When it comes to retrans rules, almost all the speakers at free market think tank Free State Foundation’s annual telecom conference Thurs are on the same page. As NCTA head Michael Powell said, “you can debate what the rules should be” but it’s not debatable that the rules are outdated. Even FCC Media Bureau chief William Lake called the current retrans regime “odd.” Rewriting the ’92 Cable Act is a job for Congress, they said, but here’s what they think the FCC can do in the meantime.

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Telecom policy will be high on Sen Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) agenda this year. Read on for his views on the ’96 Telecom Act.
Comcast Corp chmn/CEO Brian Roberts got a little personal during his hour-long interview Thurs before the Economic Club of Washington. Here is Roberts on working for his father, customer service and the cloud-based X1 platform.

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