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Aug 3, 2015

Internet experts submit draft plan for U.S. to cede domain oversight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After months of work, a group of international Internet experts has released a proposal describing how the U.S. government can complete its domestically controversial plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that manages the Internet’s names and addresses.

The 199-page document, published on Friday, follows the U.S. Commerce Department’s announcement last year that it would transfer its stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global network of interested parties.

Jul 26, 2015

Rand Paul plans to keep pushing to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential
contender Rand Paul said on Sunday he plans to continue pushing
to cut federal funding for the non-profit reproductive
healthcare organization Planned Parenthood over a dispute about
treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

“I’m going to try to force a vote on this. I think the time
is now to discuss whether taxpayer dollars should be going to
such a gruesome procedure,” Paul, a Kentucky senator, said on
Fox News Sunday. “People are outraged by this and I think the
American people deserve to have a vote on it.”

Jul 24, 2015

AT&T, DirecTV complete merger to form biggest pay-TV company

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T
Inc and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV
became the country’s largest pay-TV company on Friday,
completing their $48.5 billion merger after receiving final
regulatory approval.

The newly expanded AT&T leapfrogs the biggest U.S. cable
company Comcast Corp. The company said it will serve
more than 26 million U.S. customers and more than 19 million in
Latin America, making it the world’s biggest pay-TV company.

Jul 24, 2015

AT&T’s $48.5 billion DirecTV purchase gets final U.S. okay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) received final U.S. regulatory approval on Friday to buy DirecTV (DTV.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $48.5 billion, combining the country’s No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider.

After more than a year of review, the Federal Communications Commission finalized its vote to approve the merger that creates the nation’s largest pay-TV company, leap-frogging the biggest cable company Comcast Corp. (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Jul 24, 2015

AT&T clears final hurdle to close DirecTV merger: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) proposed $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV (DTV.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has cleared its final regulatory hurdle as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to approve the merger, according to people familiar with the votes.

At least three of the five FCC commissioners have voted in favor of the deal with conditions, according to the sources, who spoke anonymously because the votes have not yet been made public.

Jul 22, 2015

FCC tells Dish no go on discounts in recent airwaves auction

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications
Commission officials on Wednesday told Dish Network Corp
that the staff review of the recent airwaves auction
found Dish’s two affiliates ineligible for $3.3 billion in
small-business discounts.

The officials also said the agency did not plan to refer the
auction matter to its enforcement arm or the Justice Department,
indicating that the review found no evidence of collusion or
other rule violations, the company said in a statement.

Jul 21, 2015

AT&T nears U.S. approval of $48.5 billion DirecTV merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is close to wrapping up its deal to buy DirecTV (DTV.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as U.S. telecom and antitrust regulators signalled a green light for the $48.5 billion (£31.18 billion) merger that would create the country’s largest pay-TV company.

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday recommended that the five-member commission vote to approve the merger, and the Justice Department said the deal did not pose a significant risk to competition.

Jul 21, 2015

FCC chair proposes approval of AT&T-DirecTV merger -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday circulated an order to approve, with conditions, AT&T Inc’s bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The merger, which has been under the FCC’s review for months, would combine the country’s No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider.

Jul 17, 2015

Mobile to pay $17.5 mln to settle U.S. 911 outage investigation

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc
will pay $17.5 million to settle a U.S. investigation of two 911
service outages last year, marking the largest such fine by the
Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Friday said it found that better safeguards in
T-Mobile’s 911 network architecture would have prevented the
outages, which together lasted for about three hours on Aug. 8
and affected almost all of the wireless carriers’ 50 million
customers nationwide.

Jul 16, 2015

FCC to cap small-business discounts for airwave auctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to begin capping the amount of discounts available to small businesses that bid in government auctions of airwaves for use in mobile broadband.

The move aims to close loopholes that may allow dominant companies to profit from the discount program which is aimed at smaller competitors.

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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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