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May 13, 2014

FCC vote on ‘net neutrality’ will kick off long battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. efforts to set new Internet traffic rules face a lengthy tug of war between big broadband providers and Republicans on one side and some tech companies and consumer advocates on the other as regulators prepare to propose the rules formally on Thursday.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has expanded the issues and questions raised in his “open Internet” proposal to sway his two Democratic colleagues on the five-member panel, though some consumer advocates remain unhappy.

May 8, 2014

U.S. ‘net neutrality’ plan faces heat from venture capitalists

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Pressure built on the U.S.
Federal Communications Commission chairman on Thursday to delay
or abandon a plan to relax Internet traffic rules, with more
than 50 high-profile venture capitalists and another FCC member
the latest to pile on.

Prominent investors including Ron Conway of SV Angel, Chris
Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz, John Lilly of Greylock Partners,
Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group, and dozens of other VCs wrote
a joint letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, himself a former
private equity investor, sharing their concerns about the
proposed new “open Internet” rules.

May 8, 2014

House panel votes to delay U.S. ceding oversight of Internet addresses

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. Congressional panel on
Thursday advanced a bill opposed by the Obama administration
that would delay a plan to cede U.S. oversight of the nonprofit
group that manages the Internet’s infrastructure.

The United States in March said it planned to relinquish
oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN), which controls the “address book” of the
Internet, the master database of top-level domain names such as
.com and .net.

May 8, 2014

Tech companies urge U.S. FCC to scrap ‘net neutrality’ plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 100 technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage Web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and the agency’s four commissioners, warning of a “grave threat to the Internet,” came as one FCC commissioner called for a delay of a vote on the plan scheduled for May 15.

May 7, 2014

Tech firms write to U.S. FCC to oppose ‘net neutrality’ plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and the agency’s four commissioners, warning of a “grave threat to the Internet,” came amid calls for a delay in a vote on the plan scheduled for May 15.

May 7, 2014

Technology firms write to U.S. FCC to oppose ‘net neutrality’ plan

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Over 100 leading technology
companies including Google Inc, Facebook Inc,
Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc have written to
U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new “net neutrality” plan
that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

The letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom
Wheeler and the agency’s four commissioners, warning of a “grave
threat to the Internet,” came amid calls for a delay in a vote
on the plan scheduled for May 15.

Apr 24, 2014

FCC pushes back against criticism over Internet traffic plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over its plan to allow “fast lanes” for some content on the Internet, insisting that the agency will monitor and punish broadband providers that treat Web traffic “unreasonably.”

The Federal Communications Commission is weighing rules that would ban Internet providers from blocking access to websites or applications, but would allow content companies to pay for faster Internet speeds delivering their traffic as long as such deals are deemed “commercially reasonable.”

Apr 24, 2014

U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called “net neutrality” rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers’ access to legal Internet content.

The rules from the Federal Communications Commission, which released its framework in February, are expected to ensure network operators disclose how they manage Internet traffic and do not block any content on the Web.

Apr 23, 2014

US FCC to circulate new proposed net neutrality rules Thursday

April 23 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday will begin
to review the specifics of a new set of so-called “net
neutrality” rules aimed at making certain that broadband
providers do not slow down or block consumers’ access to legal
Internet content or applications.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on
Wednesday said he plans to circulate his new proposal for the
rules, expected to ensure that network operators disclose
exactly how they manage Internet traffic and do not restrict
consumers as they surf the Web.

Apr 17, 2014

Potential Sprint/T-Mobile deal may prompt U.S. auction rethink

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – A possible merger between
Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc could prompt U.S.
regulators to rewrite rules they are now weighing for a 2015
auction of airwaves, according to sources familiar with the
proposed regulations.

Sprint’s parent company has been exploring a possible tie-up
with T-Mobile, although no proposal has been announced. Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed
restrictions on how much the biggest carriers, Verizon
Communications Inc and AT&T Inc, could bid in the
major auction of television spectrum scheduled for mid-2015.

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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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