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May 21, 2015

Easier regulatory review seen for Altice vs Charter in TWC deal

By Alina Selyukh and Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – A potential bid by French telecom group Altice SA to buy U.S. cable company Time Warner Cable Inc would pass regulatory hurdles more easily than an offer pondered by cable rival Charter Communications Inc , according to analysts and experts.

Altice, controlled by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, on Wednesday agreed to buy regional U.S. cable company Suddenlink. It has also approached Time Warner Cable for a deal, according to people familiar with the talks.

May 21, 2015

Analysis – Easier regulatory review seen for Altice vs Charter in TWC deal

By Alina Selyukh and Malathi Nayak

(Reuters) – A potential bid by French telecom group Altice SA (ATCE.AS: Quote, Profile, Research) to buy U.S. cable company Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) would pass regulatory hurdles more easily than an offer pondered by cable rival Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O: Quote, Profile, Research), according to analysts and experts.

Altice, controlled by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, on Wednesday agreed to buy regional U.S. cable company Suddenlink. It has also approached Time Warner Cable for a deal, according to people familiar with the talks.

May 13, 2015

Dish, Cogent specify demands for concessions in AT&T-DirecTV merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dish Network Corp, Cogent
Communications Holdings Inc and advocacy groups are
asking U.S. regulators to restrict AT&T Inc’s power over
online video and other content as part of its proposed purchase
of DirecTV.

The group of critics of the pending $48.5 billion
acquisition met with a large team of officials at the Federal
Communications Commission, including the top merger reviewers,
on May 8 and laid out the most detailed yet demands for
potential conditions to the deal, disclosed in a filing on
Wednesday.

May 12, 2015

Verizon, Sprint to pay $158 million over unauthorized phone charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc will pay $90 million and Sprint Corp will pay $68 million to settle U.S. government probes into unauthorized charges tacked onto their customers’ phone bills, federal agencies said on Tuesday.

The settlements are the latest in the government’s push against the practice known as cramming, in which mobile carriers bill customers for services they never requested such as daily horoscopes or trivia.

May 8, 2015

U.S. appeals court throws out FCC order on programming contracts

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday
threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s order that
media companies should disclose their programming contracts with
pay-TV providers as part of regulators’ review of pending cable
and telecom mergers.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit ruled against the FCC, which last year asked various
content providers to disclose their contracts with cable and
satellite TV companies to help with the reviews of AT&T Inc’s
pending acquisition of DirecTV, and Comcast Corp’s
now-scuttled takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc
.

May 5, 2015

Netflix asks FCC to reject AT&T-DirecTV merger unless changes made

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Netflix Inc has urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reject the pending $48 billion merger of AT&T Inc and DirecTV unless its concerns about the deal are addressed.

A Netflix spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the video streaming company does not oppose the merger in principle but is rather seeking remedies that would help resolve its competitive concerns.

May 5, 2015

Netflix calls on FCC to reject proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc has urged the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission to reject the pending $48 billion
merger of AT&T Inc and DirecTV as currently
proposed, according to regulatory disclosures posted on Tuesday.

In a recent meeting with more than 20 FCC officials,
representatives of the online video company raised concerns
about the combined company’s gatekeeping power as it would
become the country’s largest pay-TV provider with potentially
expansive broadband reach.

May 4, 2015

U.S. FCC gives Pandora foreign ownership waiver to buy KXMZ FM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Monday moved to
allow Pandora Media Inc to exceed the 25 percent cap on
foreign ownership in a U.S. broadcaster as the Internet radio
company prepares to buy radio station KXMZ FM in South Dakota.

The waiver from the Federal Communications Commission brings
Pandora closer to closing the pending deal, announced in 2013.
The streaming service hopes this will allow it to pay lower
music royalty fees on par with some of its rivals.

May 1, 2015

AT&T, U.S. telecom groups seek to block new Internet rules

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc, CenturyLink
Inc and U.S. telecom and cable industry groups called
for regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service
providers on Friday, citing “crushing” compliance costs and
threats to investment.

In filings with the Federal Communications Commission, the
industry did not ask for a suspension of the principal “net
neutrality” rules that ban Internet providers from blocking and
slowing down web traffic or from striking deals with content
companies for smoother downloads.

May 1, 2015

U.S. telecom groups, AT&T seek to block new Internet rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecom industry groups,
alongside AT&T Inc and CenturyLink Inc, called for
regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service
providers on Friday, citing “crushing” compliance costs and
threats to investment.

In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the
industry did not ask for a suspension of the principal “net
neutrality” rules that ban Internet providers from blocking and
slowing down web traffic or from striking deals with content
companies for smoother downloads.

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      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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