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CURRENT ISSUE'S HEADLINES

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27, 2014

AT&T, DIRECTV SEEK DEAL OK
WASHINGTON—Painting a picture of their futures without the transaction that shows them not being able to effectively compete with cable companies to provide the combination of video, high-speed data, and wireless services consumers are increasingly demanding, AT&T and DirecTv recently asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T’s proposed $67.1 billion purchaHse of DirecTv.

SENATE STARTS MOVING ON SATELLITE TV BILL
WASHINGTON—Portraying it as a “narrow approach,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking Republican member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently introduced a bill that would simply extend for five years the distant network station and network superstation provisions of satellite TV law that are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

COURT SIDES WITH HUBBARD BROADCASTING OVER DIRECTV
A federal judge recently ordered DirecTv to continue distributing two programming channels controlled by Hubbard Broadcasting and essentially ruled the programmer has perpetual rights to keep two family controlled channels on the DBS service.

LAWMAKERS DROP RIVAL INTERNET BILLS
WASHINGTON—Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) recently introduced a bill that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from taking any action to impose any regulations on Internet service providers using the same authority the agency uses to impose regulations on telephone companies.

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JULY 21, 2014

HOUSE SLATES SATELLITE TV BILL VOTE
AT&T, DIRECTV PITCH ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF DEAL
NFL ASKS FCC TO KEEP BLACKOUT RULES IN PLAY
NEWS & NOTES: ESPN’s SEC Network, which is slated to be launched next month, announced a distribution agreement Friday with Comcast.
SCHERMAN'S NOTEBOOK:Next Slingboxes look to be best yet...Fox Sport deserves "boo of the week" for demoting Pam Oliver in favor of Erin Andrews...Hard to believe financial valuation of decling CNN...America deserves a space program.
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