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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.

Jul 31, 2014

With France’s Iliad, T-Mobile US takeover skips regulatory hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – French telecommunications company Iliad’s (ILD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) surprise bid for U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would face a far easier U.S. review process than the offer long expected from Sprint Corp (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), experts said.

Iliad’s bid, revealed on Thursday, comes as Sprint’s Japanese parent SoftBank Corp (9984.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) had already agreed to broad parameters of a deal, which was unlikely to be announced until September, sources have told Reuters.

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. regulator questions Verizon plan to slow data speeds for some

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecommunications regulator said on Wednesday he is “deeply troubled” by a Verizon Communications Inc announcement that high-speed wireless customers who subscribe to older unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting Oct. 1.

Verizon stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2012 and last week said it will soon begin slowing services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand.

Jul 29, 2014

Internet users often unclear about their data use: U.S. watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumers often incorrectly estimate how much data they consume online and pay Internet providers for more downloading and uploading than they actually do, a U.S. government watchdog said in findings released on Tuesday.

The observations were preliminary from the Government Accountability Office’s review of the practice of usage-based pricing, in which consumers pay Internet service providers (ISPs) for a specific amount of data they agree to consume instead of a flat fee for unlimited data.

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. FCC needs better data on TV stations’ shared deals: watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission may have problems ensuring that its regulations on shared arrangements by TV stations meet the agency’s goals on competition and diversity because “it lacks basic data,” the U.S. government watchdog said on Monday.

The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, at the request of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, spent a year investigating the impact of agreements between TV stations to jointly sell advertising or produce and acquire programing, or to share news or other equipment and resources.

Jul 25, 2014

Cellphone unlocking legislation clears U.S. House, heads to Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to ‘unlock’ their devices and use them on competitors’ wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal.

The legislation cleared the Senate last week and now only requires President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.

Jul 23, 2014

U.S. to Internet providers: We are watching your speed promises

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – U.S. communications
regulators on Wednesday reminded Internet service providers to
promise consumers only the speed and quality of service that
they actually deliver, or face penalties.

In an advisory, the Federal Communications Commission urged
both fixed and wireless Internet service providers (ISPs) to
comply with regulations that say the companies must be clear and
accurate in the information they tell consumers about their
broadband services.

Jul 18, 2014

With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday.

The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10 as it weighs how best to regulate the way Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic crossing their networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in April after a federal court struck down the FCC’s previous version of such rules in January.

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. FCC extends 1st deadline to comment on net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency’s proposed new Internet traffic rules after a surge in traffic overwhelmed its online filing system.

Companies, consumer advocates, lawmakers and citizens had sent nearly 680,000 comments on the FCC’s proposed so-called net neutrality rules — which guide how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic on their networks — as the deadline for first comments approached on Tuesday.

Jul 7, 2014

FCC names heads of Comcast/TWC, AT&T/DirecTV deal reviews

By Alina Selyukh

(Reuters) – AFederal Communications Commission lawyer will lead the agency’s review of the proposed merger of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, while an external lawyer will join to lead the review of AT&T Inc’s bid for DirecTV, the FCC said on Monday.

Hillary Burchuk, a former lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division who joined the FCC in 2011, will head the agency’s working team reviewing the proposed $45.2 billion merger between two largest U.S. cable providers, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The team will also review Comcast’s related deal with Charter Communications Inc.

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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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