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By Emily Miller
Billionaire gets mobbed by fans at CPAC
Topic - Dennis Wharton
The future of long-standing government bans on obscenity and nudity on the airwaves soon could become much clearer as President Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday — one day before the public comment period on the policy ends.
Former Congressman Steve Largent, now a leader in the wireless communications business, is urging Congress to repackage unused spectrum space for mobile Internet devices — such as smartphones and tablet computers — by the end of the year to avoid stunting the growth of the booming industry.
The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users.
Congress is often derided as being in the pocket of K Street lobbyists who use relationships with specific lawmakers to push through legislation favorable to their clients.
A federal appeals court has restored a longstanding ban that prevents media companies from owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same market.
Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page yesterday said the country is wasting much of its wireless spectrum and called on federal regulators to free up a slice of airwaves owned by broadcasters to promote increased broadband access.
To those who thought the National Association of Broadcasters couldn't yell any louder in opposing the proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio, think again.
Performers and others in the music industry have started a campaign calling for what they say is fairness in music royalties.
The NAB will file its comments Wednesday, Mr. Wharton said.
It's come to a point when networks can't show a live eulogy about a fallen war hero for fear that someone will drop the "F-bomb" and expose the networks to huge fines, said Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of communications for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), referring to an incident in Arizona.