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Aug 8, 2014

After Verizon, U.S. FCC quizzing other carriers on data management

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications
regulator on Friday said he is asking all large U.S. wireless
carriers to explain how they decide when to slow download speeds
for some customers, after questioning Verizon Wireless about
such a plan.

Verizon, the biggest U.S. carrier, said last month that the
top 5 percent of high-speed data users on its older unlimited
data plans might experience slower speeds starting in October.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. FCC asks if broadband should mean faster Internet speeds

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed changing how it
measures high-speed Internet to potentially require download
speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher for a service
to qualify as broadband.

The FCC currently defines broadband, or high-speed Internet,
as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. The agency
will seek public comment on whether those bandwidth thresholds
should be increased and whether different ones should be set for
wired and wireless connections.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. FCC asks whether broadband should mean faster Internet speeds

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed changing the
definition of high-speed Internet to require download speeds of
10 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher to qualify as broadband.

The commission currently defines broadband, or high-speed
Internet, as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. The
agency will seek public comment on whether those threshold
connection speeds should be increased.

Aug 4, 2014

Verizon defends slowdown of unlimited customers’ data to FCC

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc
defended its decision to slow data downloads for some
customers using older unlimited data plans, telling U.S.
regulators it was a “widely accepted” and lawful part of network
management.

In a letter dated Aug. 1, Verizon responded to U.S. Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who last week
wrote Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Dan Mead to say he was
“deeply troubled” by Verizon’s plans.

Jul 31, 2014

With France’s Iliad, T-Mobile US takeover skips regulatory hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – French telecommunications company Iliad’s (ILD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) surprise bid for U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would face a far easier U.S. review process than the offer long expected from Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), experts said.

Iliad’s bid, revealed on Thursday, comes as Sprint’s Japanese parent SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) had already agreed to broad parameters of a deal, which was unlikely to be announced until September, sources have told Reuters.

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. regulator questions Verizon plan to slow data speeds for some

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday he is “deeply troubled” by a Verizon Communications Inc announcement that high-speed wireless customers who subscribe to older unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1.

Verizon stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2012 and last week said it will soon begin slowing services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand.

Jul 29, 2014

Internet users often unclear about their data use: U.S. watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay Internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do, a U.S. government watchdog said in findings released on Tuesday.

The observations were preliminary from the Government Accountability Office’s review of the practice of usage-based pricing, in which consumers pay Internet service providers (ISPs) for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. FCC needs better data on TV stations’ shared deals: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission may have problems ensuring that its regulations on shared arrangements by TV stations meet the agency’s goals on competition and diversity because “it lacks basic data,” the U.S. government watchdog said on Monday.

The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, at the request of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, spent a year investigating the impact of agreements between TV stations to jointly sell advertising or produce and acquire programing, or to share news or other equipment and resources.

Jul 25, 2014

Cellphone unlocking legislation clears U.S. House, heads to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to ‘unlock’ their devices and use them on competitors’ wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal.

The legislation cleared the Senate last week and now only requires President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. to Internet providers: We are watching your speed promises

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. communications
regulators on Wednesday reminded Internet service providers to
promise consumers only the speed and quality of service that
they actually deliver, or face penalties.

In an advisory, the Federal Communications Commission urged
both fixed and wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) to
comply with regulations that say the companies must be clear and
accurate in the information they tell consumers about their
broadband services.

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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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