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Jul 30, 2014

U.S. regulator questions Verizon plan to slow data speeds for some

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday he is “deeply troubled” by a Verizon Communications Inc announcement that high-speed wireless customers who subscribe to older unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1.

Verizon stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2012 and last week said it will soon begin slowing services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand.

Jul 29, 2014

Internet users often unclear about their data use: U.S. watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay Internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do, a U.S. government watchdog said in findings released on Tuesday.

The observations were preliminary from the Government Accountability Office’s review of the practice of usage-based pricing, in which consumers pay Internet service providers (ISPs) for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. FCC needs better data on TV stations’ shared deals: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission may have problems ensuring that its regulations on shared arrangements by TV stations meet the agency’s goals on competition and diversity because “it lacks basic data,” the U.S. government watchdog said on Monday.

The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, at the request of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, spent a year investigating the impact of agreements between TV stations to jointly sell advertising or produce and acquire programing, or to share news or other equipment and resources.

Jul 25, 2014

Cellphone unlocking legislation clears U.S. House, heads to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to ‘unlock’ their devices and use them on competitors’ wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal.

The legislation cleared the Senate last week and now only requires President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. to Internet providers: We are watching your speed promises

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. communications
regulators on Wednesday reminded Internet service providers to
promise consumers only the speed and quality of service that
they actually deliver, or face penalties.

In an advisory, the Federal Communications Commission urged
both fixed and wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) to
comply with regulations that say the companies must be clear and
accurate in the information they tell consumers about their
broadband services.

Jul 18, 2014

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday.

The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10 as it weighs how best to regulate the way Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic crossing their networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in April after a federal court struck down the FCC’s previous version of such rules in January.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. FCC extends 1st deadline to comment on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency’s proposed new Internet traffic rules after a surge in traffic overwhelmed its online filing system.

Companies, consumer advocates, lawmakers and citizens had sent nearly 680,000 comments on the FCC’s proposed so-called net neutrality rules — which guide how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic on their networks — as the deadline for first comments approached on Tuesday.

Jul 7, 2014

FCC names heads of Comcast/TWC, AT&T/DirecTV deal reviews

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – AFederal Communications Commission lawyer will lead the agency’s review of the proposed merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, while an external lawyer will join to lead the review of AT&T Inc’s bid for DirecTV, the FCC said on Monday.

Hillary Burchuk, a former lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division who joined the FCC in 2011, will head the agency’s working team reviewing the proposed $45.2 billion merger between two largest U.S. cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The team will also review Comcast’s related deal with Charter Communications Inc.

Jun 26, 2014

China cyber crime cooperation stalls after U.S. hacking charges

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Fledging cooperation between
the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground
to a halt since the recent U.S. indictment of Chinese military
officials on hacking charges, a senior U.S. security official
said on Thursday.

At the same time, there has been no decline in Chinese
hackers’ efforts to break into U.S. networks, the official said.

Jun 25, 2014

AT&T tells lawmakers DirecTV deal won’t guarantee lower prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.

The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content.

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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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