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Federal Communications Commission

(FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. The FCC is composed of five members, not more than four of whom may be members of the same political party, appointed by the president with the consent of the U.S. Senate. The commissioners are authorized to classify television and radio stations, to assign broadcasting frequencies, and to prescribe the nature of their service. The FCC has jurisdiction over standard, high-frequency, relay, international, television, and facsimile broadcasting stations and also has authority over experimental, amateur, coastal, aviation, strip, and emergency radio services; telegraph and interstate telephone companies; cellular telephone and paging systems; satellite facilities; and cable companies and Internet service providers. The commission is empowered to grant, revoke, renew, and modify broadcasting licenses. It superintended the relations between AT&T and its successor phone companies and later promoted competition between long-distance phone companies. In the 1990s the FCC was involved in battles over the regulation of both pricing and content in the cable television industry. With the rapid development of telecommunications technologies, particularly mobile communications systems, and the blurring of distinctions between cable television and local and long-distance telephone companies, the job of the FCC continues to become more complex.
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Yesterday afternoon (on the eve of a three day holiday weekend), the FCC's Media Bureau issued an order denying Mediacom's request that it be given interim carriage rights to allow Mediacom to restore Sinclair's stations to the cable line-ups of 2 million viewers in 700,000 households in small communities across America while the full Commission considers the lawfulness of Sinclair's refusal to negotiate with Mediacom on a reasonable, non-discriminatory basis.
Mediacom's offer is consistent with the strong recommendation made by the Media Bureau in its recent order dated January 12, 2007, which stated:
A statement issued the Interior Ministry's Media Bureau, said that in the meeting, Asadi stressed Iraq's serious and sincere cooperation with international organizations; and the Ministry's readiness to facilitate the works of International humanitarian organizations.
Joseph Young, Mediacom's SVP and General Counsel, said "the Media Bureau order conflicts with established law and relies on erroneous findings of fact.
NNA - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's media bureau issued on Saturday a press release: "The martyrdom of a number of soldiers from the Kingdom of Bahrain in the battle to defend Arab dignity, on the Saudi-Yemeni border, is the definitive proof of the common fate between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and its people, which are facing the conspiracy to destabilize Arab countries and to set sectarian and ethnic fires between people of the same religion.
26, by the Speaker's Media Bureau said that Nijaifi met on Saturday with Barazani, in a positive environment that witnessed major breakthrough in their points of view over the Election Law.
Note: As of 7/9/03, Baileys Minis are NOT available in the following states: KY, LA, VT, ME, OK, UT Contact: Heather Kovins, Baileys Media Bureau, 212-714-1280, ext.
We are certainly dismayed with Sinclair's inability to commit to our offer of binding arbitration made yesterday, a solution that was strongly encouraged in the recent Order by the FCC's Media Bureau," said John Pascarelli, Executive Vice President for Mediacom.
The pair took up the "dangerous developments which have taken place recently, and how to cope with the current situation and upcoming challenges," as per a statement by Minister Harb's Media Bureau.
The Speaker's Media Bureau said that the meeting touched on the draft Election Law and other important legislations, as well as Iraq's relations with neighboring countries and means to consolidate them.
During the audio conference, which will begin at 1:30 EST, Mary Beth Richards, special advisor to FCC Chairman Powell for the reorganization, Kenneth Ferree, chief of the newly combined Media Bureau, and Carol Mattey, deputy chief of the renamed Wireline Competition Bureau, will address such issues as:
It has been over two days since the FCC Media Bureau issued an order strongly encouraging Sinclair and Mediacom to enter binding arbitration.

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