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Dec 11, 2014

U.S. FCC raises schools’ Internet subsidy amid net neutrality protests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators on Thursday held the year’s last public meeting, where they voted to increase the largest U.S. education technology subsidy and protesters interrupted with calls for stricter regulations for Internet service providers.

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to raise funding for the E-Rate program, which helps connect schools and public libraries to high-speed Internet by $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion.

Dec 3, 2014

FCC restarts clock on Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV mergers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday restarted its informal 180-day countdown to review the proposed mergers between Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, and AT&T Inc and DirecTV.

The FCC’s self-imposed, non-binding “shot clock” will restart at Day 70 for the AT&T-DirecTV merger and Day 85 for the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, the agency said.

Nov 15, 2014

Deal to spur better 911 call locating for U.S. cellphone users

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the U.S. wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls over the next six years.

Historically, satellite and other technologies have helped emergency responders find people who called from outdoors, while landlines commonly automatically provided dispatchers with an address. Cellphone calls from indoors, however, have been tougher to locate because walls weaken signals.

Nov 12, 2014

U.S. airwaves auction to settle mystery over Dish valuation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is the billion-dollar question in the U.S. telecom industry: What will satellite TV mogul Charlie Ergen do with his Dish Network Corp?

Although it has long been a focus of M&A speculation, one hurdle has remained constant: the uncertain value of Dish’s spectrum holdings. And the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of airwaves that begins on Thursday may provide an answer.

Nov 12, 2014

Exclusive: FCC to start auction roadshow, TV station visits in January

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff will hit the road in January for town halls and private meetings with TV station owners and investors to drum up interest in a major upcoming airwaves auction, according to a commission official familiar with the plan.

The FCC plans to travel to large, medium and small markets, making presentations to the broadcast community about the “incentive” auction of airwaves scheduled for mid-2016, which is expected to be the FCC’s largest and most complex.

Nov 12, 2014

U.S. telecoms to battle Obama Internet plan in courts, Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. telecommunications industry plans to fight tooth and nail against President Barack Obama’s call for stricter regulations on Internet service providers, taking its case to regulators, courts and Congress.

Obama on Monday stunned the telecom community by urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify ISPs so they could be regulated more like public utilities as a way to preserve “net neutrality.”

Nov 10, 2014

Obama pressures FCC for strong net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pressured the federal communications regulator to toughen its planned Internet traffic rules, saying higher-fee “fast lanes” should be banned and Internet providers should be overseen more like public utilities are.

Obama’s detailed position on the issue of “net neutrality,” a platform in his presidential campaign in 2008, represented a rare step by the White House into the policy-setting of an independent agency.

Nov 6, 2014

Factbox: Tech industry drawing up wish lists for new U.S. Congress

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – A Republican majority in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives presents opportunities and challenges for technology-related legislation in Congress.

Big industry groups are drawing up wish lists and honing strategy. The following are some of the developments technology and telecommunications lobbyists are watching in the next Congress:

Oct 30, 2014

Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet ‘fast lanes’

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Comcast Corp and
AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet “fast lanes”
that may hurt consumers’ freedom to roam the Web, the leading
U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee chairman in recent letters.

Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet
service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would
not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which
content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast
delivery of their traffic.

Oct 30, 2014

Comcast to U.S. senator: no plans to create Internet ‘fast lanes’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast Corp has no plans to create “fast lanes” for any Internet websites or applications, the top U.S. cable and broadband provider reassured the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in a recent letter.

Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), asking them to pledge to reject so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic.

    • About Alina

      "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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