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Nov 6, 2013

With review of FCC, new chief sets path for U.S. telecom agency

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A fresh era started at the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday with a
30-minute speech to staff by the agency’s new chief, who
promised a more current and more nimble regulatory body.

“The industries with which we work are always taking
reasonable risks; I hope we won’t shy away from a similar
approach,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in his first public
comments since sworn into office a day earlier.

Nov 6, 2013

Vowing ‘new day,’ U.S. telecom chief kicks off review of FCC

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – A fresh era started at the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday with a
30-minute speech to staff by the agency’s new chief, who
promised a more current and more nimble regulatory body.

“The industries with which we work are always taking
reasonable risks; I hope we won’t shy away from a similar
approach,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in his first public
comments since sworn into office a day earlier.

Nov 4, 2013

U.S. officials offer few concessions on NSA spying to privacy board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is open to some changes to how it conducts its phone and Internet surveillance programs as long as they do not undermine the programs’ effectiveness, U.S. officials told a privacy oversight board on Monday.

How exactly the U.S. phone and online data-gathering programs could strike such a balance – helping thwart terrorist plots while also protecting Americans’ privacy – is under review by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Nov 1, 2013

U.S. regulator considers end to sports broadcast blackout rule

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Federal Communications
Commission is considering whether to eliminate a decades-old
rule that prohibited broadcasting of some professional sporting
events, often NFL football games, in their home markets.

The FCC said on Friday its members are reviewing a proposal
to eliminate the nearly 40-year-old rule that was originally
meant to ensure broadcasts of sports games did not hurt local
ticket sales.

Oct 30, 2013

Nominee to lead U.S. telecom regulator approved after Cruz lifts hold

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday
approved Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, enabling the agency to start
operating under a permanent leader after a holding period of
several months.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz said earlier on Tuesday he had
lifted his block on the nomination after meeting with Wheeler
and receiving affirmation that the FCC would not pursue new
disclosure rules for sponsors of political ads.

Oct 29, 2013

Nominee for U.S. telecom regulator heads to Senate vote as Cruz lifts hold

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is expected
to take on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman
of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday after
Republican Senator Ted Cruz lifted his hold on the vote.

Cruz said on Tuesday he lifted his block on the nomination
after meeting with Wheeler and receiving affirmation that the
FCC would not pursue new disclosure rules for sponsors of
political ads.

Oct 28, 2013

FCC adopts access deal involving AT&T, Dish, others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecommunications regulators on Monday formally adopted an agreement by AT&T Inc, Dish Network Corp and other wireless companies to give smaller operators access to devices now made only for AT&T’s airwaves.

The Federal Communications Commission’s order, approved without a public vote, makes official and elaborates upon a multi-pronged deal brokered by agency staff and wireless companies last month.

Oct 24, 2013

Ted Cruz seeks to press FCC nominee on ad policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said on Thursday he hoped to meet with the nominee “soon” to discourage him from using FCC power to force sponsors of political ads to disclose their financial donors.

During the debt and budget debates that dominated Congress last week, Cruz used his prerogative as a senator to block the chamber from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to lead the FCC, which oversees communications industries in the United States. The FCC has five seats, two of which are vacant.

Oct 22, 2013

U.S. proposes minimal corporate cybersecurity standards

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. bureau on Tuesday unveiled a draft of voluntary standards that companies can adopt to boost cybersecurity – part of an attempt to protect critical industries without setting restrictive and costly regulations.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory agency that is part of the Department of Commerce, issued the so-called framework following input from some 3,000 industry and academic experts.

Oct 17, 2013

U.S. Senator Cruz blocks confirmation of new FCC chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative whose defiant stand against Obamacare helped prompt the U.S. government shutdown, has blocked the Senate from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be Federal Communications Commission chairman.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on Wheeler, a Democrat and telecom industry veteran, late on Wednesday. Cruz held up the vote over questions about the FCC’s power to enforce disclosures of who sponsors political television advertising.

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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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