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Feb 26, 2015

Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed “net neutrality” rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more.

Feb 20, 2015

On U.S. net neutrality rules, 11th-hour push against vague rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote on new rules for high-speed Internet service, one aspect of the rules is drawing criticism from both opponents and proponents of tighter regulation.

The FCC, which is set to vote next week to regulate Internet service providers more like traditional telephone companies, has introduced a so-called “general conduct” provision in the latest version of the rules that aim to ensure net neutrality, the principle that all web traffic should be treated equally.

Feb 18, 2015

Mobile presses U.S. to change rules for sale of airwaves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – T-Mobile’s chief executive on Wednesday called the recent U.S. auction of airwaves “a disaster” for American consumers as he took aim at rules that allowed Dish Network Corp to partner with companies that may qualify for some $13 billion in discounts.

Satellite provider Dish and biggest U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc won most of the licenses in the record-breaking $45 billion auction of spectrum that ended last month.

Feb 12, 2015

Banker joins FCC pro bono to help with broadcast auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. investment banker has joined the Federal Communications Commission as an unpaid special adviser to help the agency prepare for next year’s auction of broadcast airwaves to wireless carriers, an agency spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Lawrence Chu, who began helping the FCC make financial projections for the auction last year, has left his managing director position at New York investment bank Greenhill & Co.

Feb 5, 2015

For Google, new FCC rules may bring unfamiliar government oversight

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) major business operations could fall under the day-to-day jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for the first time, potentially subjecting the fast-moving Internet company to regulations it has often criticized.

Aiming to set “net neutrality” rules that guide how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks, the FCC will vote Feb. 26 on whether to impose tighter regulations by classifying them more like traditional telephone companies.

Feb 5, 2015

U.S. FCC chief seeks tighter regulation of Internet providers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday proposed to tighten regulations on Internet service providers by treating them more like public utilities, an approach endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, in an op-ed on Wired.com, said he sought the “strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC” that would apply, for the first time, to both wireless and wired Internet services providers.

Feb 4, 2015

U.S. FCC chairman reveals latest net neutrality proposal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday confirmed expectations by proposing new “net neutrality” regulations that would treat Internet service providers more like public utilities, an approach endorsed by President Barack Obama.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, in an op-ed published on Wired.com, said he aims to establish the “strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC” that would apply, for the first time, to both wireless and wired broadband providers.

Feb 2, 2015

Obama seeks $14 billion to boost U.S. cybersecurity defenses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $14 billion (9 billion pounds) for cybersecurity efforts across the U.S. government to better protect federal and private networks from hacking threats.

Federal cybersecurity funding has steadily increased in recent years, reflecting the intensity of threats U.S. companies and government agencies are facing from cyber intruders, both domestic and foreign.

Jan 31, 2015

Dish’s $3 billion wireless auction discount up for U.S. regulator review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators will review a $3 billion discount claimed by Dish Network Corp and partners including investment management company BlackRock Inc during a U.S. government wireless spectrum auction that ended this week.

In a relatively common process for Federal Communications Commission auctions, Dish and partners invested in separate companies with little to no revenue that can receive a 25 percent discount in auction bidding.

Jan 30, 2015

AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Dish spends big

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – AT&T Inc spent
close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of
airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp
spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of
Verizon, results showed on Friday.

AT&T bid a total of $18.2 billion to win licenses of
so-called AWS-3 spectrum. Dish itself did not win any licenses,
but had invested in bidding partners SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC
and Northstar Wireless LLC, which bid a total of $13.3 billion.

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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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