FCC Commissioner Pai Speaks at Kansas Broadcasters Association's Conference
Pai Laments Cross-Ownership Decision
"A newspaper purchasing a single AM radio station in rural Kansas? That’s where the commission decides to put its foot down!"
That’s Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai, speaking Monday to the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Convention. He was marveling at the FCC’s recent decision to retain its newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule. Pai characterized that as a "profound" mistake.
He called on the commission to eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcasters maintain a public correspondence file by the end of the year. "The FCC deals with many difficult issues, but this isn`t one of them. Let’s get it done."
CTA Predicts Tech Gifts to Dominate Holiday Season
Michael Balderston, TV Technology
The holidays will be more technical than ever, per CTA research
ARLINGTON, VA.—According to a recent study by the Consumer Technology Association, more people will be in line to buy new technology gifts this holiday season. In the "233rd Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Pattern Study," CTA identifies that roughly 68 percent of U.S. consumers (around 170 million people) plan to buy things like drones, virtual reality tech and wearables; this is a 6 percent increase over last year.
CTA forecasts that spending on technology will increase 3.1 percent to an estimated $36.05 billion during this holiday season. In addition, more shopping is expected to take place online, with total online sales jumping 16.4 percent to $84.2 billion, while online shopping through mobile devices should grow near 45.2 percent to $20.1 billion. Physical locations may still be the primary place where customers purchase tech (74 per cent), but those numbers are on the decline by a reported three percentage points from 2015.