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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 23- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that AT&T Inc has agreed to pay a $450,000 fine for unauthorized operations of fixed wireless stations and will not engage in repeat behavior, resolving a lengthy government investigation. Over a four-year-period, AT&T operated many point-to-point microwave stations...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said he might change his proposal to allow tens of millions of U.S. pay TV subscribers to ditch costly set-top boxes and access video programming online. At a Senate hearing on Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended his revised proposal, which is scheduled for a final vote on Sept. 29.

  • Sept 8- The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unveiled revised proposed rules to allow tens of millions of Americans to drop costly rented pay-TV set-top boxes for programming and get service through app-based software. The plan, first proposed in January and updated on Thursday, is aimed at ending the cable industry's long...

  • The FCC has said Americans spend $20 billion a year to lease pay-TV boxes, or an average of $231 annually. Set-top box rental fees have jumped 185 percent since 1994, while the cost of TVs, computers and mobile phones has dropped 90 percent, the FCC has estimated. The plan is also expected to create a licensing body to oversee the pay-TV apps, according to industry...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 29- A federal appeals court in California on Monday dismissed a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the...

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

    The Federal Communications Commission voted to retain nearly all rules limiting cross-ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 10- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted to retain nearly all rules limiting cross-ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market, a source familiar with the vote said. The decision is a blow to struggling newspaper companies that have long pushed for the FCC to relax the restrictions.

  • In June, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed retaining the existing rules barring companies in most instances from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV or radio station in the same market, as well as other individual market limits on radio and TV stations with "slight modification," according to the summary of the proposal.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 10- A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion, a decision seen as a win for private-sector providers of broadband internet and a setback for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The FCC voted 3-2 in 2015 to issue an order seeking to...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 10- A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion. Cities in Tennessee and North Carolina had sought to expand municipal broadband networks beyond current boundaries, but faced laws forbidding or placing onerous...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that 62 bidders have made upfront payments in a forthcoming wireless spectrum auction including AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Dish Network, T-Mobile US and Comcast Corp. Last month, the FCC said the price of 126 MHz of television airwaves taken from broadcasters to be sold for...

  • The FCC approved opening nearly 11 gigahertz of high-frequency spectrum for mobile, flexible and fixed-use wireless broadband. The FCC said the new rules "will provide vital clarity for business investment in this area." Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc have said they will begin deploying 5 G trials in 2017, and the first commercial deployments at...

  • But analysts said wireless providers may not be willing to pay the staggering amount for the airwaves to expand their networks, which could prompt the FCC to hold another round of auctions. The FCC disclosed the price in a statement after completing the first part of an auction to repurpose low-frequency wireless spectrum relinquished by television...

  • But analysts said wireless providers may not be willing to pay the staggering amount for the airwaves to expand their networks, which could prompt the FCC to hold another round of auction. The FCC disclosed the price in a statement as it completed the first part of an auction to repurpose low-frequency wireless spectrum relinquished by television...

  • FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed retaining the existing rules barring companies in most instances from owning a newspaper and a broadcast TV or radio station in the same market, as well as other individual market limits on radio and TV stations with "slight modification," according to the summary of a proposal to fellow commissioners seen by Reuters.

  • WASHINGTON, June 27- The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday proposed retaining most rules limiting cross ownership of newspapers, radio and TV stations in the same market, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed retaining the existing rules barring companies in most instances from owning a...

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said if the FCC "approves my proposal next month, the United States will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5 G networks and applications." He said the FCC also will seek comments on opening other high-frequency spectrum bands. The FCC will make spectrum available and rely on a process led by the private...

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said if the FCC "approves my proposal next month, the United States will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5 G networks and applications." He said the FCC also will seek comments on opening other high-frequency spectrum bands. The FCC will make spectrum available and rely on a process led by the private...

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in prepared remarks to be delivered in Washington that if the FCC "approves my proposal next month, the United States will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5 G networks and applications."

  • Some members of Congress say such agreements help smaller local TV broadcasters reduce operating costs by merging different stations' advertising sales departments. Congress had ordered the commission in 1996 to review the rules every four years but it last completed a review in 2006. The FCC still has not completed the 2010 or 2014 reviews.