A U.S. regulator whose vote is needed to change television-station ownership rules that may force Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to sell assets is pushing to ensure smaller companies can win exceptions.
Television-station owners including Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. couldn’t control multiple outlets in small markets and would lose some power to negotiate fees with cable providers under changes set for a vote March 31 by U.S. regulators.
The Obama administration’s plan to allocate TV stations’ excess airwaves for use by wireless Internet services received support from 112 economists at a White House event that featured Google Inc. ’s chief economist.
The top U.S. communications regulator is considering restrictions on television-station owners controlling more than one property in a market, a strategy that’s helped fuel an $11 billion station buying spree.
U.S. broadcasters said they’re near an agreement to share frequencies with the Defense Department, a move that could help free airwaves for use by mobile providers led by Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Fox and ABC television stations can’t be punished for airing profanity and nudity a decade ago, while it dodged broader questions about the constitutionality of a federal crackdown on broadcast indecency.