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FCC: Communications Workers are Essential

By: Laurel Duggan The FCC has released a letter urging governors to recognize communications laborers—including cable operators, TV and radio broadcasters, and satellite providers—as essential to the pandemic response. The letter, written by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs, asks that states prioritize communications personnel…

A Modern Antitrust Paradox

By: Laurel Duggan Maureen Olhausen, Joshua D. Wright, and Geoffrey Manne discussed antitrust law and the problems with reform efforts recently at a panel hosted by the Committee for Justice. The panelists made the case that the American economy is still very competitive, large mergers will not end competition, and…

Deregulation Lets Telehealth Thrive

By: Laurel Duggan At least twenty-three states are temporarily easing regulations on telemedicine in response to COVID-19. There are now more than 500 repealed regulations – including regulations that put up barriers to telehealth and healthcare. The regulations in question prevent healthcare providers from working across state lines; require…

Tech & Telecom Networks Support America through COVID-19

Katie McAuliffe Amidst the panic and uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis, a silver lining has been the resilience shown by the American people. The doctors, nurses, and paramedics fighting Covid-19 on the frontlines are being praised for their public service. However, with resources already stretched thin, medical service workers…

Outdated Radio Regs Could Lead to Radio Silence

Since 1996, the FCC has limited how many radio stations an individual or organization can own in a market. These rules have remained the same, even though the media environment has changed dramatically in the past 23 years.

Time to Let the Sun Set on STELAR

STELAR is past its prime, and it’s time for Congress to allow it to sunset. Decades ago, Congress gave satellite TV companies considerably discounted copyright licenses that allowed them to better compete with the huge cable entities of the time through the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act. These…