Regulatory Rumblings

FCC Wins Major Court Case, Gains Even More Regulatory Power

Posted: Jun 27, 2016 3:15pm ET

Earlier this month, in a 2-1 decision the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality Open Internet Order. This decision has major implications for the advertising industry, but faces further significant challenges in the courts.



Posted: Jun 9, 2016 11:15am ET

Let the political games begin. Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are their parties’ presumptive standard bearers, everyone expects one of the most grueling, bitter and expensive campaign periods in U.S. history.


First Amendment Rights of Advertisers Threatened Yet Again

Posted: Jun 8, 2016 4:00pm ET

Yesterday, ANA sent a letter to Baltimore City Councilmembers in opposition to a new bill that would require health warnings on ads for certain sugar sweetened beverages. ANA believes this type of legislation violates the First Amendment by seizing space on advertisements to carry a compelled government message.


FCC Set-Top Box Proposal Generates Growing Congressional Concern

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 12:00pm ET

Last week, ANA filed comments on the proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open up the marketplace for navigation devices (i.e., set-top boxes) to third parties.


Fight against Mandated Disclosures Takes a Hit

Posted: May 18, 2016 10:00am ET

Ninth Circuit Court Judge Edward Chen has issued a decision in the American Beverage sugar-sweetened beverage case to deny preliminary injunctive relief. The case revolves around a San Francisco ordinance requiring a major health warning on ads for certain sugar sweetened beverages that would take up 20% of the ad space.


Congress Shows Concern over FCC’s Privacy Regulation Plan

Posted: May 12, 2016 2:00pm ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law took a proactive step in protecting businesses from overly restrictive government regulations by holding a hearing Wednesday to debate the merits of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s newly proposed privacy rules.


“Don’t Bother Us with the Facts.”

Posted: May 10, 2016 10:00am ET

“Don’t bother us with the facts.” That seems to be the message the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is sending by its recent summary denial of ANA’s and numerous other groups’ request for additional time to comment on the FCC’s sweeping Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on broadband privacy.


New Ad Tax Proposal in Oklahoma Raises Concerns

Posted: Apr 27, 2016 9:45am ET

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin recently proposed eliminating a number of sales tax exemptions, including the exemption for advertising, in order to resolve a potential state budget shortfall of nearly $1.3 billion for FY2017.


The FCC Is Not Thinking Outside the Set Top Box – Just Undermining its Financial Foundation

Posted: Apr 22, 2016 3:00pm ET

Today, ANA filed comments with the FCC regarding the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on expanding competition in set top boxes. The NPRM seeks to allow competitive consumer electronics manufacturers to make set top box devices and software that can provide full access to the content of multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs).


ANA Requests Extension of Time for Comments on the FCC’s CPNI NPRM

Posted: Apr 12, 2016 3:15pm ET

Today, ANA submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting an extension of time to submit comments regarding the new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on privacy guidelines for broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs).