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Jun 12, 2015

U.S. FCC has briefed 2/3 eligible TV stations on 2016 auction – FCC official

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of
eligible U.S. TV stations have been briefed by Federal
Communications Commission experts about the details of the
upcoming airwaves auction, according to a new estimate shared by
an FCC official with Reuters on Friday.

The latest number on talks sought out by broadcasters
surpasses the estimate of “nearly half” cited by FCC Chairman
Tom Wheeler in an April speech, and illustrates the
broadcasters’ growing interest in the auction of highly valuable
low-frequency airwaves.

Jun 12, 2015

U.S. broadcasters lose case against FCC’s airwaves auction rules

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – The U.S. federal court of appeals on Friday
ruled against the National Association of Broadcasters, which
had challenged elements of the Federal Communications
Commission’s rules for the large auction of airwaves planned for
2016.

In the so-called incentive auction, TV stations would
volunteer to give up the valuable radio frequencies they own to
the FCC, which will repackage and auction them off to wireless
carriers, which are clamoring for faster speeds and better
services for their devices.

Jun 11, 2015

Court declines to suspend U.S. net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. Internet traffic
regulations, known as net neutrality rules, will go into effect
on Friday after a federal appeals court rejected the
telecommunications industry’s request to partly suspend their
implementation while they are being litigated.

The ruling on Thursday marked an early win for the Federal
Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader
enforcement authority over Internet service providers is being
challenged in court by AT&T Inc and cable and wireless
industry groups.

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. court denies requests to block parts of net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday declined to suspend new Internet traffic regulations, rejecting the telecom industry’s request to partially block the implementation of the “net neutrality” rules while they’re being litigated.

The ruling marks an early win for the Federal Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader enforcement authority over Internet services providers is being challenged in court by AT&T Inc and cable and wireless industry groups.

Jun 5, 2015

Charter tells FCC net neutrality has not affected its investments

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – New U.S. net neutrality regulations have not
affected how Charter Communications Inc invests in
building its telecoms networks, Chief Executive Tom Rutledge
told Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler this
week.

In a meeting with Wheeler and other FCC officials, disclosed
in a government filing on Friday, Rutledge discussed Charter’s
$56 billion takeover bid for bigger rival Time Warner Cable Inc
, which the FCC must approve.

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. plan to cede Internet domain control on track-ICANN head

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – A controversial Obama
administration plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that
manages the Internet’s infrastructure is on track to gain
government approval by next year’s presidential elections, the
organization’s chief said in an interview.

Some Republican lawmakers have raised concerns about the
plan to hand over the stewardship of the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to a global
multi-stakeholder body, worried that it may allow other
countries to capture control.

May 29, 2015

Exclusive: FCC poised to side with Verizon, AT&T in airwaves spat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile U.S. Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Such a decision, which could be finalized in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation’s No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy in the auction.

May 28, 2015

Exclusive: FCC leans against new limits for Verizon, AT&T in 2016 U.S. auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Such a decision, which could be finalized in coming weeks, would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by the nation’s No. 4 cellular operator, which wants the Federal Communications Commission to further limit how much spectrum dominant U.S. carriers Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) can buy in the auction.

May 27, 2015

FCC looks to crack down on robocalls, robotexts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecommunications
regulator wants to make it harder for telemarketers and other
businesses to place unwanted robocalls and text messages under
changes to autodialing rules proposed on Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on June
18 on the proposal, which would give legal cover to telephone
companies to offer consumers technologies that would block
robocalls, regardless of where they originate.

May 26, 2015

Charter’s Time Warner Cable bid faces $2 billion regulatory question

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable, entering into talks to be acquired by Charter Communications Inc just a month after regulators killed a proposed takeover by Comcast Corp’s, was determined not to get burned a second time.

It won such an insurance policy on Tuesday, when Charter included as part of its $56 billion takeover agreement a pledge to pay Time Warner Cable a $2 billion breakup fee if the deal goes south. Comcast, by contrast, had made no such pledge and was able to walk away scot-free when its bid collapsed.

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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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