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  • U.S. FCC gives AT&T final clearance to buy DirecTV Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 2:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 24- AT&T received the final blessing from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, combining the country's No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV provider. After more than a year of review, the FCC finalized its vote to approve the merger with conditions. "The Commission's decision is...

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- AT&T Inc's proposed $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV has cleared its final regulatory hurdle as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to approve the merger, according to people familiar with the votes. At least three of the five FCC commissioners have voted in favor of the deal with conditions, according to the...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. states tell phone companies: Stop robocalls Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    In a letter to the chief executives of AT&T Inc, CenturyLink Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile USA Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, the attorneys general said a June 18 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission made clear there are no legal barriers to offering the technology. The FCC gave what it called a "green light" for phone companies to offer "do not disturb"...

  • U.S. states tell phone companies: Stop robocalls Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 2:21 PM ET

    In a letter to the chief executives of AT&T Inc, CenturyLink Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile USA Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, the attorneys general said a June 18 ruling by the Federal Communications Commission made clear there are no legal barriers to offering the technology. The FCC gave what it called a "green light" for phone companies to offer "do not disturb"...

  • FCC chairman recommends OK of $48.5B AT&T-DirecTV deal Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement Tuesday that he approved the deal with certain conditions. The company would have 26.4 million cable and satellite TV subscribers in the U.S., topping Comcast as well as a possible new...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday circulated an order to approve, with conditions, AT&T Inc's bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. The FCC reviews proposed mergers to ensure that they are in the public interest while the Justice Department ensures...

  • WASHINGTON, July 21- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday circulated an order to approve AT&T Inc's bid to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The merger, which has been under the FCC's review for months, would combine the country's No. 2 wireless carrier with the largest satellite-TV...

  • WASHINGTON, July 17- T-Mobile US Inc has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a U.S. investigation of two 911 service outages last year that prevented callers from reaching first responders for three hours, the Federal Communications Commission said on Friday.

  • July 16- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is set to reject $3.3 billion worth of discounts requested by partners of Dish Network Corp, SNR Wireless and NorthStar Wireless, in the government's $45 billion airwave auction earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. The FCC officials reviewed $13.3 billion of winning bids by the...

  • June 26- Charter Communications Inc formally argued for regulatory approval for its Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks deals, saying consumers would benefit as Internet services would become cheaper and faster. Charter said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that it would not block or suppress Internet traffic...

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed the agency's first such cap on Thursday, and also dismissed T-Mobile US Inc's request for new limits on how much spectrum dominant carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc can buy in the next auction in 2016.. The FCC is expected to decide in coming days whether Dish abused the small-business discount program by...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants the agency to reject a T-Mobile US Inc request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year. Reuters last month reported the regulators were leaning toward such a decision amid vigorous lobbying...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday proposed changes to the rules for government airwaves auctions to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses. The program rules drew fresh scrutiny earlier this year after two companies affiliated with Dish Network Corp...

  • "You cannot be called unless you consent to be called," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said. Robocalls and robotexts are by far the most common consumer complaints at the FCC, topping 215,000 last year. The FCC reasserted on Thursday that companies need the consent of consumers, but allowed one free pass on calls to numbers reassigned to other users without a company's...

  • FCC votes to give broadband subsidies to the poor Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler speaks at INTX: The Internet & Television Expo in Chicago.

    The Federal Communications Commission advances a proposal that would allow the government to subsidize broadband for low-income Americans.

  • AT&T faces fine for misleading customers Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    AT&T faces fine for misleading customers

    AT&T faces a $100 million fine for allegedly misleading customers about download speeds.

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a $100 million fine for AT&T Inc, accusing the No. 2 wireless carrier of misleading customers who paid for unlimited data plans about possible slowing of download speeds. The FCC, in announcing the largest such fine proposal, said the company inadequately informed customers...

  • WASHINGTON, June 17- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a $100 million fine against AT&T Inc, accusing the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier of misleading unlimited-data customers about possible slowdowns in download speeds. In announcing the decision, which AT&T says it will "vigorously dispute," the FCC said the carrier...

  • It's time to shut down those annoying robocalls Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    Robocalls

    The telecom industry should do more to help protect consumers from unwanted robocalls, says one executive.

  • The ruling marks an early win for the Federal Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader enforcement authority over Internet services providers is being challenged in court by AT&T Inc and cable and wireless industry groups. The new regulations are slated to go into effect on Friday as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...