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Oct 24, 2014

U.S. FCC now expects airwaves auction in early 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday.

The FCC has been working on rules for the so-called incentive auction in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves considered the “beach front property” of radio spectrum for their reach and strength.

Oct 23, 2014

U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no ‘fast lanes’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar “fast lanes” to affiliated services.

As regulators work on new so-called “net neutrality” rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc.

Oct 17, 2014

DEAL TALK: U.S. DOJ digs into Comcast’s Internet reach in merger review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leverage a bigger Comcast Corp could wield over Internet access nationally is one of the key issues U.S. antitrust regulators are discussing in meetings about the proposed merger with cable rival Time Warner Cable Inc, according to sources who have attended such meetings.

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), who could block the $45 billion merger plan, have held numerous confidential meetings with Comcast’s competitors, partners, interest groups and other stakeholders.

Oct 15, 2014

GM sides with U.S. wireless carriers in net neutrality fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. automaker General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has emerged as a heavyweight ally of the wireless carriers battling against stricter Internet traffic rules, with a new letter that linked the issue to wirelessly connected cars.

In a letter to a Federal Communications Commission official viewed by Reuters on Wednesday, GM’s Global Connected Consumer executive director, Harry Lightsey III, urged the FCC to “retain the critical distinction” among rules for fixed and mobile Internet traffic and said new limitations for the mobile industry may constrain innovation in connected cars.

Oct 13, 2014

Ukraine finance minister sees no need for more IMF funds

WASHINGTON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine will not need a new
International Monetary Fund financing program unless its
conflict with pro-Russian separatists worsens significantly,
Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Monday.

In an interview with a small group of reporters, Shlapak
said the IMF’s current $27 billion international financial
lifeline was adequate for now and flatly ruled out a
restructuring of the nation’s debts, which some analysts have
said may be needed to avoid a default.

Oct 8, 2014

AT&T to pay $105 million to settle charges it ‘crammed’ phone bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will pay $105 million to settle allegations that it put unauthorized charges on customers’ cell phone bills, a practice known as cramming, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The settlement comes after years of complaints from cell phone owners about being charged for services like daily horoscopes or trivia that they never requested. It was negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and all state attorneys general.

Oct 8, 2014

AT&T to pay $105 mln to settle charges it “crammed” phone bills

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc will pay $105
million to settle allegations that it put unauthorized charges
on customers’ cell phone bills, a practice known as cramming,
federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The settlement comes after years of complaints from cell
phone owners about being charged for services like daily
horoscopes or trivia that they never requested. It was
negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal
Communications Commission and all state attorneys general.

Oct 3, 2014

U.S. FCC pauses clock on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it paused its “shot-clock” on the review of the proposed $45 billion merger between the two largest U.S. cable providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc.

The FCC, which will determine whether the deal is in the public interest, said it is stopping its informal 180-day clock to review the merger until Oct. 29, the new deadline for the public and stakeholders to comment, or until the agency is satisfied with Comcast’s response to requests for additional information. The deadline had been set for Oct. 8.

Oct 3, 2014

U.S. FCC pauses ‘shot clock’ on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger review

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission on Friday said it will pause its
informal “shot-clock” on the review of the proposed $45 billion
merger between Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc
.

The FCC said it will pause its informal 180-day clock to
review the merger until Oct. 29, the new deadline for the public
and stakeholders to comment, or until the agency deems Comcast’s
responses to the regulators’ lengthy information request as
complete.

Oct 2, 2014

Big U.S. wireless carriers, Dish plan bids in airwaves auction

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Three of the four largest U.S.
wireless carriers and satellite provider Dish Network Corp
plan to bid in the Federal Communications Commission’s
November auction of airwaves, according to initial applications
released on Wednesday.

As expected, the largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon
Communications Inc, No. 2 AT&T Inc, No. 4 T-Mobile
US Inc and Dish appeared to be the largest companies to
indicate an interest in bidding in the upcoming auction of
frequencies known as AWS-3.

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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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