WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. market for broadband Internet connections is not competitive enough because many providers do not offer the speedy connections that consumers increasingly demand, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Thursday.
Though most U.S. consumers have multiple options when it comes to picking a company to wire their homes for basic Internet, the choice is markedly limited if a consumer is looking for truly high-speed Internet, according to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Three American citizens
detained in North Korea appealed on Monday to the U.S government
for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews set up by
the North Korean government.
The three men, one serving a 15-year sentence and two
awaiting trial in the isolated country, spoke to a visiting CNN
reporting crew in tightly controlled circumstances. One of them
said his health was failing and another described his situation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With plans for a T-Mobile US Inc merger in tatters, Sprint Corp is expanding a roaming program with rural cellphone companies that could provide a much-needed way for the debt-laden wireless carrier to cheaply increase its footprint.
In March, Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son struck a roaming deal with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), which represents many U.S. rural and regional carriers, to use each other’s networks for roaming at a mutually attractive price.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will pay $1.1 million to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation that last year found the cable and Internet provider did not properly report multiple network outages, the regulators said this week.
“TWC (Time Warner Cable) failed to file a substantial number of reports with respect to a series of reportable wireline and Voice over Internet Protocol network outages,” the FCC said in a report revealing the settlement released on Monday. “TWC admits that its failure to timely file the required network outage reports violated the Commission’s rules.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cox Communications Inc [COXC.UL] is not interested in merging with wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc or rival cable providers, Cox President Pat Esser said on Tuesday, dispelling rumors recently swirling about the private company.
“We’re not in any discussions to buy T-Mobile,” Esser told Reuters. “I don’t see a movement inside of our company that we feel like we have to pony up or match up with a wireless company.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.