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Jul 21, 2015

FCC chair proposes approval of AT&T-DirecTV merger -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday circulated an order to approve, with conditions, AT&T Inc’s bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The merger, which has been under the FCC’s review for months, would combine the country’s No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider.

Jul 17, 2015

Mobile to pay $17.5 mln to settle U.S. 911 outage investigation

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc
will pay $17.5 million to settle a U.S. investigation of two 911
service outages last year, marking the largest such fine by the
Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Friday said it found that better safeguards in
T-Mobile’s 911 network architecture would have prevented the
outages, which together lasted for about three hours on Aug. 8
and affected almost all of the wireless carriers’ 50 million
customers nationwide.

Jul 16, 2015

FCC to cap small-business discounts for airwave auctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to begin capping the amount of discounts available to small businesses that bid in government auctions of airwaves for use in mobile broadband.

The move aims to close loopholes that may allow dominant companies to profit from the discount program which is aimed at smaller competitors.

Jun 30, 2015

U.S. approval of AT&T-DirecTV deal expected as soon as next week -sources

WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed
$48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is expected to get
U.S. regulatory approval as soon as next week, according to
people familiar with the matter, a decision that will combine
the country’s No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest
satellite-TV provider.

The Department of Justice, which assesses whether deals
violate antitrust law, has completed its review of the merger
and is waiting on the Federal Communications Commission to wrap
up its own, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Jun 25, 2015

U.S. FCC may cap small-business discount in airwaves auctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission is considering capping bidding discounts that small businesses can receive in U.S. auctions of airwaves, after Dish Network Corp partners sought $3 billion in discounts under current rules.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed the agency’s first such cap on Thursday, and also dismissed T-Mobile US Inc’s request for new limits on how much spectrum dominant carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc can buy in the next auction in 2016.

Jun 18, 2015

FCC moves to curb robocalls, subsidize Internet access

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to make it harder for telemarketers and other businesses to place unwanted robocalls and to expand a government telephone subsidy program for low-income Americans to cover Internet access.

The FCC’s Democratic majority voted 3-2 to change autodialing rules and give telephone companies legal cover to offer consumers new technologies to block robocalls.

Jun 17, 2015

AT&T faces potential $100 million U.S. fine over ‘throttling’ disclosures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a $100 million fine for AT&T Inc, accusing the No. 2 wireless carrier of misleading customers who paid for unlimited data plans about possible slowing of download speeds.

The FCC, in announcing the largest such fine proposal, said the company inadequately informed customers about notable reduction in speeds they may experience if they exceed a particular amount of data in a billing cycle, a practice known as “throttling.”

Jun 12, 2015

FCC has briefed two-thirds of eligible TV stations on 2016 auction: FCC official

WASHINGTON (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. 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.

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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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