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Jan 30, 2015

AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Verizon, Dish spend big

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research) spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and bidding partners of Dish Network Corp (DISH.O: Quote, Profile, Research) also spending heavily, results showed on Friday.

AT&T bid a total of $18.2 billion to win licenses of so-called AWS-3 spectrum; Verizon bid $10.4 billion and T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) bid $1.8 billion, according to the results released by the Federal Communications Commission.

Jan 29, 2015

FCC spectrum auction ends, raises record $44.9 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission raised a record-breaking $44.9 billion in the auction of so-called AWS-3 airwaves that closed on Thursday, far surpassing the expectations of experts and industry analysts.

Regulators will disclose the winners of the auctioned spectrum licenses in the coming days. Major bidders included wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and T-Mobile US Inc as well as satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp.

Jan 29, 2015

Need for speed: US regulators raise bar for broadband Internet

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday
raised the standard for high-speed Internet, voting that only
connections with download speeds of 25 megabits per second or
faster will qualify as broadband, meaning fewer parts of the
United States have broadband access.

The change in the Federal Communications Commission’s
definition of broadband, previously a download speed of at least
4 megabits per second (Mbps), means nearly a fifth of Americans
and more than half of those living in rural areas lack access to
high-speed Internet.

Jan 29, 2015

U.S. net neutrality rules expected to cover interconnection deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. “net neutrality” rules are expected to regulate for the first time deals in which content companies such as Netflix Inc pay broadband providers to connect with their networks for smooth downloads, according to people familiar with the plan.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler next week will reveal the latest draft of new rules that would guide how Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast Corp manage traffic on their networks, aiming to ensure all web content is treated equally.

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Republicans face uphill battle on net neutrality bill

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats on the Senate
and House commerce committees on Wednesday signaled no interest
in rushing to adopt “net neutrality” legislation before the
Federal Communications Commission sets new Internet traffic
rules next month.

In back-to-back hearings, Republican lawmakers quizzed
representatives of the wireless and cable industries as well as
some Internet retailers about potential legislation that would
set rules for Web providers.

Jan 17, 2015

Republicans’ bill aims to head off Obama Internet plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional Republicans on Friday proposed legislation that would set “net neutrality” rules for broadband providers, aiming to head off tougher regulations backed by the Obama administration.

Lawmakers hope to counter the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on Feb. 26 for rules that are expected to follow the legal path endorsed by President Barack Obama, which Internet service providers (ISPs) and Republicans say would unnecessarily burden the industry with regulation.

Jan 16, 2015

Sprint says Obama net neutrality plan wouldn’t curb investments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sprint Corp will keep investing in its networks even if U.S. regulators adopt stricter “net neutrality” rules as long as they are applied with a “light touch,” the company said in a letter to the FCC released on Friday.

Sprint’s position appears in contrast with other cable and phone companies who have staunchly rejected the possibility that the FCC regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) more strictly under a section of communications law known as Title II, which would treat them more like public utilities.

Jan 16, 2015

Exclusive – White House says net neutrality legislation not needed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said legislation was not necessary to settle so-called “net neutrality” rules because the Federal Communications Commission had the authority to write them.

Republicans in Congress are trying to drum up support for a bill that would counter the FCC’s upcoming new rules. The Obama administration’s comments, while not entirely rebuffing the legislative effort, could make some Democrats wary of joining it.

Jan 15, 2015

U.S. report finds no substitute to gathering bulk intel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No existing technology can fully replace collecting data in bulk to obtain electronic intelligence, but some methods could be developed to improve how information is gathered and used, the U.S. National Research Council said in a report on Thursday.

The report, sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, was in response to President Barack Obama’s call last year for a review of potential software-based alternatives to the controversial program.

Jan 14, 2015

U.S. lawmakers to begin net neutrality bill discussion this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers plan to start drafting legislation this week aimed at keeping the Internet open without tighter “net neutrality” rules backed by the Obama administration, Republican leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees said in an op-ed column on Reuters.com.

Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton said they have come up with a working proposal and, working with lawmakers from both parties, planned to begin the process of publicly discussing and formally drafting legislation this week.

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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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