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Sep 5, 2014

Sprint expands rural roaming program, adding 15 new carriers

WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Sprint Corp said on
Friday it was adding 15 new rural and regional wireless
providers to its U.S. roaming program, a move bolstering the
company’s efforts to cheaply expand its footprint as it fights
to stay competitive as a national carrier.

The program allows Sprint and its smaller partners to use
each other’s networks for roaming at a mutually attractive
price. A total of 27 carriers, covering 565,000 square miles and
a population area of more than 38 million people, have now
entered into roaming agreements with Sprint.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. FCC chief: Internet speed critical in broadband competition

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.

Sep 1, 2014

Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help, in interviews with CNN

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
as “urgent.”

Aug 29, 2014

Sprint grabs lifeline with rural U.S. roaming deals

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.

Aug 26, 2014

Time Warner Cable to pay $1.1 million to settle outage reporting violation

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.”

Aug 19, 2014

Cox not interested in T-Mobile or going public: president

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.”

Aug 8, 2014

After Verizon, U.S. FCC quizzing other carriers on data management

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.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. FCC asks if broadband should mean faster Internet speeds

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.

Aug 5, 2014

U.S. FCC asks whether broadband should mean faster Internet speeds

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.

Aug 4, 2014

Verizon defends slowdown of unlimited customers’ data to FCC

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
management.

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.

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