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Jun 30, 2015

U.S. approval of AT&T-DirecTV deal expected as soon as next week -sources

WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed
$48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is expected to get
U.S. regulatory approval as soon as next week, according to
people familiar with the matter, a decision that will combine
the country’s No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest
satellite-TV provider.

The Department of Justice, which assesses whether deals
violate antitrust law, has completed its review of the merger
and is waiting on the Federal Communications Commission to wrap
up its own, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. FCC may cap small-business discount in airwaves auctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is considering capping bidding discounts that small businesses can receive in U.S. auctions of airwaves, after Dish Network Corp partners sought $3 billion in discounts under current rules.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed the agency’s first such cap on Thursday, and also dismissed T-Mobile US Inc’s request for new limits on how much spectrum dominant carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc can buy in the next auction in 2016.

Jun 18, 2015

FCC moves to curb robocalls, subsidize Internet access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and to expand a government telephone subsidy program for low-income Americans to cover Internet access.

The FCC’s Democratic majority voted 3-2 to change autodialing rules and give telephone companies legal cover to offer consumers new technologies to block robocalls.

Jun 17, 2015

AT&T faces potential $100 million U.S. fine over ‘throttling’ disclosures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a $100 million fine for AT&T Inc, accusing the No. 2 wireless carrier of misleading customers who paid for unlimited data plans about possible slowing of download speeds.

The FCC, in announcing the largest such fine proposal, said the company inadequately informed customers about notable reduction in speeds they may experience if they exceed a particular amount of data in a billing cycle, a practice known as “throttling.”

Jun 12, 2015

FCC has briefed two-thirds of eligible TV stations on 2016 auction: FCC official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of eligible U.S. TV stations have been briefed by Federal Communications Commission experts about the details of the upcoming airwaves auction, according to a new estimate shared by an FCC official with Reuters on Friday.

The latest number on talks sought out by broadcasters surpasses the estimate of “nearly half” cited by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in an April speech, and illustrates the broadcasters’ growing interest in the auction of highly valuable low-frequency airwaves.

Jun 12, 2015

U.S. FCC has briefed 2/3 eligible TV stations on 2016 auction – FCC official

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of
eligible U.S. TV stations have been briefed by Federal
Communications Commission experts about the details of the
upcoming airwaves auction, according to a new estimate shared by
an FCC official with Reuters on Friday.

The latest number on talks sought out by broadcasters
surpasses the estimate of “nearly half” cited by FCC Chairman
Tom Wheeler in an April speech, and illustrates the
broadcasters’ growing interest in the auction of highly valuable
low-frequency airwaves.

Jun 12, 2015

U.S. broadcasters lose case against FCC’s airwaves auction rules

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – The U.S. federal court of appeals on Friday
ruled against the National Association of Broadcasters, which
had challenged elements of the Federal Communications
Commission’s rules for the large auction of airwaves planned for
2016.

In the so-called incentive auction, TV stations would
volunteer to give up the valuable radio frequencies they own to
the FCC, which will repackage and auction them off to wireless
carriers, which are clamoring for faster speeds and better
services for their devices.

Jun 11, 2015

Court declines to suspend U.S. net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. Internet traffic
regulations, known as net neutrality rules, will go into effect
on Friday after a federal appeals court rejected the
telecommunications industry’s request to partly suspend their
implementation while they are being litigated.

The ruling on Thursday marked an early win for the Federal
Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader
enforcement authority over Internet service providers is being
challenged in court by AT&T Inc and cable and wireless
industry groups.

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. court denies requests to block parts of net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday declined to suspend new Internet traffic regulations, rejecting the telecom industry’s request to partially block the implementation of the “net neutrality” rules while they’re being litigated.

The ruling marks an early win for the Federal Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader enforcement authority over Internet services providers is being challenged in court by AT&T Inc and cable and wireless industry groups.

Jun 5, 2015

Charter tells FCC net neutrality has not affected its investments

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – New U.S. net neutrality regulations have not
affected how Charter Communications Inc invests in
building its telecoms networks, Chief Executive Tom Rutledge
told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler this
week.

In a meeting with Wheeler and other FCC officials, disclosed
in a government filing on Friday, Rutledge discussed Charter’s
$56 billion takeover bid for bigger rival Time Warner Cable Inc
, which the FCC must approve.

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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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