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May 5, 2015

Netflix calls on FCC to reject proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc has urged the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission to reject the pending $48 billion
merger of AT&T Inc and DirecTV as currently
proposed, according to regulatory disclosures posted on Tuesday.

In a recent meeting with more than 20 FCC officials,
representatives of the online video company raised concerns
about the combined company’s gatekeeping power as it would
become the country’s largest pay-TV provider with potentially
expansive broadband reach.

May 4, 2015

U.S. FCC gives Pandora foreign ownership waiver to buy KXMZ FM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Monday moved to
allow Pandora Media Inc to exceed the 25 percent cap on
foreign ownership in a U.S. broadcaster as the Internet radio
company prepares to buy radio station KXMZ FM in South Dakota.

The waiver from the Federal Communications Commission brings
Pandora closer to closing the pending deal, announced in 2013.
The streaming service hopes this will allow it to pay lower
music royalty fees on par with some of its rivals.

May 1, 2015

AT&T, U.S. telecom groups seek to block new Internet rules

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc, CenturyLink
Inc and U.S. telecom and cable industry groups called
for regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service
providers on Friday, citing “crushing” compliance costs and
threats to investment.

In filings with the Federal Communications Commission, the
industry did not ask for a suspension of the principal “net
neutrality” rules that ban Internet providers from blocking and
slowing down web traffic or from striking deals with content
companies for smoother downloads.

May 1, 2015

U.S. telecom groups, AT&T seek to block new Internet rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecom industry groups,
alongside AT&T Inc and CenturyLink Inc, called for
regulators to block parts of new rules for Internet service
providers on Friday, citing “crushing” compliance costs and
threats to investment.

In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the
industry did not ask for a suspension of the principal “net
neutrality” rules that ban Internet providers from blocking and
slowing down web traffic or from striking deals with content
companies for smoother downloads.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. Senate panel probes ‘collusion concern’ in FCC spectrum auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is
investigating what it called a concern about collusion in a
recent Federal Communications Commission auction of airwaves,
the panel’s chairman said on Wednesday.

“The Committee has significant questions about whether
conduct surrounding the bidding strategies employed by DISH
Network and two affiliates adhered to both the letter and intent
of the law,” the panel’s chairman, Senator John Thune, said in
letters to the FCC, Dish and the affiliates requesting documents
on the bidding.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. FCC begins collecting petitions opposed to Dish discounts

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on
Wednesday began allowing critics to formally voice opposition to
awarding $3.3 billion in small-business discounts to partners of
Dish Network Corp that emerged as winning bidders in a
record-setting auction of airwaves.

The move by the Federal Communications Commission means that
agency reviewers have determined that the auction applications
of Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC, the
two companies, are complete and include proper documents.

Apr 29, 2015

U.S. Senator Rand Paul moves to block new ‘net neutrality’ rules

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican
presidential hopeful, on Wednesday introduced a resolution to
block new regulations on Internet service providers, saying they
would “wrap the Internet in red tape.”

The “net neutrality” rules, which are slated to take effect
in June, are backed by the Obama administration and were passed
by the Democratic majority of the Federal Communications
Commission in February. AT&T Inc and wireless and cable
trade associations are challenging them in court.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. FCC staff to be briefed on Comcast-TWC merger review Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission officials studying the proposed merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc are scheduled to brief FCC commissioners’ staff on their review on Wednesday, according to two sources familiar with the plan.

It was not certain whether the briefing would disclose the specific way the FCC reviewers would recommend for the agency to rule on the proposed $45 billion merger but it would unveil the regulators’ latest thinking about the concerns raised by critics of the deal.

Apr 21, 2015

Six U.S. senators call for rejection of Comcast-TWC merger

By Diane Bartz and Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – Six U.S. senators on Tuesday asked the Federal
Communications Commission and Justice Department to reject the
proposed $45 billion merger of the country’s largest cable
providers, Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc
.

The call came from Democratic Senators Al Franken, Edward
Markey, Ron Wyden, Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal,
alongside Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, in letters to FCC
Chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mar 29, 2015

Indiana governor defends religious freedom law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday defended a new state law that opponents worry may support discrimination against gay people, saying he had no plans to add extra protections but would consider new suggestions from state legislators.

Pence, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” sought to counter criticism from protesters who have spilled onto the streets of Indianapolis and others, including some corporations, after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday.

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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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