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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @05:39AM (#15875)
    ICANN wants no over-sight of their Payola for TLDs game.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
    August 8, 2005                            Catherine Bohigian at (202) 418-1000

    STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN KEVIN J. MARTIN

    I am very concerned about the activities that led the New York Attorney General to investigate Sony BMG Music Entertainment and ultimately resulted in a settlement agreement with that company.

    The FCC has longstanding rules prohibiting payola.  These rules serve the important purpose of ensuring that the listening public knows when someone is seeking to influence them.  Broadcasters must comply with these rules.  The Commission will not tolerate non-compliance.  While payola may not be a widespread practice in the broadcasting industry, to the extent it is going on, it must stop.

    I have directed the Enforcement Bureau to review the settlement agreement reached by Sony BMG and the New York Attorney General and investigate any incidents in which the agreement discloses evidence of payola rule violations.  If the Bureau determines violations of the payola rules have occurred, the Commission will take swift action.  In addition, if the Bureau is presented with evidence of payola rule violations outside of the Sony BMG Music Entertainment settlement, it is to thoroughly investigate those complaints as well.
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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @05:42AM (#15876)
    Looks like Michael Palage's .XXX TLD payola game is in for some FCC scrutiny.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
    August 8, 2005                            Rudy Briochť at (202) 418-2300

    STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER JONATHAN ADELSTEIN

    I applaud the Chairmanís decision to launch an investigation into the payola scandal uncovered by New State Attorney General Spitzer. The Commission has an affirmative, statutory obligation to enforce federal payola laws, and we should enforce them vigorously.

    I believe this payola scandal may represent the most widespread and flagrant violation of any FCC rules in the history of American broadcasting.  Mr. Spitzerís office has collected a mountain of evidence on the potentially illegal promotion practices of not only Sony BMG, but also other major record companies, independent promoters and several of the largest radio station groups.

    The airwaves belong to the public, not the highest bidder.  The vitality of radio is sapped when music is selected based on bribes rather than merit.  Radio listeners are deprived of hearing the freshest music, local artists and creative genius because the labels are predetermining what they get to hear -- and paying to get it played.  We owe it to the American public, music lovers and creative artists - the ones who are hurt the most - to end this deception.
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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @05:48AM (#15877)
    WI-MAX Set to Deliver the NEW .USA TLDs and Others

    Today the FCC alters the sliding-scale relationship between tower height and permissible power.  This change increases the permissible height of full-power communications towers in suburban areas of our Country for the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands.  We should have analyzed the environmental impact of this change before taking final action.

        Towers in many of our communities are already enormous.  But because of this FCC Order we may well see more full-power 1,000 foot towers in suburban areas.  A 1,000 foot tower is twice as high as the Washington Monument.  While we all would like to find ways to improve wireless quality, we should study the impact on our communities before making a change that could dot the suburban landscape with more potentially intrusive structures.  We therefore should have studied how many more high towers are likely to be constructed because of our actions and how these towers will affect the environment, aviation safety, and other issues important to communities around the Nation.  We did not do so.
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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @05:51AM (#15878)
    8/10/2005
    PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 05-2188)
    Auction 63
    Auction of Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service Licenses Scheduled for December 7, 2005; Notice and Filing Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments and Other Auction Procedures for Auction No. 63
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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @05:58AM (#15879)
    All meetings are scheduled to start at 9:30 am, except as noted.

    2005

        * Thursday, January 13, 2005
        * Thursday, February 10, 2005
        * Thursday, March 10, 2005
        * Friday, April 29, 2005
        * Thursday, May 19, 2005
        * Thursday, June 9, 2005
        * Thursday, July 14, 2005
        * Friday, August 5, 2005 - 11:00 am
        * Thursday, September 15, 2005
        * Wednesday, October 12, 2005
        * Thursday, November 3, 2005
        * Thursday, December 8, 2005
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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @06:05AM (#15880)
    Verisign to Lobby to Make .TV NOT a ccTLD
    Instead an FCC TLD

    2    MEDIA    TITLE:  Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming. SUMMARY:  The Commission will consider a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comments and information for the Twelfth Annual Report on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming.

    Clueless ICANN groupies still talk about ccTLDs as being different. Senator Hillary Clinton is confused about how her .NY TLD is a country.
    Bill Clinton claims .NY is a country, as he sees it, he listens to country western music and that
    makes it country.
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    Re:U.S. FCC Preparing to Handle TLD Selections &am
    by Anonymous on Saturday August 13 2005, @07:15AM (#15883)
    NeuLevel Wants NO Scrutiny of the .US TLD Contract

    NeuLevel was an initial supporter of the process set out in the final report now posted at http://gnso.icann.org/issues/registry-services/fin al-rpt-registry-approval-10july05.htm.  In fact, NeuLevel submitted the first draft of the process that was used as a template by the GNSO in what now appears in the final report.

    However, circumstances have changed completely in the past month or so with the signing of the .net Agreement with VeriSign, Inc.   As you all know, the .net agreement sets out its own process for considering requests for consent and related contractual amendments to allow changes in the architecture operation of a gTLD registry.  Although there are some similarities, there are also a number of significant differences.  Unfortunately, the public comment period on this subject within the GNSO closed prior to the .net Agreement being signed.
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