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Oct 8, 2014

AT&T to pay $105 million to settle charges it ‘crammed’ phone bills

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will pay $105 million to settle allegations that it put unauthorized charges on customers’ cell phone bills, a practice known as cramming, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The settlement comes after years of complaints from cell phone owners about being charged for services like daily horoscopes or trivia that they never requested. It was negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission and all state attorneys general.

Oct 8, 2014

AT&T to pay $105 mln to settle charges it “crammed” phone bills

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc will pay $105
million to settle allegations that it put unauthorized charges
on customers’ cell phone bills, a practice known as cramming,
federal regulators said on Wednesday.

The settlement comes after years of complaints from cell
phone owners about being charged for services like daily
horoscopes or trivia that they never requested. It was
negotiated by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal
Communications Commission and all state attorneys general.

Oct 3, 2014

U.S. FCC pauses clock on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday it paused its “shot-clock” on the review of the proposed $45 billion merger between the two largest U.S. cable providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc.

The FCC, which will determine whether the deal is in the public interest, said it is stopping its informal 180-day clock to review the merger until Oct. 29, the new deadline for the public and stakeholders to comment, or until the agency is satisfied with Comcast’s response to requests for additional information. The deadline had been set for Oct. 8.

Oct 3, 2014

U.S. FCC pauses ‘shot clock’ on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger review

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission on Friday said it will pause its
informal “shot-clock” on the review of the proposed $45 billion
merger between Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc
.

The FCC said it will pause its informal 180-day clock to
review the merger until Oct. 29, the new deadline for the public
and stakeholders to comment, or until the agency deems Comcast’s
responses to the regulators’ lengthy information request as
complete.

Oct 2, 2014

Big U.S. wireless carriers, Dish plan bids in airwaves auction

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Three of the four largest U.S.
wireless carriers and satellite provider Dish Network Corp
plan to bid in the Federal Communications Commission’s
November auction of airwaves, according to initial applications
released on Wednesday.

As expected, the largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon
Communications Inc, No. 2 AT&T Inc, No. 4 T-Mobile
US Inc and Dish appeared to be the largest companies to
indicate an interest in bidding in the upcoming auction of
frequencies known as AWS-3.

Oct 1, 2014

Large U.S. wireless carriers, Dish to bid in airwaves auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three of the four largest U.S. wireless carriers and satellite provider Dish Network Corp plan to bid in the Federal Communications Commission’s November auction of airwaves, according to initial applications released on Wednesday.

As expected, the largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Communications Inc, No. 2 AT&T Inc, No. 4 T-Mobile US Inc and Dish appeared to be the largest companies to indicate an interest in bidding in the upcoming auction of frequencies known as AWS-3.

Oct 1, 2014

U.S. FCC plans roadshow to persuade TV stations to sell airwaves

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Television stations around the
country will be hearing from the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission in coming months as the regulator on Wednesday
launches a push to sway reluctant broadcasters to sell their
airwaves in an upcoming auction.

The FCC is planning a so-called incentive auction for
mid-2015, a complex sale of highly valuable low-frequency radio
airwaves currently used by broadcasters to clamoring wireless
carriers.

Oct 1, 2014

U.S. FCC plans roadshow to convince TV stations to sell airwaves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Television stations around the country will be hearing from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in coming months as the regulator on Wednesday launches a push to sway reluctant broadcasters to sell their airwaves in an upcoming auction.

The FCC is planning a so-called incentive auction for mid-2015, a complex sale of highly valuable low-frequency radio airwaves currently used by broadcasters to clamoring wireless carriers.

Sep 30, 2014

FCC considering move to ban NFL Redskins team name

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency’s chairman indicated on Tuesday.

The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name “Redskins.”

Sep 30, 2014

FCC look into treating Internet TV like cable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in how it regulates Internet TV, potentially putting it on the same footing as traditional cable and satellite television, an FCC official familiar with the idea said on Tuesday.

If formalized and approved, the change would help Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish Network Corp, Sony Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, compete with traditional pay-TV for digital rights to major network programming.

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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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