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Dec 8, 2010

Conditions needed on Comcast-NBCU deal: Rep. Waxman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cable subscribers face higher costs, degraded service and fewer choices if U.S. regulators do not impose conditions on Comcast Corp’s bid to take control of NBC Universal, a key Democrat said on Tuesday in a letter to the top telecom regulator.

Regulators from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission are reviewing the proposed merger that would create a $30 billion combined broadcast, cable, movie studio and theme parks business.

Dec 7, 2010

Google nips Microsoft as government agencies move to the cloud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Inc has won a share of a federal government contract that the company hopes will give it a boost over Microsoft Corp as they race to convert government agencies to cloud computing.

The U.S. General Services Administration awarded a five-year, $6.7 million contract last week to Unisys Corp, with Google as a subcontractor — a relatively small dollar amount but an important initial foothold.

Dec 7, 2010

Google nips Microsoft as government moves to the cloud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Inc won a share of a federal government contract last week that the company hopes will give it a boost over rival Microsoft Corp as they race to convert government agencies to cloud computing.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a five-year, $6.7 million (4.2 million pounds) contract to Unisys Corp and its subcontractor Google — a relatively small dollar amount but an important initial foothold.

Dec 7, 2010

Google nips Microsoft as gov’t moves to the cloud

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Inc (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) won a federal government contract last week that the company hopes will give it a boost over rival Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as they race to convert government agencies to cloud computing.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a five-year, $6.7 million contract to Google and Unisys Corp (UIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) — a relatively small dollar amount but an important initial foothold.

Dec 1, 2010

U.S. regulator backs some rationing of Internet traffic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet service providers would be allowed to ration web traffic on their networks under a strategy unveiled by the top U.S. communications regulator that no longer focuses solely on open access.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed banning the blocking of lawful traffic but

Dec 1, 2010

FCC chief backs some rationing of Internet traffic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Internet service providers would be allowed to ration web traffic on their networks under a strategy unveiled by the top U.S. communications regulator that no longer focuses solely on open access.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed banning the blocking of lawful traffic but

Dec 1, 2010

FCC to take up net neutrality at December meeting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecommunications regulators plan to tackle contentious Internet traffic rules intended to prohibit broadband providers from blocking or slowing some traffic.

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday a tentative agenda for its next meeting on December 21,that included an order to adopt regulations “to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition and free expression.”

Dec 1, 2010

FCC proposes wireless use of broadcast airwaves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek public comment on proposals that include the use of some broadcast television airwaves for wireless devices.

Nov 30, 2010

US proposes broadcast airwaves for wireless use

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – U.S. telecommunications
regulators proposed on Tuesday freeing up more airwaves for
wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld
devices.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to
seek public comment on the proposals that include the use of
some broadcast television airwaves for wireless devices.

Nov 30, 2010

FCC mulls broadcast airwaves for wireless use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. telecommunications regulators will vote on proposals to free up more airwaves for commercial wireless use on Tuesday in a meeting that could be overshadowed if plans to act on contentious Internet traffic rules are circulated.

The Federal Communications Commission postponed its December meeting by a week to December 21, in a move industry insiders said gave the agency more time to consider whether they would take on net neutrality — also known as open Internet principles.

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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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