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  • The FCC voted 3-2 to approve an order that will bar some existing contract requirements by special access providers for businesses using high-capacity data and voice connections and to advance a proposed regulation reforming the market that would create a "new technology-neutral framework" that would extend regulations in non-competitive markets.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- The Obama administration on Friday weighed in on the debate over allowing consumers to switch from pricey cable television boxes to less expensive devices, urging regulators to set an example for the rest of government on how to boost competition. The Federal Communications Commission in February proposed a rule to open competition in...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- Renata Hesse, who has been in the midst of enforcing antitrust law during a surge of aggressive corporate dealmaking, has been named to head the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, U.S. Hesse, who has previously served as acting assistant attorney general for antitrust, also did a stint at the Federal Communications Commission, where...

  • "You could have a set a standards such that anyone could connect any box to their cable and those boxes could compete for lower prices and greater innovation," Jason Furman, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers told reporters in a teleconference. The Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency, in February proposed a rule opening...

  • WASHINGTON, April 8- The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is proposing to reform the estimated $25 billion a year market for high-capacity data and voice connections, known as special access lines, to businesses. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on Friday said he was proposing a new "regulatory framework" barring some contractual practices by...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- Video provider Netflix did not violate any U.S. regulations when it "throttled" the picture quality for AT&T and Verizon wireless customers and the FCC has no plans to investigate, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday. Wheeler said Netflix's conduct was "outside" the FCC's net neutrality rules adopted last year, because the FCC is not...

  • FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said Netflix's conduct is "outside" the FCC's net neutrality rules adopted last year, because the FCC is not regulating "edge providers" or websites.

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a proposal to expand a telephone subsidy for low-income Americans to include Internet access, after a deal to cap the cost of the plan collapsed. The commission voted 3-2 to approve a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, unveiled earlier this month, to expand the $9.25 monthly...

  • March 31- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may approve a $2 billion a year budget cap as part of an expansion of a subsidy for low-income Americans for phone and Internet services though last minute discussions could derail the deal, two sources briefed on the talks said. At least three of the five commissioners had agreed to the deal early on Thursday,...

  • March 31- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a $2 billion a year budget cap as part of an expansion of a subsidy for low-income Americans for phone and internet services, two sources briefed on the talks said. The FCC delayed the start of its meeting by 90 minutes as talks continued over a proposal unveiled earlier this month to...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, March 29- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday kicked off an auction of low-frequency spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters to wireless companies and other bidders that are seeking new airwaves to build and improve wireless networks. The so-called "broadcast incentive" auction is considered one of the...

  • March 23- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is not expected to make a decision this week on Charter Communications Inc's planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc, sources briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Kim Hart, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment. Should the deal team at the FCC and the companies reach an agreement on conditions for...

  • Kim Hart, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment. The Wall Street Journal had reported last week that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is likely to circulate a draft order approving the deal, citing people familiar with the matter. An informal 180- day FCC "shot clock" is set to expire on Friday, but the agency says on its website that ensuring any deal is in the public...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK March 18- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that it had received 104 applications to take part in an auction of valuable low-frequency airwaves relinquished by TV broadcasters, including many wireless companies who want to use the airwaves to build new networks or improve existing coverage.

  • Since last year, the FCC has been considering revamping the $1.5 billion annual program, called Lifeline, which has helped lower income Americans get access to telecommunications technologies since 1985.. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he wants to give those receiving the subsidy a choice of using it for phone services, high-speed Internet, or both.

  • The stay does affect interim rates set by the FCC in 2013.. Prison phone companies had sued the FCC, asking the court to overturn the rate cut. "While we regret that relief from high inmate calling rates will be delayed for struggling families and their 2.7 million children trying to stay in touch with a loved one, we are gratified that costly and burdensome...

  • Feb 25- Five Democratic U.S. senators, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, told the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that they had "significant concerns" about Charter Communications Inc's planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks. The senators, who also included Elizabeth...

  • *Quarter impacted by FCC auction expense of $516 mln. The No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider said full-year net income attributable to the company tumbled 21 percent from a year earlier to $747.1 million, or $1.61 per share. Dish said it incurred a $516 million expense related to a U. S Federal Communications Commission auction of wireless airwaves.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- The Federal Communications Commission approved on Thursday a proposal to let consumers swap pricey cable boxes for cheaper devices and apps, to boost competition in the $20 billion television set-top box market. The proposal passed in a 3-2 vote, with commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly dissenting. The FCC has said opening the...

  • *Quarter impacted by " FCC auction expense" of $516 mln. The No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider said full-year net income attributable to the company tumbled 21 percent from a year earlier to $747.1 million, or $1.61 per share. The company and its affiliates surrendered airwave licenses worth $3.3 billion to the U. S Federal Communications Commission in October, after...