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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.