Tom Wheeler told lawmakers at his Senate Commerce confirmation hearing Mon that he would explore the FCC’s options on retrans. While he believes in market evolution, “what does bother me is when consumers are held hostage of corporate disputes,” he said. But President Obama’s choice for FCC chmn was less direct when asked whether the agency has authority to act on retrans without Congressional action. More on this in our top story.

 
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Add to the ongoing Sprint/DISH/Clearwire M&A drama a lawsuit filed by Sprint against DISH, claiming the satcaster tried to “fool” Clearwire shareholders. More on this new development.
 
Charter completed a 4-month digital upgrade of its North TX network for subs in Fort Worth and 40 surrounding communities.

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FCC Seeks Comment on NAB NextGen Petition

The FCC Media Bureau is seeking comment on NAB’s petition regarding the treatment of multicast streams under the NexGen TV local simulcasting rules.

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