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Mar 29, 2015

Former HP CEO Fiorina puts chances of presidential bid over 90 percent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Carly Fiorina said on Sunday the chances she would run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 were “higher than 90 percent” and that she would announce her plans in late April to early May.

Fiorina, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” said she could not yet announce the bid because she was working to establish her team and put together what she described as “the right support” and financial resources.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. FCC plans contract switch from Neustar to Ericsson unit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to drop Neustar Inc in favor of Ericsson subsidiary Telcordia Technologies as a contractor that helps telephone carriers route calls and text messages.

The exclusive government contract, which expires on June 30, accounts for about half of Neustar’s revenue, and the company’s shares have taken a hit in recent weeks from the expected loss of the contract.

Mar 24, 2015

FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission’s recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges.

Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.

Mar 23, 2015

U.S broadband trade group sues FCC over net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. trade group representing broadband providers on Monday appealed in court the Federal Communications Commission’s recently approved net neutrality rules, marking the first of several anticipated legal challenges.

U.S. Telecom has filed the lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.

Mar 23, 2015

FCC inches toward reforming airwave auction discounts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are moving forward with plans to change the rules for government airwaves auctions to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses, according to an FCC official familiar with the matter.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday circulated a so-called “public notice” to the rest of the commissioners, seeking further comments on specific proposals for how to reform a bidding discount program that has recently come under fire, the official said.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. trade groups seen leading lawsuits against new Internet rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Trade associations
representing large U.S. Internet service providers are expected
to take the lead in suing the Federal Communications Commission
over its new web traffic regulations, according to several
people familiar with the plan.

U.S. telecom and cable firms have said they would challenge
the FCC’s latest “net neutrality” rules in court. But at least
some companies, including Verizon Communications Inc, are
currently not planning to bring individual lawsuits and instead
aim to participate through trade groups, the sources said.

Mar 19, 2015

Trade groups seen leading lawsuits against new Internet rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Trade associations representing large U.S. Internet service providers are expected to take the lead in suing the Federal Communications Commission over its new web traffic regulations, according to several people familiar with the plan.

U.S. telecom and cable firms have said they would challenge the FCC’s latest “net neutrality” rules in court. But at least some companies, including Verizon Communications Inc, are currently not planning to bring individual lawsuits and instead aim to participate through trade groups, the sources said.

Mar 17, 2015

U.S. FCC inspector general reviewing net neutrality process

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission’s inspector general has opened an investigation into how the agency arrived at its new rules for Internet service providers, U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz said at a hearing on Tuesday.

Republicans have accused the FCC, an independent agency, of being unduly influenced by the White House in setting stricter “net neutrality” rules earlier this year. The rules largely followed the tack that President Barack Obama publicly supported in a video released in November, which sought a more drastic change in the regulatory regime for Internet providers than the one previously proposed by the FCC.

Mar 17, 2015

AT&T-DirecTV merger escapes heat as all eyes on Comcast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s proposed acquisition of satellite television company DirecTV is getting a smooth ride from U.S. regulators and industry rivals, who instead are directing their firepower at a merger deal between the nation’s two biggest cable operators.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission filings and interviews with several people familiar with the Justice Department show the $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV deal is getting far less attention than Comcast Corp’s agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45 billion.

Mar 15, 2015

U.S. Senate leader: Obama on verge of ‘very bad deal’ with Iran

WASHINGTON, March 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican
leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that President Barack
Obama was on the verge of making a “very bad deal” on Iran’s
nuclear program and made clear that Congress will weigh in on
any agreement.

“Apparently the administration is on the cusp of entering
into a very bad deal with one of the worst regimes in the world
that would allow them to continue to have their nuclear
infrastructure,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union”
program. “We’re alarmed about it.”

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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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