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Paul Weiss | USA | 20 Jun 2014

House, Senate bills would ban paid prioritization

On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced legislation in their respective chambers


Paul Weiss | USA | 13 Jun 2014

Senate committee leaders Introduce STELA reauthorization bill

On Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) joined ranking Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in introducing


Paul Weiss | USA | 11 Nov 2011

AT&T pushes back closing date of T-Mobile acquisition, as DOJ casts doubt on settlement of antitrust claim

In documents filed late last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), AT&T acknowledged the impact of various antitrust lawsuits upon its plan to acquire T-Mobile USA, as the company pushed back its projected completion date for the $39 billion merger to the end of June 2012.


Paul Weiss | USA | 5 Aug 2011

House Judiciary Committee chairman urges FCC, DOJ to consider benefits of AT&TT-Mobile deal

In the latest of a string of congressional communiqués addressing the proposed union of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) took issue with recent proclamations by Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Al Franken (D-MN) against the deal, as he advised FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that, “there is at least as much evidence in the . . . record supporting the merger as opposing it."


Paul Weiss | USA | 13 May 2011

Apple, Google defend tracking practices at Senate hearing

Following up on recent reports regarding the tracking practices of Apple, Google and other wireless device firms, members of the newly-convened Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law voiced their concerns on these practices at a hearing on Tuesday.


Paul Weiss | USA | 2 Apr 2010

Congress extends satellite retransmission rights through April 30

Through a stand-alone bill approved by both chambers of Congress and signed by President Obama last Friday, DISH Network and DirecTV were given yet another extension of compulsory retransmission rights that were last granted to the DBS industry in 2004.


Paul Weiss | USA | 25 Nov 2009

Senate Commerce Committee adopts satellite TV bill

Legislation introduced earlier this month that would extend for five years retransmission rights last granted to the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) industry in 2004 was approved unanimously by members of the Senate Commerce Committee.


Paul Weiss | USA | 13 Nov 2009

Rockefeller, Kerry introduce satellite TV bill

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled legislation this week that constitutes the fourth pending bill on Capitol Hill that renews retransmission rights last granted to the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) industry under the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004.


Paul Weiss | USA | 23 Oct 2009

Satellite Reauthorization Bill approved by House Commerce Committee

Members of the House Commerce Committee have adopted satellite reauthorization legislation that builds on a similar, separate House bill by requiring direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operators to transmit non-commercial channels in high-definition (HD) format.


Paul Weiss | USA | 7 Aug 2009

Radio Royalty Bill debated at Senate hearing

Lawmakers convened at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday urged radio broadcasters to open a dialogue with recording artists on performance rights and royalties, as committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D- VT) advised broadcasters that legislation mandating royalty payments "will move" and should therefore "reflect your interests."

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