WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. consumer watchdog agency on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against wireless carrier Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on customers’ cellphone bill, a practice known as cramming.
In a third cramming-related government enforcement action this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleges that from 2004 to December 2013, Sprint billed its customers tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges while keeping up to 40 percent of the revenue.
WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carrier Sprint
Corp is expected to face a $105 million fine from the
Federal Communications Commission in coming weeks over
unauthorized charges on customers’ cellphone bills, a practice
known as cramming, according to FCC officials.
FCC commissioners are reviewing and will soon vote on the
proposed fine over charges Sprint’s consumers faced for services
they never requested, FCC sources said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators on Thursday held the year’s last public meeting, where they voted to increase the largest U.S. education technology subsidy and protesters interrupted with calls for stricter regulations for Internet service providers.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to raise funding for the E-Rate program, which helps connect schools and public libraries to high-speed Internet by $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday restarted its informal 180-day countdown to review the proposed mergers between Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc, and AT&T Inc and DirecTV.
The FCC’s self-imposed, non-binding “shot clock” will restart at Day 70 for the AT&T-DirecTV merger and Day 85 for the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, the agency said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the U.S. wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls over the next six years.
Historically, satellite and other technologies have helped emergency responders find people who called from outdoors, while landlines commonly automatically provided dispatchers with an address. Cellphone calls from indoors, however, have been tougher to locate because walls weaken signals.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is the billion-dollar question in the U.S. telecom industry: What will satellite TV mogul Charlie Ergen do with his Dish Network Corp?
Although it has long been a focus of M&A speculation, one hurdle has remained constant: the uncertain value of Dish’s spectrum holdings. And the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of airwaves that begins on Thursday may provide an answer.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission staff will hit the road in January for town halls and private meetings with TV station owners and investors to drum up interest in a major upcoming airwaves auction, according to a commission official familiar with the plan.
The FCC plans to travel to large, medium and small markets, making presentations to the broadcast community about the “incentive” auction of airwaves scheduled for mid-2016, which is expected to be the FCC’s largest and most complex.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. telecommunications industry plans to fight tooth and nail against President Barack Obama’s call for stricter regulations on Internet service providers, taking its case to regulators, courts and Congress.
Obama on Monday stunned the telecom community by urging the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify ISPs so they could be regulated more like public utilities as a way to preserve “net neutrality.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday pressured the federal communications regulator to toughen its planned Internet traffic rules, saying higher-fee “fast lanes” should be banned and Internet providers should be overseen more like public utilities are.
Obama’s detailed position on the issue of “net neutrality,” a platform in his presidential campaign in 2008, represented a rare step by the White House into the policy-setting of an independent agency.
(Reuters) – A Republican majority in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives presents opportunities and challenges for technology-related legislation in Congress.
Big industry groups are drawing up wish lists and honing strategy. The following are some of the developments technology and telecommunications lobbyists are watching in the next Congress: