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Bill Nelson wants cable, internet providers to give Floridians a post-Irma break

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson asked the nation’s largest cable, telephone and internet providers Thursday to give Hurricane Irma victims rebates for service interruptions.

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Bad week for Bubba the Love Sponge; bank says he owes $75K

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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem is not having a good week. In addition to a former girlfriend seeking an injunction for domestic violence, the well-known and controversial Tampa radio shock-jock is being sued by Bank of America over a $75,000 line of credit. The 50-year-old Clem, who owns Bubba Radio Network, Inc., obtained the line of credit in July 2013 from Bank of America for his business, with Bubba Clem personally guaranteeing repayment. According to a suit filed Feb. 24 in…

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Bubba the Love Sponge hit with restraining order for domestic violence

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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, the well-known and controversial Tampa radio shock-jock, is once again facing legal action, this time by a former girlfriend seeking an injunction for domestic violence. In a complaint filed Feb. 23 in Pinellas County Circuit Court, Nicole Maria “Nikki” L’Ange – also known as Nikki Lange — says she first met Bubba in 2002 and later lived with him at his home in St. Petersburg. L’Ange was a merchandise/event coordinator at Beasley Media Group, which…

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WUSF-TV to go off the air after selling its license

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After more than 50 years of broadcasting in the Tampa Bay area, WUSF-TV will soon be leaving the airwaves. USF officials announced on Wednesday that they have sold the public broadcast license for WUSF-TV for $18.7 million as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. As a result of USF’s decision to sell its license, WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year after proceeds from the auction are received, though officials did not say when that will occur.…

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With political advertising, digital may be growing, but television remains king

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Digital ads may be the hot new thing in political campaigns, but traditional television still reigns as the king of advertising, as it has for more than a half-century. Media advisory firm Borrell Associates estimates that candidates and outside groups will spend nearly $1.1 billion in 2016 on digital advertising, a seven-fold jump from $162 million spent in 2012. Nevertheless, TV remains the dominant platform to reach the widest possible audience of voters, writes Patrick O’Connor of The Wall Street Journal.…

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Marco Rubio criticizes FCC net neutrality vote

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio today weighed in on net neutrality, panning the Federal Communications Commission decision to implement rules ensuring Internet service providers handle all legal content equally. In a vote Thursday morning, the FCC elected to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications utility under Title II of the Communications Act, which consider ISPs as public utilities, like phone companies. This means they will be subject to regulations designed to make sure consumers get fair access to services. The Florida Senator…

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