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Media & Comm, most read: California net neutrality law; Sirius/Pandora deal


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Media & Comm, most read: California net neutrality law; Sirius/Pandora deal

Here are the most read stories of the week.

Data Dispatch: Pandora deal advisers to oversee potentially bumpy sale process

As satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings Inc. moves to acquire Pandora Media Inc., a go-shop provision allows the music streaming company to solicit competing offers. One analyst expects Pandora shareholders to reject Sirius' offer under its current terms.

How California's net neutrality could impact cable, wireless giants

The implications of California's newly signed net neutrality law are not well understood, according to internet service providers in the state, creating uncertainty for services like AT&T Inc.'s DIRECTV NOW and T-Mobile US Inc.'s Binge On. The law — which is slated to take effect Jan. 1, 2019, but which is already facing a legal challenge from the U.S. Department of Justice — aims to bar fixed and mobile broadband providers from blocking or throttling legal internet traffic or prioritizing certain traffic in exchange for payment.

Q&A: FCC's Brendan Carr says 5G key to scale telehealth, retain US tech lead

S&P Global Market Intelligence spoke with Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr about his priorities for the agency in 2019, which includes facilitating 5G wireless network deployment to support next-generation technologies such as telehealth.

Lawyers: Legal forecast uncertain for broadcast streaming service Locast

The local broadcast streaming service is still going strong after almost one year of service and plans to expand further. While some believe the site's success proves it is legal, others say broadcasters will quash the service.

DOJ's challenge to Calif. net neutrality bill creates broader uncertainty

The U.S. Department of Justice's battle with California over internet regulations could serve as a warning shot for many other states and localities considering their own rules governing the treatment of internet traffic. Three other states — Oregon, Vermont and Washington — already have net neutrality laws on the books, while governors in six more — Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island and Vermont — have signed executive orders.