunications

Proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Swaps/Sales Spark Thousands of Filings at the FCC; Responses Due Sept. 23

The proposed merger of the two largest cable operators in the country, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and the related system swaps and sales involving Charter Communications, have generated an enormous amount of press...more

8/28/2014 - Broadband Cable Television Providers Comcast FCC Public Comment Time Warner

New Opportunities for California Arise from Mega Cable Merger

In an earlier post, we talked about the FCC’s review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger heating up with more than 65,000 comments filed this week. Folks in California may be interested to know that the California Public...more

8/28/2014 - Broadband Comcast CPUC FCC Time Warner

CPUC Review of Comcast-TWC Merger Gives Cities & Schools Opportunity to Improve Broadband Services

The California Public Utilities Commission has decided to focus on the cost and availability of broadband services in its review of the proposed merger between the two largest cable and broadband providers in the state:...more

8/27/2014 - Broadband Comcast CPUC FCC Public Schools School Districts State and Local Government Time Warner

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

If you haven’t been closely monitoring developments in the FCC’s review of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter merger and spin-off transactions, then you may have missed some critical announcements. ...more

7/16/2014 - Charter Comcast FCC Spinoffs Time Warner Cable

Comments Due August 25 on Comcast-Time Warner Cable-Charter Merger/Spin Off Transactions

FCC Sets Up Teams to Review Transactions - Last week the FCC made two important announcements concerning its review of the applications filed for approval of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable – Charter cable merger and...more

7/16/2014 - AT&T Comcast DirectTV DOJ FCC Filing Deadlines Mergers Pre-Merger Filing Requirements Public Comment Spinoffs Time Warner

Public Comment Period Open on FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposed Rules

A few weeks ago, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler set off a firestorm when he announced the FCC would consider adopting rules that would allow cable and telephone companies to charge Internet content providers (such as Amazon,...more

5/21/2014 - Amazon Cable Television Providers FCC Google Internet Internet Service Providers (ISPs) iTunes Net Neutrality Public Comment SnapChat Telecommunications

Cities Asking Congress to Support Dwindling Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Channels

Public, educational and government (PEG) channels across the U.S. have been closing and consolidating over the last few years. This is the result of: (1) the economic downturn’s impact on municipal funding, (2) an...more

4/7/2014 - FCC Television Programming

The Fight Over Wireless Siting Heats Up . . . And Moves Into the Halls of the FCC

We’ve blogged previously about an FCC wireless-siting rulemaking that could affect the zoning of wireless-service facilities in almost every U.S. community. The formal comment period has now closed, and dozens of comments...more

3/11/2014 - Cell Towers FCC Wireless Technology

A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Merger

A proposed transfer of control of a cable television operator or a transfer of a cable television A Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit for the Time Warner-Comcast Mergerfranchise presents the franchising authority with a...more

3/10/2014 - Comcast Franchises Time Warner Transfers

Responding to the Time Warner–Comcast Merger: Why Your Community Should Get Involved

Local governments should be concerned about the proposed Time Warner-Comcast merger – and ought to be planning now to address those concerns at the local, state and federal level....more

2/17/2014 - Comcast DOJ FCC Mergers Time Warner

How Will Arlington v. F.C.C. Affect the Future Development of Telecommunications Law? (Or Will It Have Any Effect?)

On May 20 of last year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Arlington v. F.C.C (2013). The decision settled — in favor of administrative agencies — a long-standing administrative law question: whether the Chevron...more

2/7/2014 - City of Arlington v FCC FCC SCOTUS Telecommunications

Local Governments and Industry Providers Comment on FCC Rulemaking

Local governments and wireless tower and service providers – more than 200 participants in total – filed comments with the FCC on Monday in response to the agency’s new proposed rules that would limit local and state...more

2/6/2014 - Cell Towers FCC Wireless Industry

Court Decision Threatens Open Internet; Guts FCC “Net Neutrality” Rules

The D.C. Circuit has issued a decision gutting FCC rules that prevented companies like Comcast and Verizon from blocking access to, or charging extra fees to companies like Amazon, Apple and Netflix that seek to distribute...more

1/23/2014 - FCC Internet Net Neutrality

Court Denies Cell-Tower Company's Challenge to Initiative Requiring Voter-Approval Before City Can Lease Property

Decision Could Be Relevant to Upcoming FCC Rulemaking - An appellate court last week ruled that a provision of the federal Communications Act limiting how a local government may regulate the “placement, construction,...more

12/17/2013 - Cell Towers FCC Local Governance State and Local Government

FCC Requests Comment on Wireless Broadband Rules That Could Limit Local Government Authority - February Deadline Set for Public...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today formally released and requested comment on proposed rules to accelerate the expansion of wireless broadband services nationwide, which could limit local governments’ zoning...more

12/5/2013 - FCC Mobile Broadband Services State and Local Government Wireless Industry

FCC Proposes New Rules On Local Wireless Siting [Video]

The Federal Communications Commission is considering adopting rules that could limit local governments’ zoning authority and allow wireless-service providers to add facilities to existing buildings, towers, and other...more

11/25/2013 - Cell Towers FCC Wireless Industry

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