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FCC Wants Details on Cablevision-Fox Spat

FCC Media Bureau Chief William Lake on Friday wrote the executives of Cablevision and News Corp, parent company of Fox, requesting information about the companies' ongoing dispute over programming fees. Citing the commission's belief, per congressional intention, that broadcasters and cable companies have an obligation to negotiate carriage fees "in an atmosphere of honesty, purpose and clarity or process," Lake asked the companies to provide information about the nature of their current negotiations.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 2:21pm

Nevada's High Rollers

Many jaws dropped last week when the news broke that GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle had raised $14.4 million in the third quarter. There was a great deal of attention paid to Angle's high burn rate -- dollars spent versus dollars raised. But, there are far more interesting numbers in Angle's FEC report.

She raised $7,816,627 in unitemized contributions; donations of $200 or less, or 54 percent of her total contributions. For the sake of argument, let's say the average contribution was $75, thus 104,222 people donated to Angle.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 1:47pm

Week Ahead in Tech and Telecom

Monday TechAmerica hosts an 8:30 am news conference to release a paper in response to the White House IT review. Featured speakers include Phil Bond, president of TechAmerica. The New America Foundation hosts a 9:00 am forum on the "Internet's Mid-Life Crisis." Featured speakers include Bruce Gottlieb, former Chief Counsel of the FCC and Link Hoewing, assistant VP for Internet and technology policy, Verizon.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 1:00pm

Duffield, Va Selected As Prime Site For Data Center

The Tennessee Valley Authority selected Duffield, Va., as a "prime location" for data center development, Rep. Rick Boucher, D -Va., announced on Friday. "Data centers provide high-wage jobs to highly skilled employees, and Duffield has much to offer a company seeking a location for a data center," said Boucher, Communications Subcommittee Chairman. "It is home to the Scott County Business and Technology Park, which is fully outfitted with the water, wastewater and telecommunications infrastructure necessary to accommodate a data center.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:58am

TechProfessionals and Glitterati (sort of)

What do Meet the Press, American Idol and Chelsea Handler have in common? They are all part of the awesome swag up for grabs at the Federal Communications Bar Association charity auction next Thursday evening. Prizes to the event, which will be held at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in Washington, include two pairs of tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman, four tickets to a Redskins game, two tickets to a taping of The Daily Show, and many more. The grand prize is an entertainment packing featuring and 47" 3D TV, 3D blu-ray disc player and 3D glasses. Proceeds

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 11:35am

NRCC Outraises DCCC In October

The National Republican Congressional Committee reported raising more money than its Democratic counterpart for the month of October.

In their pre-general election FEC filings late Thursday, the NRCC reported having raised $5.2 million from October 1 to 13. The Democratic Congressional Committee raised more than $4.9 million.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 9:35am

Most Targeted Democrats Outraised By GOP Challengers

House Republican challengers continue to show impressive fundraising strength in the final stretch of the election, with 34 of the 56 most vulnerable House Democrats getting outraised by their Republican challengers, from October 1-13.

The late fundraising tallies are another sign that the Republican momentum is only growing, and the party's momentum is being reflected in a surge of grassroots donations to GOP challengers.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 9:11am

IP Enforcement Policies Stir Censorship Debate

Efforts to ramp up intellectual property enforcement in the digital marketplace are bumping up against free speech advocacy in an international treaty nearing completion and a pending Senate bill, CongressDaily reported. Rights holders and many government leaders are determined to crack down on Internet piracy through stricter enforcement, but public-interest groups argue that such rules can jeopardize free speech, particularly in countries without the types of safeguard measures found in American law. The U.S.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 9:00am

Starting Lineup: The Pennsylvania Paradox

Updated, 12:35 p.m.

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: the Democratic base coming home in Pennsylvania; yet another PAC wading into the election; the Times dives into the Chamber's finances; Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) becomes first candidate to pull his own ad; the DGA keeps the pressure on Brian Dubie (R) in Vermont; Russ Feingold (D) gets his last shot at Ron Johnson (R); and Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) challenger posts a big haul.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 7:21am

Senate Race Rankings

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:00am