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Jun 21, 2011

AT&T eyes Q1 2012 approval for T-Mobile merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said its $39 billion plan to buy T-Mobile USA remains on track for approval in the first quarter of 2012.

AT&T General Counsel Wayne Watts told reporters on Tuesday that the regulators’ review of the deal thus far had been thorough, fact-based and “exactly as we expected.”

Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011

Sprint offers AT&T spectrum solution without merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could greatly expand its network capacity for a fraction of the cost it plans to shell out to buy T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday.

Sprint, a vocal opponent of the deal, said it would present the Federal Communications Commission later on Monday with a technical analysis detailing the actions AT&T could take to improve its network without acquiring T-Mobile USA.

Jun 20, 2011
Jun 20, 2011

US regulators to tackle unauthorized phone fees

WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications
regulator said on Monday that he will propose rules to combat
unauthorized fees on consumers’ monthly phone bills.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
Genachowski said he will circulate a proposal to his fellow
commissioners on Tuesday to protect consumers from “cramming,”
the illegal placement of extra charges on phone bills.

Jun 20, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 13, 2011

Bloomberg challenges Comcast’s channel lineup

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) – Bloomberg LP, unhappy with
the placement of its financial news channel in Comcast Corp’s
(CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) cable television lineup, filed a complaint with the
U.S. communications regulator on Monday, accusing the cable
operator of violating a condition of its merger with NBC
Universal.

Comcast, the No. 1 provider of video and residential
Internet service in the United States, acquired a 51 percent
stake in NBC Universal from General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in
January.

Jun 10, 2011

Court affirms rules on cable access to sports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday upheld communications regulators’ decision to bar cable operators from blocking access to some sports programing.

The Federal Communications Commission closed a loophole last year that allowed cable companies to deny access to channels delivered via terrestrial ground lines and not satellite feeds.

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