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Nov 12, 2014

Exclusive: FCC to start auction roadshow, TV station visits in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff will hit the road in January for town halls and private meetings with TV station owners and investors to drum up interest in a major upcoming airwaves auction, according to a commission official familiar with the plan.

The FCC plans to travel to large, medium and small markets, making presentations to the broadcast community about the “incentive” auction of airwaves scheduled for mid-2016, which is expected to be the FCC’s largest and most complex.

Nov 12, 2014

U.S. telecoms to battle Obama Internet plan in courts, Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. telecommunications industry plans to fight tooth and nail against President Barack Obama’s call for stricter regulations on Internet service providers, taking its case to regulators, courts and Congress.

Obama on Monday stunned the telecom community by urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify ISPs so they could be regulated more like public utilities as a way to preserve “net neutrality.”

Nov 10, 2014

Obama pressures FCC for strong net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pressured the federal communications regulator to toughen its planned Internet traffic rules, saying higher-fee “fast lanes” should be banned and Internet providers should be overseen more like public utilities are.

Obama’s detailed position on the issue of “net neutrality,” a platform in his presidential campaign in 2008, represented a rare step by the White House into the policy-setting of an independent agency.

Nov 6, 2014

Factbox: Tech industry drawing up wish lists for new U.S. Congress

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – A Republican majority in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives presents opportunities and challenges for technology-related legislation in Congress.

Big industry groups are drawing up wish lists and honing strategy. The following are some of the developments technology and telecommunications lobbyists are watching in the next Congress:

Oct 30, 2014

Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet ‘fast lanes’

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Comcast Corp and
AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet “fast lanes”
that may hurt consumers’ freedom to roam the Web, the leading
U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee chairman in recent letters.

Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet
service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would
not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which
content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast
delivery of their traffic.

Oct 30, 2014

Comcast to U.S. senator: no plans to create Internet ‘fast lanes’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast Corp has no plans to create “fast lanes” for any Internet websites or applications, the top U.S. cable and broadband provider reassured the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in a recent letter.

Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), asking them to pledge to reject so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic.

Oct 30, 2014

With selfies and listicles, U.S. politicians go vote-hunting on social media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From viral videos to selfies, listicles and “throwback Thursday” photos, candidates in the Nov. 4 midterm elections are leaving no social media stone unturned.

Where a 2010 gubernatorial or congressional campaign could proudly claim an active presence on Twitter as something almost fashion-forward, in 2014 a multifaceted digital strategy is seen as a prerequisite, even if little research exists to show how much online politicking translates into votes.

Oct 28, 2014

U.S. regulators to vote on treating Internet TV like cable

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission in coming weeks will vote on whether
Internet TV should have the same access to television
programming as cable and satellite TV providers, which could
shake up competition in the video industry.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday said he has asked his
fellow commissioners to vote on a proposal that would help
Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish
Network Corp, Sony Corp and Verizon
Communications Inc, to compete with traditional pay-TV
for digital rights to major network programming.

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.

    • About Alina

      "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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