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The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement with Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church regarding a radio station in Worcester that has been operating without a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


According to a consent decree filed today and subject to Court approval, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church agree not to operate an unlicensed radio station in violation of the Communications Act of 1934. They also agree to surrender all of their broadcasting equipment. In the event the FCC reasonably suspects that they have violated the Act, the FCC may inspect the premises and seize any broadcasting equipment. Finally, if the FCC determines that the defendants have operated an unlicensed broadcasting station in violation of the settlement, the defendants must pay a $75,000 fine.

According to the signed consent decree, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church admitted that they operated a radio broadcast station in Worcester, on frequency 97.1 MHz, without a license from the FCC, and previously operated an unlicensed radio station on frequency 102.3 MHz. The FCC issued multiple warnings to the illegal operators and issued a forfeiture order in the amount of $15,000 against Oburoni for repeated violation of the Communications Act of 1934. Oburoni agreed to a payment plan, but later began broadcasting again without a license on a different frequency. The FCC received complaints, including from a licensed broadcaster, that the unlicensed station is interfering with radio signals.

The Communications Act of 1934 prohibits the operation of radio broadcasting equipment above certain low-intensity thresholds without a license issued by the FCC. The Act authorizes the Department of Justice, at the request of the FCC, to seek an injunction ordering compliance with the Communications Act against operators broadcasting without an FCC license. The number of available radio frequencies is limited, and unlicensed broadcasting can interfere with the broadcasting of legitimate licensed radio stations, potentially causing chaos in the radio spectrum.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Rosemary Harold, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol E. Head of Lelling’s Asset Recovery Unit is handling the matter.

Fuente: FCC





In a move designed to bring more certainty and clarity to the process of resolving translator inference complaints, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of new guidelines on how to process disputes between translators and full-power FMs.

“The interference resolution process can be lengthy, contentious and expensive for all parties concerned,” said Lisa Scanlan, Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Audio Division. “There is a need for more certainty and clarify regarding how we expect stations to report and resolve issues with translator interference.”

One of the most difficult issues for the Audio Division to resolve as it crafted its proposal was how close an interference-causing translator must be to the full-power FM to be considered actionable. Under the new rules, the FCC will use a station’s outer 45dBu contour limit. That includes establishing a minimum number of additional listener complaints that must be included in any waiver seeking to establish a claim of interference outside the complaining station’s 45dBu contour. While the FCC received proposals calling for a 60dBU or 54dBU contour limit instead, it says there is “extensive evidence” from markets nationwide to support the idea that full-service stations have substantial listenership outside the 54dBu contour—and that listenership would be at risk if interference complaints outside this limit were not considered actionable.

The new rules raised some question about how to deal with what are known as “super-maximum” Class B FMs, especially in southern California. LPFM advocates had suggested the FCC stick to those guidelines and that the 45dBu line should be considered the “class maximum” and not what the outer contour is for such super-powered stations. But Bonneville, Educational Media Foundation and iHeartMedia insisted there is significant listening to FMs beyond their 45dBu contours and they should be given broader protections. In its order, Scanlan said the Bureau created a waiver mechanism for stations that “believe interference is impacting a substantial listenership beyond the contour limit.”

Here’s some of what else is changing:

- The order adds more “flexibility” to its rules by allowing FM translator stations to change frequency to any available same-band channel – as a minor change in response to interference issues. It notes channel changes are “a relatively low cost way to resolve interference with little or no reduction in service area.”
- The FCC also established a minimum number of listener complaints ranging from a low of six to a high of 25, proportionate to the population the complaining station serves, that a station would need to submit with any claim of interference.
- Interference complaints often devolve into questions about the veracity of the allegations. In an effort to reduce those fights, the FCC approved guidelines for specific things a listener must say in their complaint. That includes sharing complete contact information; a clear, concise and accurate description of the location where the interference is alleged to occur; a statement that they listen to the station over-the-air at least twice a month to demonstrate the complainant is a regular listener; and a statement that the complainant has no legal, employment, financial or familial affiliation or relationship with the station.
- In a series of steps designed to help resolve disputes, the FCC okayed several moves that translator owners must take to keep their signals on the air. They include working with the listener to help resolve the problem. But the order eliminates the requirement that listener complainants must cooperate with the translator operator. Instead, it would be up to the listener if they wanted to help.
- The Commission also concluded that 90 days “should be sufficient” to resolve most claims of interference. If it goes beyond that, the Media Bureau must offer an explanation as to why.

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly had pushed the FCC to firm up that 90-day remediation deadline process. He said it would bring “an even higher level of predictability to the process.”

The new guidelines largely follow suggestions handed to the agency by the National Association of Broadcasters in 2017. “The FCC deserves credit for endorsing a common-sense compromise for reviewing FM radio listener complaints alleging interference from FM translators,” NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said. “FM translators have been enormously helpful extending the reach of AM radio stations. We’re pleased the FCC continues to embrace ideas that foster the revitalization of AM radio.”

Are There Too Many Translators?

The problem of translator inference has obviously grown as more have signed on as part of the FCC’s ongoing AM revitalization initiative. In the past two years alone the FCC has issued more than 1,700 construction permits and there are now more than 8,000 authorized translators.

“The economic importance of FM translators to AM broadcasters in particular cannot be overstated,” said Scanlan. “But within this success has been an uptick in interference complaints from primary FM stations due to the increasing number of translators on the air.”

The AM effort has been one of the showpiece initiatives of Chairman Ajit Pai. He rejects the idea that a need to address translator interference suggests too many now crowd the radio dial. “We can have the best of both worlds,” he told reporters. “We can encourage continued service of thriving FM stations and we can make sure translators who got on the air are able to provide a valuable service through our AM radio revitalization initiative.”

Pai said the new rules should mean both fewer complaints while also creating a way to more quickly deal with the ones the FCC does receive. “To me at least, that is a win for the translator community as well as incumbent FM stations,” he said.

Fuente: Inside Radio




The FCC has sent the signal that allowing the so-called white spaces between TV channels to be used for fixed and mobile wireless devices are ready for prime time.

That came in a report and order adopted Wednesday, March 20. The FCC also resolved a number of petitions to reconsider (recon) the TV White Spaces Order that initially opened up the spectrum to broadband.

Specifically, the FCC finalized its reconsideration proceeding and its database accuracy proceeding so that broadband providers can invest in rural connectivity.

The FCC is permitting the use of white space devices (notably computers), both fixed and mobile, in unused channels, ch. 37, guard bands between broadcast and wireless spectrum and between uplink and downlink spectrum in the 600 MHz band--which they are sharing after the incentive auction.

It is part of the FCC's focus on freeing up more spectrum for advanced wireless and closing the rural digital divide, which computer companies argue "white spaces" play a key role.

Microsoft, Google and other computer companies on one side and the National Association of Broadcasters on the other have been at loggerheads over the issue. Microsoft has been pushing for as much spectrum as possible, saying that remote sensing technology can seek out and avoid TV channels in real time, preventing the sort of interference NAB said current remote sensing technology has not been proven to provide.

NAB wanted the FCC to vet the sensing technology before opening the floodgates, as it were.

The FCC order does require that white spaces devices include internal geo-location capability, both for outdoor and indoor use, and that the devices automatically provide coordinates to the database that is meant to map out the TV frequencies to avoid.

That is a victory for NAB, which sought the geo-location, and a defeat for Microsoft, which suggested the automatic capability was not necessary. The FCC took a little off it by denying NAB's request that it tighten geo-location accuracy requirements.

“NAB appreciates the FCC’s decision to strengthen its white spaces rules. Requiring automatic geo-location in white spaces devices will help increase accuracy and protect television viewers from harmful interference.”

NAB wanted the FCC to require a wired connection between a remote geo-location source and a fixed white space device, rather than a wireless connection, but the FCC sided with Microsoft on that point, and also said it would not limit the distance between that remote location and the device, something else NAB wanted.

NAB had asked that the FCC require the devices to identify their height above ground, but the FCC declined to do so.



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The Federal Communications Commission today fined the operators of a Kentucky unlicensed low-power television station $144,344. An FCC investigation found that the individuals operating the station, Vearl Pennington and Michael Williamson, continued to operate years after the FCC license for their station was cancelled after they failed to file a valid renewal application.

In 1990, Mr. Pennington was granted an FCC license to operate low-power television station W10BM in Morehead, Kentucky. Mr. Pennington renewed the station’s license in 1993 but failed to do so again in 1998. In 2004, the FCC’s Media Bureau wrote to Mr. Pennington to inquire if he had submitted a renewal request in 1998. Receiving no response, the Media Bureau canceled the station’s license in 2004. Mr. Pennington, joined by Mr. Williamson, continued to operate the station despite their lack of an FCC-issued license. After learning of the continued, unlicensed operation of the station, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau field agents personally warned Messrs. Pennington and Williamson that their unlicensed broadcasts violated FCC rules and the Communications Act. Despite the warning, the duo continued to operate the station. In May 2017, the Commission adopted a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture proposing a fine of $144,344.






The Federal Communications Commission today (tuesday 2) took a historic and long overdue step to increase ownership diversity in the broadcast industry. Specifically, the Commission adopted requirements that will govern an incubator program to assist new, small, or struggling voices, including women and minorities, in overcoming the key barriers to entry into the broadcast sector.

For many years, both the civil rights community and broadcasting industry have called for the establishment of an incubator program. Today’s Order, at long last, answers that call. Under the program, an established broadcaster will provide financial and operational support, including training and mentoring, to a new or small broadcaster. At the end of a successful incubation relationship, the new or small broadcaster will either own and operate a new station independently, or the previously struggling broadcaster’s station will be on a firmer footing. Once an incubation relationship is completed successfully, the established broadcaster will be eligible to receive a waiver of the Commission’s Local Radio Ownership Rule, subject to certain requirements.

The incubator program initially will apply to full-service AM and FM broadcast radio stations as the costs of obtaining and operating radio stations make the radio sector a significantly more accessible entry point than television for entities with limited capital resources and operational experience.

The incubator program addresses the need for more innovative approaches to provide access to capital, as well as technical, operational, and management training, to new entrants and small broadcasters that otherwise would not be able to own a full-service broadcast radio station, acquire an additional station, or remain in the broadcasting business.

The Commission appreciates the input of all stakeholders that participated in this proceeding, especially its Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.




Un juez federal falló el martes que AT&T puede avanzar con su adquisición de Time Warner por 85.000 millones de dólares.

El juez Richard Leon del Tribunal de Distrito de EE.UU. para el Distrito de Columbia dijo en una audiencia que descubrió, luego de un juicio de seis semanas, que el acuerdo no viola la ley antimonopolio y puede continuar.

Leon desalentó al gobierno de pedirle que pusiera su propio fallo en espera de apelación, y dijo que si se le pregunta negaría una suspensión. "Espero que el gobierno tenga la sabiduría y el coraje" para no buscar una apelación, dijo.

El Departamento de Justicia, que presentó una demanda para bloquear la compra, tiene la opción de apelar la decisión. De acuerdo con una orden de programación, AT&T acordó no completar la adquisición durante seis días para dar tiempo a una apelación.

Makan Delrahim, el principal funcionario antimonopolio del Departamento de Justicia, dijo que el gobierno estaba decepcionado con el fallo y que "consideraría los próximos pasos".

"Seguimos creyendo que el mercado de televisión de pago será menos competitivo y menos innovador como resultado de la fusión propuesta entre AT&T y Time Warner", dijo en un comunicado.

El fallo del juez probablemente será visto por los gigantes tecnológicos y de telecomunicaciones como una luz verde para perseguir una serie de importantes adquisiciones de medios.

CNN es propiedad de Time Warner.

Fuente: CNN




Taking action against a pirate radio operator, Federal Communications Commission agents, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service, seized radio transmission equipment from an unauthorized radio station on April 10, which was operating illegally in Manhattan.

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has been leading an effort to crack down on this illegal activity, resulting in unlawful broadcasts going off the air, seizure of equipment, fines
against pirates, proposed fines against pirates and property owners actively aiding pirate radio operations, and numerous other enforcement actions.

“Pirate radio stations are illegal, as they operate without an FCC license, and cause real harm. These stations can cause interference to legitimate, licensed broadcasters and can prevent those broadcasters from delivering critical public-safety information to listeners,” said Rosemary Harold, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

“We are pursuing multiple legal routes to stop pirate broadcasters and this seizure action in Manhattan is one of them. We thank our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service, and we’re particularly thankful for the great work of FCC field agents in combatting this problem.”

“Rumba FM,” which broadcast on 95.3 FM from a high-rise apartment building in Manhattan, was operating without an FCC license, as required by law. The FCC issued multiple warnings to the illegal operators but the radio station continued to broadcast.

Pursuant to a federal court order, authorities seized equipment operated by the illegal radio station at that station’s antenna location on St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan.

The Communications Act of 1934 prohibits the operation of radio broadcasting equipment above certain low-intensity thresholds without a license issued by the FCC. The Act authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of any electronic or radio frequency equipment used to broadcast without an FCC license. The number of available radio frequencies is limited, and unlicensed broadcasting can interfere with the broadcasting of legitimate licensed radio stations, potentially causing chaos in the radio spectrum.

In an action to seize a pirate radio station’s equipment, the FCC performs the initial investigation. Once the FCC has built a case against the station, the matter is referred to the relevant U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is then responsible for filing the case and obtaining a warrant to seize the illegal radio equipment from the court. The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for executing the warrant and seizing the pirate radio station equipment, with FCC personnel provide technical assistance during the seizure.

Fuente: FCC







A TV tower in Missouri collapsed Thursday, killing one person and injuring several others, authorities say.

The tower near Fordland in Webster County was used to broadcast KOZK Ozarks Public Television, according to a spokeswoman for Missouri State University, which owns the tower.

Rob Talburt, assistant chief for the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, said 50 to 60 emergency workers from multiple agencies responded to the tower collapse.

Talburt said that just before 10 a.m., six workers were performing routine maintenance on the 1,980-foot-tall tower when it went down.

The workers were about 105 feet high at the time of the collapse, Talburt said.

One worker was trapped and killed, Talburt said, and the five other workers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

"It's very lucky that we didn't have more fatalities out here," Talburt said.

Andrea Mostyn, spokeswoman for Missouri State University, said the university contracted with a company to perform work on the tower. She said she was not sure how long the crew had been working on the tower.

MSU spokeswoman Suzanne Shaw said the workers were installing structural support to accommodate new equipment associated with a channel change.

MSU issued a statement, calling the tower's collapse and the ensuing death a "tragedy."

“We are shocked and saddened by the news,” Shaw said in the statement. “Our condolences go out to the victims and their families. We are also providing support and resources to the other team members affected.”

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said the workers were replacing crossbeams on the tower.

John Myers, a structural engineering professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, said it's extremely rare for any type of structure like a TV tower to collapse without some type of major event, like a hurricane or tornado.

Fuente: USA Today





The American Cable Association believes the Federal Communications Commission should not permit greater TV station consolidation before conferring with its newly created Office of Economics and Analytics to examine the costs and benefits of such consolidation, including the extent to which such action would increase cable bills.

“ACA has repeatedly observed that broadcast consolidation increases a broadcaster’s leverage in retransmission consent negotiations, leading to higher rates paid by pay-TV subscribers and other harms to the public. Both economic theory and the best empirical evidence available to the FCC suggest that increasing the national cap beyond its current level will harm pay-TV subscribers,” ACA President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.

ACA set forth its views in a filing Monday in connection with the FCC’s review of whether to allow a single entity to own enough TV stations sufficient to reach more than 39% of TV households nationally. By relaxing the rule, the FCC would allow TV stations to gain even more bargaining leverage than they already possess. This would allow them to impose more harmful signal blackouts on cable operators and demand excessive increases in retransmission consent fees, which inevitably find their way into consumers’ monthly bills.

The FCC and the Department of Justice already know that ownership or effective control of multiple stations within the same market results in these harms. The best evidence suggests that similar harms would occur if a single entity can own stations beyond the existing 39% cap. In particular, two econometric studies submitted by DISH in connection with the Sinclair-Tribune merger proceeding confirmed that TV stations that reach the most pay-TV subscribers command the highest retransmission consent fees.

ACA urged the FCC to consult with the new Office of Economics and Analytics and seek an econometric analysis based at least in part on DISH’s Sinclair-Tribune merger analyses. It argued that such an analysis is necessary for the FCC to understand the benefits and harms of relaxing the cap.

Moreover, broadcasters seeking to relax the national cap possess the data necessary for such an analysis and the FCC should require them to produce it.

The data necessary to conduct such analyses (meaning retransmission consent agreements) are held by both broadcasters and MVPDs. Historically, broadcasters have gone to great lengths to keep this data secret. Yet the responsibility for providing this data to the Economics Office should fall upon broadcasters, in all fairness, subject to appropriate confidentiality protections.

“If broadcasters seek to change the FCC’s rules to their benefit, they should provide the data to support their request,” Polka said.

Fuente: ACA

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Statement of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association Regarding the White House Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America

“As the nation’s leading broadband industry, we applaud the Administration’s proposal to invest in new infrastructure – including the potential to expand broadband to unserved homes in rural communities – that can support a growing economy and provide new opportunities for all Americans. Unlike our congested roads, crumbling bridges and failing power grid, our nation’s broadband infrastructure is an American success story which powers an internet economy that is second to none. American consumers have witnessed enormous advances in the speed and reach of wired and wireless internet networks, driven by $1.5 trillion in private investment over the last 20 years. Today, 85 percent of U.S. homes can have access to internet speeds of 300 Mbps or faster, including gigabit offerings in hundreds of urban and rural communities.

“Despite this remarkable progress, there are still some parts of the country – most often in less dense, geographically remote areas – where market forces alone haven’t been able to connect all homes. That is why we welcome the Administration’s efforts to reduce barriers to investment in rural America and stand ready to work with Congress and federal agencies on ways to induce more rural investment and promote greater efficiency and accountability in government broadband programs. Most importantly, any funding should be dedicated to connecting those homes without any access to broadband. It should be a national imperative to connect the unserved so that all Americans can enjoy the benefits of this technology.

“In NCTA’s Blueprint for Internet Infrastructure Success, we offer some specific guideposts for how policymakers can strive for thoughtful and effective broadband policies.”

ACA Applauds White House Broadband Infrastructure Plan

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure plan and what it will mean for accelerating broadband deployment in rural areas of the country:

“ACA applauds President Donald J. Trump for proposing an infrastructure plan that includes spending $50 billion to enhance infrastructure, including broadband, in rural areas. Ensuring all Americans have access to high-performance broadband is important and requires government engagement at many levels. For instance, the enactment of the recent tax law and the existing programs run by the FCC help. And, it is essential that government focus on removing the many barriers that discourage private investment in broadband.

“But, even with these efforts, some areas will remain unserved, and the only way to deliver broadband to them is with the assistance of direct government subsidies. We are pleased that the President’s plan recognizes this fact and sets aside money that can be used by the states for this purpose. ACA’s broadband provider members operate in rural areas throughout the country, and they look forward to working with the Trump Administration, Congress, and the states to ensure that all households, regardless of location, have access to high performance broadband service.”

About the American Cable Association: Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 750 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 7 million cable subscribers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business.




Statement of Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association Regarding the FCC’s Action to Restore Light-Touch Regulation to the Internet

“Today’s FCC action rightly restores the light-touch approach to government regulation of the internet that has fostered the development of a vibrant, open and innovative platform. For decades, America’s internet service providers have delivered an open internet – allowing consumers to enjoy the lawful internet content and applications of their choosing. Nothing in this decision alters that commitment – ISPs have stated repeatedly that they do not and will not block, throttle or unfairly discriminate in how internet traffic is delivered.

“We cannot reach for the future with regulation from the distant past. Title II and its accompanying regulatory uncertainty deters the innovation and investment needed to build the next generation of broadband and bring its benefits to all Americans. We fully support Chairman Pai and the Commission’s action today. However, we continue to believe that legislation which protects the open internet, while preserving incentives for an ever-improving network is essential. We urge Congress to craft legislation that settles this decade-long debate and permanently enshrines open internet protections into law while ushering in a new era of connectivity for American consumers.”

ACA Hails FCC Vote To Restore Internet Freedom

American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom order:

“Smaller ISPs have always stood by their customers and provided them with unfettered access to lawful Internet content. Yet, for the past two years they have been subject to unwarranted and burdensome FCC utility-style regulations, which have made them reluctant to invest in their broadband networks and to develop and offer innovative services. Under the regulatory regime adopted by the previous FCC, no one came out a winner – not smaller ISPs, not their customers, not upstream edge providers. The order adopted by the FCC today ends this ‘unvirtuous’ cycle. Customers of smaller ISPs will not only continue to have an open Internet, but also they will have greatly enhanced access as ISPs upgrade their networks and roll out new services. ACA applauds the FCC for restoring a regulatory regime that truly serves the public interest.”



La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) aprobó este jueves una nueva norma sobre el servicio de internet que acaba con la “neutralidad de la red” que garantizaba una norma de 2015.

La mayoría republicana en la institución regulador votó este jueves a favor de la nueva regla que deroga el principio de “neutralidad de la red”, que salvaguardaba internet como un servicio público de libre e igual acceso.

¿Qué es ‘net neutrality’?

La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) anunció planes de desmantelar las regulaciones impuestas por el gobierno de Barack Obama para asegurar el acceso igualitario a la Internet, lo que permitirá a compañías cobrar más a los usuarios o bloquear acceso a ciertas páginas web.

Dirigida por Ajit Pai, la Comisión tomó la decisión por tres votos a favor y dos en contra -los demócratas- de poner fin a la regulación que impulsó en 2014 el entonces presidente, Barack Obama, y que luego se aprobó en 2015.

En la práctica, la norma de 2015 impedía que las proveedoras de internet pudieran bloquear o ralentizar el tráfico en los portales que decidieran.

Este principio, que buscaba garantizar el libre acceso en igualdad de condiciones al servicio de la red, fue hoy eliminado entre múltiples protestas por parte de demócratas, asociaciones de consumidores y algunas voces entre las filas republicanas.

En el momento en el que la regulación comience a aplicarse, las compañías proveedoras de internet podrán decidir qué portales bloquear o ralentizar, incluidos los de medios de comunicación o difusión de vídeo, y solo estarán supeditadas a hacerlo público.

Los comisionados republicanos, incluido Pai, argumentaron que la decisión supone acabar con una regla que trataba con “mano dura” a la industria de proveedores de internet ante “hipotéticos daños”.

Por su parte, las dos comisionadas demócratas expusieron las consecuencias negativas que podría tener la supresión de la “neutralidad en la red” en consumidores y pequeñas empresas proveedoras de contenido.

Las responsables de la oposición incidieron en la necesidad de retrasar el voto hasta que se investigue el masivo registro de comentarios a la propuesta de la Comisión, 22 millones en total, de los que al menos dos millones habrían sido realizados desde perfiles falsos, según denunció el fiscal general de Nueva York, Eric Schneiderman.

El voto tuvo que ser suspendido durante unos minutos por “motivos de seguridad” y, paralelamente, se registraron manifestaciones contra la decisión en el exterior de la sede del regulador en Washington.

Fuente: El Nuevo Herald




The Federal Communications Commission today (16) voted to modernize its broadcast ownership rules and to help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry.

These actions will provide broadcasters and local newspapers with a greater opportunity to compete in the digital age and will help ensure a diversity of viewpoints in local markets.

Congress requires the Commission to review its broadcast ownership rules every four years to determine if they are in the public interest as the result of competition and if not, to repeal or modify them.

For too long, the Commission has failed to acknowledge the pace of change in the media marketplace by maintaining analog broadcast ownership rules that do not reflect today’s digital age.

For instance, the Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule that the Commission eliminates today dates back to 1975.

By modernizing these outdated rules, broadcast stations and local newspapers will be able to more easily invest in local news and content and improve service to their local communities for the benefit of consumers.

Today’s Order on Reconsideration addresses several petitions for reconsideration of the Commission’s August 2016 Order in the 2010/2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review that left the outdated broadcast ownership rules largely unchanged. Specifically, today the Commission
eliminates the Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule, Radio/Television Cross-Ownership Rule, and Television Joint Sales Agreement Attribution Rule.

The Order also modifies the Local Television Ownership Rule to better reflect competitive conditions in local markets by eliminating the Eight-Voices Test, which requires at least eight independently owned television stations to remain in a market before any entity may own two television stations in that market. The Order also permits exceptions to the prohibition on an entity owning two of the top four stations in a market if it can be shown that a particular transaction would be in the public interest. The Order does not address the issue of the national ownership cap and the associated UHF discount which are not part of the Quadrennial Review, and which will be considered in a separate proceeding later this year.

Lastly, in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission decides to establish, and seeks comment on how to implement and structure, a new incubator program in which established broadcasters would help facilitate entry by new voices into the marketplace by providing access to capital and/or technical expertise to new entrants and small businesses. The program has broad support and will help promote ownership diversity in the broadcast industry.

Fuente: FCC




La operación anunciada hace un año por AT&T para adquirir el conglomerado de medios Time Warner está en peligro. El Departamento de Justicia cumple su amenaza y procede a bloquear la transacción, valorada en 85.000 millones de dólares (108.000 millones incluyendo la deuda), al considerar que la integración de estos dos gigantes vulnera la competencia al concentrar el poder. Ahora se inicia un duro litigio en los tribunales que puede durar varios meses.

AT&T y Time Warner decidieron sumar fuerzas para integrar en una misma compañía la creación de contenido audiovisual y su distribución. Buscaban así adaptarse a las nuevas formas de consumir series y películas, en respuesta a la emergencia de nuevas plataformas como Netflix y Amazon. Además, la unión les hace un actor más fuerte en el mercado de la publicidad, que está orbitando hacia Google y Facebook.

El acuerdo se anunció unas semanas antes de que Donald Trump ganara las elecciones. El lenguaje que utiliza ahora la dirección de AT&T en respuesta a la demanda es muy duro. Califica la decisión de “radical” e "inexplicable”, al considerar que el Departamento de Justicia se distancia de la práctica seguida por los reguladores a la hora de examinar las integraciones verticales de empresas.

AT&T esperaba, de hecho, haber recibido la autorización sin mayores problemas, como hizo Comcast con la compra de NBC Universal. Pero el presidente Trump amenazó durante la campaña electoral con vetar la operación si llegaba a la Casa Blanca. Time Warner controla la cadena todo noticias CNN, de las más críticas con su política, la HBO y TNT. AT&T, por su parte, es dueña del operador de televisión vía satélite DirectTV.

“Estamos listos para litigarla”, advirtió Randall Stephenson, consejero delegado de AT&T. La acción plantea riesgos legales, pero también políticos. Varios legisladores demócratas mostraron durante los últimos días su preocupación por la eventual acción de Justicia. Los críticos con la operación ya advirtieron, en cualquier caso, que si era aprobada, podía usar su poder para elevar precios.

Litigio en los tribunales

Las compañías argumentan para defender la fusión que no son competidores. El Departamento de Justicia justifica el bloqueo diciendo que la combinación de ambas mermará la innovación y la competencia, lo que afectará al consumidor. También a los creadores, que deberán pagar más dinero para distribuir su contenido. Por eso considera "ilegal" esta concentración de poder.

“Afortunadamente, del Departamento de Justifica no tiene la última palabra”, afirma David McAtee, consejero legal de AT&T, “estamos convencidos de se rechazarán los argumentos del gobierno y la fusión seguirá adelante”. Los expertos en este tipo de operaciones anticipan varios meses de enfrentamiento. Pero si la batalla legal se prolonga, las partes podrían optar por abandonarla.

El bloqueo, en realidad, no es una sorpresa. AT&T se había puesto de plazo completar la fusión para marzo del próximo año. Ahora se dispone a defender los méritos de la integración ante los tribunales. La solución del litigio será determinante para el resto de la industria. Disney, Comcast y Verizon se están interesando por los activos de entretenimiento de Twenty-First Century Fox.

Stephenson dejó claro en su contraofensiva que no va a llegar a un "acuerdo cualquiera" con el gobierno para salvar la operación. Los acuerdos que eventualmente pueda pactar para remediar el litigio, reiteró, serán dentro del marco de las reglas de la competencia y teniendo en cuenta como se está trasformando la industria de medio. La opción de vender la CNN, insiste, no está sobre la mesa.

Fuente: El País


el standard next gen tv - atsc 3.0


The Federal Communications Commission today (16) adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the Next Generation broadcast television transmission standard, also called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

The Next Generation TV standard will let broadcasters provide consumers with more vivid pictures and sound, including Ultra High Definition television and superior reception, mobile viewing capabilities, advanced emergency alerts, better accessibility features, localized content, and interactive educational children’s content.

Today’s action adopts rules that will allow broadcasters the flexibility to deploy Next Generation TV service while minimizing the impact on consumers and industry stakeholders. The upgraded technology will merge the capabilities of over-the-air broadcasting with the broadband viewing and information delivery methods of the Internet using the same 6 MHz channels presently allocated for digital television (DTV).

Among other things, the Report & Order:

- Requires broadcasters that use Next Generation TV to partner with another local station in their market to simulcast their programming in the current DTV standard, called ATSC 1.0, so that viewers can continue to receive their existing broadcast service without having to purchase new equipment;

- Subjects Next Gen TV signals to the public interest obligations that currently apply to television broadcasters; and

- Requires broadcasters to provide advance on-air notifications to educate consumers about Next Generation TV service deployment and simulcasting.

Today’s ruling comes after several field tests of the technology were conducted in the Cleveland media market. Last year, the Next Generation TV transmission standard was tested during Major League Baseball’s 2016 World Series.

Fuente: FCC




The Federal Communications Commission today (october, 24) eliminated the broadcast main studio rule. The Order retains the requirement that stations maintain a local or toll-free telephone number to ensure consumers have ready access to their local stations.

The main studio rule, adopted nearly 80 years ago, currently requires each AM radio, FM radio, and television broadcast station to have a main studio located in or near its local community.

The rule was implemented to facilitate input from community members and the station’s participation in community activities.

The Commission recognizes that today the public can access information via broadcasters’ online public file, and stations and community members can interact directly through alterative means such as e-mail, social media, and the telephone.

Given this, the Commission found that requiring broadcasters to maintain a main studio is outdated and unnecessarily burdensome.

Elimination of the main studio rule should produce substantial cost-saving benefits for broadcasters that can be directed toward such things as programming, equipment upgrades, newsgathering, and other services that benefit consumers.

It will also make it easier for broadcasters to prevent stations in small towns from going dark and to launch new stations in rural areas.

Fuente: FCC


In response to the FCC's elimination of the main studio rule, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice Presidentof Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB supports elimination of the main studio rule, which has outlived its usefulness in an era of mobile news gathering and multiple content delivery platforms. We're confident that cost savings realized from ending the main studio rule will be reinvested by broadcasters in better programming and modernized equipment to better serve our local communities. We applaud the FCC for continuing to remove unnecessary and outdated broadcast regulations.”


fcc aplico la multa mas alta a los propietarios de una radio pirata en florida


The Federal Communications Commission today (September 26, 2017) proposed the maximum fine allowable by statute—$144,344—against a so-called “pirate radio” operation in North Miami, Florida. The action marks the first time the Commission has proposed finding the property owners where the transmission equipment was located apparently liable for the operation of the station. Unlicensed radio broadcasts are illegal and can interfere with licensed broadcasting, including broadcasters’ ability to communicate public safety warnings to their communities.

The Commission’s investigation of this matter first began in 2012 when the Enforcement Bureau’s Miami Field Office received a complaint about a potential unauthorized station broadcasting on 90.1 MHz in the North Miami area. After finding that the station was not authorized, Commission agents repeatedly warned both Fabrice Polynice, a programming provider, and Harold and Veronise Sido, who own the property where the station’s transmission equipment is located, that the unauthorized transmission of a radio broadcast is illegal. These earlier actions resulted in a seizure, pursuant to a Federal court order, of transmission equipment from the Sido residence in 2012 and a Forfeiture Order against Mr. Polynice in 2013.

Despite knowing that these actions were illegal, Mr. Polynice apparently continued to operate the pirate station from the Sido residence.

In fact, the parties even posted video of themselves in their pirate studio to social media. Commission field agents found on a least seven different occasions that the illegal station was still being operated from the Sido residence by Mr. Polynice. The Bureau’s investigation found that while Mr. Polynice apparently provided programming for the station, the Sidos apparently provided material support in the form of free use of their property, including the shed from which Mr. Polynice broadcast, as well as electricity and internet connectivity necessary for operation of the transmitter and antenna.

As a result of this investigation, the Commission today issues a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) against Mr. Polynice and Mr. and Mrs. Sido. The NAL finds that the actions of all three individuals were continuous and deliberate. Accordingly, the NAL proposes to fine all three individuals jointly and severally for a total of $144,344.

Federal law generally prohibits the operation of a broadcast radio station without a license issued  by the Commission. Congress enacted this requirement as a means of ensuring a fair and equitable distribution by the FCC of scarce spectrum resources to maximize its availability and use among entities, such as TV and radio broadcasters, public safety agencies, and wireless phone and data networks.

The Miami area, along with Boston and New York, have generally proven to
have the greatest concentration of pirate radio activities, as shown by this FCC map:

Mr. Polynice and Mr. and Mrs. Sido will have 30 days to respond.

The Commission will then review the response and any additional evidence, and may then proceed to issue a final forfeiture order.

If finalized, the Commission expects prompt payment of a fine. If such a payment is not
received within 30 days, the matter is referred to the Justice Department for collection.
The Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture is available at:

Fuente: FCC



The Federal Communications Commission today issued a proposed $66,000 fine against FM radio station licensee Kenai Educational Media in Seward, Alaska for numerous apparent violations of FCC rules, including actions that undermine the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Broadcasters have very important obligations related to EAS, a critical system for ensuring the public can receive accurate and expedient alerts and warnings during times of local and national emergencies.

Kenai Educational Media, which operates KIBH-FM, was notified on multiple occasions by the FCC that it had programmed its EAS equipment messages for a radio station serving a different geographic area than that served by Kenai, was failing to monitor at least two EAS sources, and did not keep EAS operation information available to staff as required. Broadcasters that are licensed by the FCC have important obligations to their communities to be prepared to participate in the EAS system as needed. Although most licensees take this responsibility seriously and serve their communities as key outlets for emergency warnings and alerts, a broadcaster’s failure to meet these FCC requirements is a serious offense which can pose real dangers for their communities.

In addition to its apparent EAS violations, the broadcaster also apparently violated a number of broadcast station rules, such as maintaining required records. Lastly, the broadcaster also failed to respond to several Commission inquiries.

An agent from the Commission’s Anchorage field office discovered the violations and issued a notice to the Licensee.

Following numerous such notices and no response from the Licensee, the agency is moving forward with issuing today’s proposed fine.

The proposed fine is formally known as a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, and the broadcaster will have 30 days to respond. The Commission will then review the response and any additional evidence, and may then proceed to issue a final forfeiture.

Fuente: FCC



Today (13), the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC. The Commission now commences a 39-month transition period to move broadcast stations to new channel assignments.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, “The conclusion of the world’s first incentive auction is a major milestone in the FCC’s long history as steward of the nation’s airwaves. Consumers are the real beneficiaries, as broadcasters invest new resources in programming and service, and additional wireless spectrum opens the way to greater competition and innovation in the mobile broadband marketplace.”

Why an Incentive Auction?

Today, there are more connected mobile devices than there are people living in the U.S., and about 70 percent of Americans use data-hungry smartphones. This increasing demand for wireless airwaves poses a major challenge to ensuring that America’s networks have the capacity to support the critical economic, public safety, health care and other activities that rely on them. In order to meet this challenge, the FCC designed the broadcast incentive auction through close bipartisan collaboration with Congress as well as the broadcast and wireless industries.

Authorized by Congress in 2012, the auction used market forces to align the use of broadcast spectrum with 21st century consumer demands for mobile video and broadband services. It preserves a robust broadcast TV industry while providing stations with revenues that they can invest into programming and services for their communities. And by making valuable “low-band” airwaves available for wireless mobile use, the incentive auction benefits consumers by easing congestion on wireless networks, laying the groundwork for “fifth generation” (5G) wireless services and applications, and spurring economic growth. The auction began on March 29, 2016.

Broadcasters: More than $10 Billion in winning bids, minimal impact on viewers

More than $10 billion will go to 175 winning broadcasters that elected to participate in the incentive auction and repurpose their airwaves for mobile use. Of the winners, 30 stations will receive money for agreeing to move to a lower channel and 133 others will relinquish their licenses and indicated their intent to remain on air through channel-sharing agreements with non-winning stations.

The FCC also announced the new channel assignments, and effective dates of those assignments, for 957 non-winning stations that must change channels to clear the new wireless airwaves for use. The first group of stations to move channels is scheduled for November 30, 2018. Stations are required to provide 30 days’ notice, and the FCC provides information for over-the-air viewers on how to “rescan” their receivers to find new channels at

To view the entire list of broadcasters who won at auction nationwide, read the Public Notice here:
(Appendix A).

Wireless Carriers: Bid $19.8 billion for 70 MHz of spectrum for mobile use

In the forward auction, wireless carriers bid $19.8 billion on mobile broadband spectrum. A total of 50 winning bidders won 70 MHz of licensed spectrum nationwide. A total of 14 MHz of spectrum is available for unlicensed use and wireless microphones. On a nationwide basis, 70 MHz is the most mobile broadband ever auctioned below 1GHz by the FCC. Among the largest winners are T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast, and US Cellular. A full list of winners can be found in Appendix B of the Public Notice:

How the Incentive Auction Worked: First of its kind worldwide

The auction created a first-of-its-kind market for repurposing commercially-held spectrum licenses for new uses. The model is part of the foundation of the future of U.S. spectrum allocation and use policy designed for 21st century realities. The broadcast incentive auction itself was comprised of two separate but interdependent auctions -- a reverse auction, which determined the price at which broadcasters voluntarily relinquish their spectrum usage rights; and a forward auction, which determined the price wireless carriers were willing to pay for flexible use wireless licenses.

The lynchpin joining the reverse and the forward auctions is the “repacking” process. Repacking involves reorganizing and assigning channels to the remaining broadcast television stations in order to create contiguous blocks of cleared spectrum suitable for flexible use.

Fuente: FCC

fcc amplia la posibilidad de compartir canal entre estaciones de tv de distintas categorias


La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones de Estados Unidos (FCC por su sigla en inglés) resolvió el 23 de marzo flexibilizar la política de compartir un mismo canal entre varias estaciones de TV que renuncien al espectro, a través de la multiplexación que permite el estándar digital.

Ahora incluyó en la medida a estaciones de baja potencia (LPTV) y repetidoras o retransmisoras, quienes podrán compartir el canal con estaciones de alta potencia y de Clase A. Todo ello con el objetivo de liberar parte del espectro radioeléctrico que será destinado a la telefonía móvil.

Esta política fue establecida por el Congreso norteamericano en el año 2012 para que estaciones de alta potencia (full power) y de Clase A compartan el mismo canal a cambio de recibir ingresos por la subasta del espectro destinado a a telefonía inalambrica.

En 2015 la FCC incluyó esta posibilidad a estaciones de televisión de baja potencia (LPTV) y repetidoras o retransmisoras.

Pero como ya fue dicho, ahora todas las estaciones LPTV y repetidoras o retransmisoras de TV pueden también compartir un canal con una emisora de alta potencia y de Clase A. Con esta medida la FCC otorga a este tipo de emisoras la posibilidad de seguir emitiendo y también busca reducir los costos de operación de estaciones LPTV y repetidoras o retransmisoras.




estados unidos cambia reglas para revitalizar la am


La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones amplió el área donde los transmisores en FM pueden retransmitir la programación de estaciones en AM.

Las emisoras de radio AM que quieran mejorar su área de servicio con una señal más clara pueden hacerlo usando la banda de FM. Según informa la FCC en su página web, esto es últil para muchas estaciones de AM obligadas a reducir su potencia en la noche, ya que el retransmisor de FM puede operar a la misma potencia las 24 horas del día.

Con la anterior regla una estación AM podría retransmitir en FM dentro de su contorno de servicio diurno o dentro de un radio de 25 millas de su transmisor, la distancia que sea menor.

La nueva regla permite que el retransmisor en FM se ubique en cualquier lugar dentro del área de servicio diurno de la estación de AM o en cualquier lugar dentro de un radio de 25 millas del transmisor, incluso si el contorno se extiende más lejos de las 25 millas de la planta transmisora.

La anterior regla resultó demasiado restrictiva para algunos radiodifusores AM, especialmente aquellos cuyos transmisores estaban lejos de las comunidades a servir.

La FCC autorizó por primera vez a las estaciones AM a retransmitir en FM en 2009. En 2016 se permitió a más de 1.000 estaciones AM adquirir y reubicar retransmisores en FM.

comcast abandona la fusion con time warner


Comcast concluye que la compra de su rival Time Warner Cable no va a ser posible, por los problemas que plantea la fusión desde el punto de la competencia. “Pensábamos que teníamos buenos argumentos para que saliera adelante, pero hemos visto que no va a suceder”, anunció el consejero delegado del mayor operador de cable de Estados Unidos, Brian Roberts.

Se abandona así una operación que estaba valorada en 45.200 millones de dólares y que podría invitar ahora a la dueña del grupo de medios NBC Universal a buscar nuevas oportunidades de inversión, incluso fuera de EE UU. La retirada en banda de Comcast afecta también a Charter Communications, que iba a hacerse con los activos que soltaran en el proceso de integración.

El Departamento de Justicia y el regulador del sector de las comunicaciones en EE UU no llegaron a bloquear oficialmente la operación, pero en las últimas semanas sus abogados plantearon serios problemas que acabaron por matarla. “El abandono de la fusión es el mejor desenlace para el consumidor”, señalan los responsables de las dos agencias en un comunicado.

Comcast hizo su oferta en febrero del año pasado, tras ocho meses de puja de Charter por Time Warner Cable. La compañía combinada iba a tener 33 millones de abonados. El operador de cable neoyorquino necesitaba esta unión para poder hacer frente a la competencia de nuevos rivales en la distribución de contenido audiovisual, como Netflix, Facebook o Google.

Roberts evitó especular sobre la lógica seguida por la Administración de Barack Obama para oponerse a la operación. "Tenemos que mirar hacia delante, no hacia atrás", señaló. Es conocido, sin embargo, que Washington se opone a operaciones de gran tamaño. El abandono, además, se produce después de que se presentaran las nuevas reglas sobre el acceso a Internet.

Riesgo inaceptable

Tom Wheeler, presidente del regulador de las comunicaciones, confirmó que estaba dispuesto a bloquear la operación porque representaba un "riesgo inaceptable" para la competencia y la innovación. Se refería a las dificultades que este gigante podría haber creado al modelo de negocio de los nuevos proveedores de contenido audiovisual.

El bloqueo podría llevar a Charter Communications a mover ficha de nuevo. Si lograra fusionarse con Time Warner Cable, se convertiría en el segundo operador de cable de EE UU por detrás de Comcast. La otra opción es que la sociedad que perteneció al conglomerado Time Warner hasta 2009 intentará sumar fuerzas con compañías más pequeñas para ser independiente.

Hay otra operación en curso que se sigue muy de cerca en Wall Street. El operador de telefonía AT&T anunció hace un año la compra de la plataforma de televisión digital vía satélite DirectTV para plantar cara precisamente a Comcast. La combinación, sin embargo, debería plantear menos problemas a los reguladores porque su estructura es diferente y AT&T es muy pequeña en el cable.

Fuente: El País

nace un gigante de la tv por cable en estados unidos


Charter Communications acordó ayer comprar a su mayor rival, Time Warner Cable, por 78.7 mil millones de dólares, en un acuerdo que podría transformar a la empresa en uno de los operadores de cable y de banda ancha más grandes de Estados Unidos.

Charter entregará un total de 55 mil millones de dólares en efectivo y en forma de acciones a los inversionistas de Time Warner Cable. Tomando en cuenta la deuda asumida, la operación asciende a 78 mil 700 millones de dólares.

El anuncio representa la más reciente de una serie de adquisiciones en medio de un proceso de consolidación del sector para competir en un mercado acechado por el video en streaming.

La oferta también marca la culminación de Charter y su principal patrocinador, el multimillonario magnate de los medios –de 74 años de edad– John C. Malone, que llevó a la empresa de ser un pequeño operador de TV por cable, nacido en St. Louis en 1993, al segundo del país detrás de Comcast.

Si la operación es aprobada por los organismos antimonopolio de Estados Unidos, la compañía combinada se llamará New Charter y sus servicios se venderán bajo la marca Spectrum.

Charter también confirmó que continuaría con su plan para adquirir Bright House Networks, un competidor más pequeño, por 10.4 mil millones de dólares. Las dos adquisiciones podrían cuadruplicar su base de clientes a cerca de 24 millones, en comparación con Comcast, que tiene 27 millones.

Charter ha buscado por mucho tiempo adquirir Time Warner Cable para ganar cuota de mercado; sin embargo, el año pasado, el plan pareció haberse frustrado cuando Comcast ofreció 45 mil millones de dólares.

Pero la propuesta no prosperó después de que los reguladores y la competencia manifestaron su preocupación de que la unión de ambas firmas podría hacer subir los precios y dar lugar a posibles obstáculos digitales para proveedores de video en línea como Netflix.


Los analistas dijeron que Charter probablemente enfrentará escrutinio antimonopolio, aunque consideraron poco probable que enfrente el mismo nivel de resistencia que Comcast.

Los dos proveedores de cable ofrecen servicios de cable y banda ancha similares en varios estados, incluyendo California, Texas y Virginia.

Para ayudar a financiar el acuerdo, Charter dijo que vendería 5 mil millones de dólares en acciones Liberty Broadband, que es parte del conglomerado de telecomunicaciones propiedad de Malone.

Como parte del acuerdo, Time Warner Cable recibirá una cuota de ruptura de hasta dos millones de dólares si la transacción se deshace, en contraste con lo ocurrido con Comcast, que no le pagó nada cuando retiró su oferta pública de adquisición el mes pasado.

La competencia en el sector se ha intensificado desde que AT&T acordó comprar al operador de televisión por satélite DirecTV el año pasado por 48.5 mil millones de dólares.

Este mes, el gigante de las telecomunicaciones europeo Altice compró una participación de control en Suddenlink, un proveedor de cable regional, y también mantuvo conversaciones en fase inicial con Time Warner Cable más para una adquisición potencial.

New Charter, la potencial empresa, probablemente tendría que invertir fuertemente para mantener el ritmo de Comcast, que está desarrollando su llamado servicio XI que permite a clientes grabar programas y transmitir contenido a sus dispositivos.

Fuente: Dinero en Imágen



Un hombre armado ha matado este miércoles a tiros a una periodista y un cámara de una emisora afiliada a la cadena de televisión CBS - la cadena WDBJ7-, mientras informaban en directo. El suceso se produjo alrededor de las 06.45 hora local (10.45 GMT), cuando los reporteros fallecidos hacían una entrevista en directo en la plaza Bridgewater de la población rural de Moneta (Virginia).


Horas después del crimen, y tras subir las imágenes del ataque a sus redes sociales, el sospechoso fue detenido. Las autoridades encontraron al presentador de televisión Vester Lee Flanagan, de 41 años, -conocido en el mundo periodístico como Bryce Williams- en el interior de su coche, que se encontraba estacionado en un lateral de la carretera en la autopista I-66 a su paso por el condado de Faquier.

El sospechoso presentaba una herida grave de bala que se había producido tras dispararse a sí mismo. Flanagan, conocido como Bryce Williams en los medios, murió a las 13:30 hora local (17:30 GMT) en la clínica a la que fue trasladado por las autoridades.

"Es obvio que este hombre estaba perturbado de alguna manera", ha explicado el sheriff del condado, Bill Overton, en rueda de prensa. "Parece que las cosas estaban fuera de control pero aún tenemos una larga investigación que conducir", ha concluido Overton.

Las víctimas eran la periodista Alison Parker (24 años), natural de Virginia, y el cámara Adam Ward (27 años), que trabajaba para esa emisora desde 2011. Éste era el último día de Parker en la cadena y sus compañeros tenían planeada una fiesta para despedirla.

El tiroteo, divulgado por internet y repetido por las cadenas de televisión de EEUU, se produjo en la zona comercial de Bridwater, en la población rural de Moneta, que fue acordonada por agentes de la Policía de los condados vecinos.

En las imágenes se ve como Parker entrevista a Vicky Gardner, directora ejecutiva de la Cámara Regional de Comercio de Smith Mountain Lake, y, entonces, se escuchan unos disparos, la cámara cae al suelo y sigue la grabación mientras se escuchan gritos, hasta que se interrumpe y la imagen pasa al estudio, donde los informadores no reaccionan en un primer momento.

Gardner también resultó herida durante el tiroteo y fue trasladada al hospital para ser tratada de sus heridas.

Parker, natural de Virginia, tenía 24 años y Ward, que trabajaba para esa emisora desde 2011, tenía 27. Éste era el último día de Parker en la cadena y sus compañeros tenían planeada una fiesta para despedirla.

El lugar del tiroteo, en el suroeste de Virginia y unos 350 kilómetros al sur de Washington, no es una zona con un índice criminal particularmente alto y está a unos 40 kilómetros de la población de Roanoke, donde tiene su sede la WDBJ-TV.

El sospechoso acusó a una cadena de Florida de discriminación por ser negro. Un productor llamó "mono" a Flanagan, según alegó él cuando no le renovaron el contrato, según recoge un artículo de 'Tallahassee Democrat'.

El asesino se confiesa con ABC News

Flanigan envió un extenso documento a la cadena de televisión ABC News antes de cometer el ataque. La cadena ha precisado que se trata de un "extenso documento" de 23 páginas. Según ha informado la cadena de televisión en su página web, "en algún momento entre la noche del martes y esta mañana, ABC News recibió un fax de alguien que decía ser Bryce Williams", el nombre profesional utilizado por Flanigan mientras trabajó en WDBJ7.

Tras cometer el asesinato, en tono a las 10.00 (hora local) el presunto asesinó llamó a la cadena para confesar su crimen. "Mientras estaba al teléfono, dijo que las autoridades 'están detrás de mí' y 'están por todas partes'. Colgó", explica la ABC News en su página web. En el documento, Flanigan explicaba que el crimen estaba motivado por el asesinato racista de la iglesia de Charleston.

El Gobierno de Estados Unidos insistió en la urgencia de que el Congreso actúe con "sentido común" para reducir la violencia armada en el país, tras crimen de este miércoles.

"Hay algunas cosas de sentido común que solo el Congreso puede hacer y que sabemos que tendrían un efecto tangible en la reducción de la violencia armada en el país", dijo el portavoz de la Casa Blanca, Josh Earnest, en su rueda de prensa diaria.

Earnest recordó que el presidente de EEUU, Barack Obama, pide desde hace tiempo al Congreso que tome ese tipo de medidas y "cree que ellos (los legisladores) deberían hacerlo".

Fuente: El Mundo

altice compra la estadounidense cablevision por 15.639 millones de euros


El grupo de telecomunicaciones Altice ha llegado a un acuerdo definitivo para adquirir el operador estadounidense Cablevision por 17.700 millones de dólares (15.639 millones de euros), según informa la empresa en un comunicado.

Altice explica que la compra de Cablevision aumentará su presencia en el mercado estadounidense tras la adquisición de Suddenlink a principios de este año y destaca que el negocio conjunto de ambos operadores equivale al cuatro mayor operador de cable en el país.

Según los términos del acuerdo, la firma luxemburguesa fundada por el multimillonario Patrick Drahi y matriz de la operadora francesa Numericable pagará 34,90 dólares en efectivo por cada acción de Cablevision, cantidad que será financiada tanto con deuda nueva y existente como con efectivo disponible.

Con 3,1 millones de clientes, Cablevision es el operador líder en la zona metropolitana de Nueva York, que supone el mercado de cable más atractivo de Estados Unidosdebido a su densidad de población y a su afluencia.

Altice afirma que el enfoque de Cablevision en los servicios, la innovación y la inversión supone una sólida base para ampliar su liderazgo y su impulsa de crecimiento, y cree que la compañía está preparada para prestar a sus clientes los servicios de nueva generación compitiendo de forma eficaz en el mercado.

Asimismo, destaca que Cablevision se beneficiará de la experiencia operativa internacional, el mayor tamaño y el apoyo de inversión que suponen el modelo de negocio y la estrategia de Altice. Además, añade que Cablevision y Suddenlink operarán con estructuras operativas independientes.

Fuente: ABC



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