WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to eliminate a decades-old rule that has prohibited pay-TV providers from airing some home sports games, such as NFL football, if tickets to those games did not sell out.
In a bipartisan 5-0 vote, the FCC did away with a 1975 sports blackout rule that has been backed by the broadcasters and the National Football League but in recent years has faced mounting criticism that it was outdated.
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications
Commission chairman Tom Wheeler urged consumer advocates and
wireless industry representatives on Tuesday to address how
wireless carriers might be allowed to “reasonably manage” their
The issue is at the heart of a debate over whether the FCC
should undo exemptions applied to mobile carriers as it rewrites
Internet traffic regulations, after an appeals court rejected
its 2010 rules in January.
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission has received a record 3 million
comments from consumers, advocates, companies and lawmakers on
proposed new Internet traffic, or “net neutrality,” rules as the
deadline to formally weigh in approached on Monday.
The comments, whose flow has tested and at times overwhelmed
the FCC’s systems, continued to be received as the deadline for
submissions to the official record approached at the end of the
day, said FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Monday will formally stop accepting public comments on proposed new Internet traffic, or “net neutrality,” rules but will continue reaching out to Americans as they review the controversial regulations.
Monday is the deadline for submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission on so-called Open Internet rules that regulate how Internet service providers (ISPs) manage traffic on their networks.
TORONTO/LAS VEGAS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – BlackBerry
has acquired a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose
software allows users to have multiple phone numbers on the same
device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday.
The purchase of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its
portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of
corporate and government clients. Terms of the transaction were
TORONTO/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients.
Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number.
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Tuesday warned that next year’s auction of valuable radio airwaves could be at risk if wireless carriers don’t show broadcasters they plan to commit significant money.
The Federal Communications Commission is planning a so-called incentive auction for mid-2015, the first opportunity for wireless carriers to buy highly coveted low-frequency spectrum, which hinges on TV stations first giving up those airwaves.
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Regulating internet providers more like public utility companies could hurt the Internet and the U.S. economy, more than two dozen network technology and equipment makers have told U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
Thirty-three companies including Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corp and International Business Machines Corp joined the chorus of citizens, activists, lawmakers and companies debating how the U.S. government should regulate Internet service providers (ISPs).
Sept 8 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc on Monday said Spain’s
Telefonica SA will license its home security technology
for limited trials in Europe as the U.S. carrier hopes it has
found a new way to profit from its nascent connected-home
Telefonica will offer European customers a version of
Digital Life, AT&T’s home monitoring and automation system, for
three to six months before evaluating results of the trial, said
Steven Bartholomew, a Telefonica spokesman.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This year’s top U.S. wireless convention descends on Las Vegas on Monday and will no doubt be abuzz with massive telecom mergers and major policy undertakings of the industry’s new top regulator.
But the less glamorous, though no less monumental, subject of spectrum, or radio airwaves, will serve as a backdrop to every conversation at the “Super Mobility Week” trade show thrown by the wireless industry association CTIA.