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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.

Apr 17, 2014

Sprint/T-Mobile merger may prompt U.S. FCC to rewrite auction rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A planned merger of 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 plan.

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.

Apr 17, 2014

Regulator reasserts goal to restrict AT&T, Verizon in auction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. telecommunications regulator in a letter to a lawmaker on Thursday reasserted his commitment to help smaller national wireless carriers get access to valuable lower-frequency airwaves in the upcoming spectrum auction.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reaffirmed his plans to restrict how much spectrum the biggest U.S. carriers, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc, could buy in the auction scheduled for mid-2015.

Apr 17, 2014

U.S. regulator reasserts goal to restrict AT&T, Verizon in auction

WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) – The top U.S.
telecommunications regulator in a letter to a lawmaker on
Thursday reasserted his commitment to help smaller national
wireless carriers get access to valuable lower-frequency
airwaves in the upcoming spectrum auction.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler
reaffirmed his plans to restrict how much spectrum the biggest
U.S. carriers, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc
, could buy in the auction scheduled for mid-2015.

Apr 16, 2014

AT&T may sit out auction if FCC spectrum plan is adopted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) might sit out a major U.S. auction of airwaves if regulators adopt rules that reserve some of the spectrum for smaller rivals, the No. 2 wireless company said in a filing released on Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission recently drafted some of the rules for the highly complex auction scheduled for 2015. The auction would reshuffle the ownership of valuable frequencies between TV stations and wireless carriers clamoring for faster speeds and better services for their devices.

Apr 10, 2014

U.S. brings first criminal fraud charges in phone subsidy program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three men have been indicted on charges that they bilked $32 million from a federal program that subsidizes cell phones for poor Americans, the first such criminal fraud prosecution in the Lifeline program, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

Thomas Biddix, of Melbourne, Florida; Kevin Brian Cox, of Arlington, Tennessee; and Leonard Solt, of Land O’Lakes, Florida face charges of defrauding Lifeline, the program that provides discounted or free telephone services for low-income people.

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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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