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Mar 21, 2011

AT&T/T-Mobile expected to survive regulatory review

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T’s planned buy of Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA will face major demands from U.S. regulators, including extensive asset sales and promises to serve rural areas, but the $39 billion deal is expected to ultimately get a government nod.

The proposed deal, announced on Sunday, would create a new leader that will control roughly 43 percent of the U.S. wireless market.

Mar 8, 2011

Analysis: Broadcasters stay strong in retransmission spat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Broadcast television still looks to be the winner after pay-TV outlets took their complaints about fees to carry broadcasters’ free-to-air content to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Last week’s FCC proposals make some inroads to help consumers when these disputes threaten to cause blackouts of major sporting events and popular programs.

Mar 3, 2011

US seeks to protect consumers from broadcast spats

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators proposed
rules on Thursday to protect consumers from service disruptions
when talks stall over fees cable and satellite providers must
pay for broadcast content.

The Federal Communications Commission will seek comment on
changes to its rules on retransmission consent, the
negotiations over how much TV distributors should pay for the
right to carry the free-to-air signals of ABC, CBS, Fox and
NBC.

Mar 1, 2011

US official urges firms to solve broadcast fights

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – Broadcasters and cable
companies should not wait for the U.S. government to intervene
in spats over fees for broadcast content, a communications
regulator said on Tuesday.

“Please go forward and continue to negotiate and continue
to reach deals. Don’t rely on government to reach that deal for
you,” Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell
said at the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) State
Leadership Conference.

Feb 8, 2011

FCC proposes moving phone subsidy focus to Internet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators proposed new rules on Tuesday that they say will help bring broadband to all of rural America.

The rules would shift government subsidies for landline telephone service to fund the buildout of high-speed Internet services in rural areas.

Feb 7, 2011

US FCC looks to revamp rural phone service subsidy

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications
regulator outlined a plan on Monday to shift government
subsidies for landline telephone service to fund high-speed
Internet in rural America.

Some 24 million Americans live in areas not served by
broadband service, but a modernized, streamlined universal
service program could begin to bridge these gaps in
infrastructure, said Federal Communications Commission Chairman
Julius Genachowski.

Jan 28, 2011

FCC seeks to dismiss challenges to Internet rules

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The Federal
Communications Commission filed on Friday to dismiss challenges
to its new Internet traffic rules, an agency official said.

A senior FCC official said the agency filed several motions
with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit asking the court to dismiss as premature challenges
from Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and MetroPCS
Communications Inc (PCS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Jan 27, 2011

White House eyes spectrum for public safety

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will support legislation ensuring a block of airwaves are used for public safety rather than going to commercial wireless providers, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

Allocating the so-called D Block of spectrum to public safety groups would provide an extra 10 megahertz of airwaves to build out a nationwide mobile broadband network for emergency services.

Jan 26, 2011

Court venue may be key to U.S. Internet rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. telecommunications regulator faces an uphill battle as its oversight of the Internet is challenged in court, but a change in venue could make all the difference.

Verizon Communications and MetroPCS Communications lodged their complaints with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, thought by industry analysts and attorneys to be least likely to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s new Internet traffic rules.

Jan 26, 2011

Analysis: Court venue may be key to Internet rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. telecommunications regulator faces an uphill battle as its oversight of the Internet is challenged in court, but a change in venue could make all the difference.

Verizon Communications (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and MetroPCS Communications (PCS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) lodged their complaints with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, thought by industry analysts and attorneys to be least likely to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s new Internet traffic rules.

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      "After graduating from Howard University, Jasmin joined Reuters as an intern in the summer of 2008. She was hired after that summer as a news assistant in the Washington, DC bureau, covering energy, agriculture, commodities and economic indicators. She now reports on the FCC, telecom issues, the technology industry's influence in Washington and other policy stories. Follow her on Twitter @jasminmelvin"
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