WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers grilled AT&T Inc and DirecTV on Tuesday over a proposed merger that some Democrats and public interest groups fear will result in higher costs and less competition.
The chief executives of the No. 2 wireless carrier and the largest U.S. satellite TV service provider testified about their proposed $48.5 billion deal at hearings in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and said the scale the merger would allow them to save on the high costs of negotiating rights to video content.
WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed
merger with DirecTV does not compare with other mergers
shaking up the telecommunications industry because the companies
largely provide different services, AT&T’s chief executive told
lawmakers on Tuesday.
“This is not Comcast/Time Warner, this is not two cable
companies getting together, this is not Sprint and T-Mobile,”
CEO Randall Stephenson said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5
billion merger before a House Judiciary Committee panel.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DirecTV’s chief executive officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that the largest U.S. satellite television provider needs to merge with AT&T Inc so that it can offer Internet service to consumers that is critical to remaining competitive.
“We’ve competed aggressively by delivering more high-definition channels, a clearer picture … than cable,” CEO Michael White said at a hearing on the proposed $48.5 billion merger before the House Judiciary Committee.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on July 11 on proposed changes to a subsidy program aimed at improving wireless Internet in schools and libraries nationwide without spending more, the agency said on Friday.
The five-member FCC will vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to begin transitioning the largest U.S. education technology program, E-Rate, to focus entirely on high-speed Internet services and to better use its current funding on new technology.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. cable and fiber Internet providers generally deliver the download speeds they advertise, though not consistently, while DSL connections increasingly fail to meet promised speeds, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.
The agency has been testing download and upload speeds of top Internet service providers (ISPs) yearly since 2011, but this year for the first time also assessed how likely consumers were to get speeds as advertised.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to force government agencies to get warrants before they access the email of people under investigation advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a majority of lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.
Advocates of the reform, which have included large tech companies such as Google, welcomed the news of 218 lawmakers signing on to the bill in the Republican-controlled House. The White House has also endorsed efforts to rewrite the old law.
WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – A surge in mobile Internet
usage has U.S. regulators considering whether to apply the same
rules to fixed and wireless Internet traffic, and large
technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for
such a change.
The Federal Communications Commission is now rewriting the
so-called “net neutrality” rules, aimed at ensuring that
Internet providers do not unfairly block or slow down users’
access to content on the web, after their 2010 version was
rejected in January by an appeals court.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will review agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and other content and Internet providers to figure out whether they are causing slow web download speeds for some consumers, especially for streaming video content.
Consumers have complained to the Federal Communications Commission about the ongoing spat between Netflix and Internet service providers (ISPs). Both sides accuse each other of causing a slowdown in Internet speeds by the way they route traffic.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is studying details of Internet traffic exchange agreements between Netflix, Verizon, Comcast and others to begin to review such arrangements, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Friday.
The U.S. regulator has collected terms of so-called “peering agreements” between Netflix Inc and the two large Internet service providers, but is asking other broadband providers and content companies to share theirs as well.
WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecom
regulator on Thursday asked phone, cable and other companies to
step up and show measurable actions they take to protect
communications networks from cyber attacks and hold themselves
accountable without new regulations.
In his first major speech devoted fully to cybersecurity,
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urged the
private sector to “step up to assume new responsibility and
market accountability for managing cyber risks” before the FCC
takes a regulatory approach to the problem.