ACI Files Comments with FCC Regarding Broadcast Merger

Before the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION Washington, DC 20554 Applications of TEGNA Inc., for Transfer of Control to Standard General, L.P. MB Docket 22-162 Comments of the American Consumer Institute The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the […]

Video: “Repacking the Airwaves” Event

Do you watch over-the-air television? If so, you might have seen a message over the past three years urging you to rescan your television. That’s because, for the past 39 months, the country has been moving through the “broadcast repack,” where some TV stations, following the FCC’s broadcast television incentive auction, switched their frequencies to […]

Daily Caller: It’s Time To Revisit Children’s TV Programming Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to enact important reforms to rules related to children’s educational programming on broadcast television, but detractors are spreading misinformation in an attempt to undermine this effort. To read the op-ed, visit the Daily Caller.

KidVid: Some Regulations Outlive Their Purpose

The 1990 Children’s Television Act recommended broadcast TV stations to include some educational programming for children (so called KidVid). Six years later, the Congressional tone had become strident and the FCC demanded mandatory compliance on KidVid specifications covering amount of programming, scheduling, and a ban on adverts. Failure to comply would mean failure to qualify […]

Morning Consult: Your Local TV Station Might be Moving to a New Frequency; Here’s Why

Important changes are coming as early as this fall to local broadcast TV stations that provide news, weather, entertainment and emergency information to millions of American households. Nearly 1,000 TV stations across the country — with a nationwide audience of 77 million Americans — will be transitioning to new frequencies from 2018 to 2020, and […]

Nearly 1,000 TV Stations are Moving to New Channels. Here’s What You Need to Know.

A total of 987 TV stations will be moving to new channels over the next two years, part of the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to make more spectrum available to meet the exploding demand for mobile data. Viewers will need to take action to keep their channels. By rescanning your TV at the right time, […]

ACI in Forbes: Divergence BW Reality and FCC Ownership Regulations

The Internet revolution is changing our lives in terms of how we shop, where we work, how we bank, how we communicate and get local news, and where we receive music and video content. However, while there has been an explosion of local news and content sources online, the regulations that govern related markets have […]

Forbes: One Reform the FCC Should Avoid

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has been calling for the FCC to reconsider the broadcaster exclusivity rule. At first blush, getting rid of rules sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want more deregulation?  The problem is this isn’t the comprehensive video market reform that would unwind 70 years of video regulation in […]

Fair Play: Just Another Song And Dance

As sales of music records and other physical recordings have steadily been replaced by digital copies downloaded to computers and to other electronic devices, there has been a push to increase the royalties that radio stations pay for the use of copyrighted music. The latest push is the Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 […]

Cable TV and the Collateral Damage from Local Choice

Senators Thune and Rockefeller are suggesting a proposal to require local TV broadcasting channels, such ABC and CBS, be offered on an “à la carte” basis to cable TV viewers. The idea, referred to as Local Choice, would allow consumers the option to pick and pay only for the TV broadcast channels they want, instead of […]