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Most FCC complaints come from single group

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Nearly all the indecency complaints made to the Federal Communications Commission in 2003 were generated by a single group, Mediaweek.com said.

FCC approves software radio device

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The FCC has announced its approval of the first software defined radio device allowed in the United States.

FCC looks into racy ABC promo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The Federal Communications Commission will examine an ABC promo for "Desperate Housewives" the aired on "Monday Night Football" and enraged some viewers.

Presidential winner could shape FCC

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The winner of the 2004 presidential election may be in position to reshape the Federal Communications Commission, the Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

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Stern, Powell have it out on the air

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Howard Stern and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell locked horns on a radio talk show, CNN reported Wednesday.

The Web: Broadband -- over power lines?

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A weekly series by UPI examining the global telecommunications phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. This week: Consumers soon may be able to access high-speed, broadband Internet services over their electric power lines as well as their telephone lines
GENE KOPROWSKI, United Press International

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Digital TV deadline may extend to 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. government wants to extend the deadline for ending analog transmission of TV broadcasts to give consumers more time to buy digital TVs.

House Dems ask FCC to investigate Sinclair

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- House Democrats asked the FCC Wednesday to investigation Sinclair Broadcasting Inc.'s decision to air a 90-minute anti-Kerry attack documentary.

Imus says Stern to draw FCC on satellite

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Radio host Don Imus says he's not surprised by Howard Stern's move to satellite, but warns radio's bad boy broadcaster may still have to deal with the FCC.

Analysis: Satcasting in Howard Stern's future

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Howard Stern's impending jump from conventional radio to satellite may not be the death knell for AM and FM radio, but it does seem to be a fairly clear indicator of more dramatic transformation to come in the media environment. Stern's radio antics ha
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Wireless World: 'Fiction' of telecom rules

A series by UPI examining emerging wireless telecommunications technologies. This week: Technology entrepreneurs are creating a continual array of new technologies, from wireless-fidelity networks to high-speed Internet, for mobile consumers and business
GENE KOPROWSKI, United Press International

FCC wants more children's TV programming

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is demanding more children's shows with Wednesday's expansion of digital spectrum, USA Today reports.

Analysis: Politics as profit center

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- One new study shows that broadcasters are enjoying increasing revenue from political ads, while another finds that TV stations are reluctant to televise candida
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

FCC launching new alert system

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is replacing its Emergency Broadcast System with a new version that works even if people's TVs or radios are off.

Unions want hearings on media ownership

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Congressional representative have met with FCC officials in Washington to urge hearings be held on media-ownership consolidation.

Nextel gets airwaves to ease radio problem

NEW YORKL, July 9 (UPI) -- Nextel Communications has won additional U.S. airwave space to help end interference between its phones and public safety radios.

Cell-number portability goes nationwide

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The Federal Communications Commission announced beginning Monday, all U.S. cell-phone users can keep their phone numbers when changing wireless carriers.

The Web: Toward a regulation-free Internet

A series by UPI examining the global telecommunications phenomenon known as the World Wide Web. This week: The Federal Communications Commission and Congress are wrestling with the issue of whether phone calls over the Internet should be regulated. The pr
GENE J. KOPROWSKI, United Press International

Cable operators criticize FCC

NEW ORLEANS, May 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said it will not ease up on its TV indecency enforcement efforts, even as some cable operators cry censorship.

Pols ask FCC to monitor violence on TV

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers have asked the Federal Communications Commission to consider monitoring violence as well as sex on television, it was reported Tuesday.

Analysis: Election year decency?

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) -- The current contretemps about broadcast indecency brings to mind the last major nationwide controversy about out-of-control media, when Congress and the Federal
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

FCC imposes new fines on Howard Stern

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- The Federal Communications Commission continued a promised crackdown on broadcast indecency Thursday by issuing a fine on the Howard Stern radio show.

Ham radio cool to Internet via power lines

CINCINNATI, March 5 (UPI) -- Cinergy is denying its planned launch next week of high-speed Internet service delivered over power lines could cause ham radio interference.
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