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  • Local channels blacked out on Dish across 36 states Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    Aug 26- Dish Network Corp said subscribers have lost access to more than 100 local stations due to a distribution dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc, affecting viewers of a string of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels. Dish had filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission on Aug. 15 regarding Sinclair's intention to black out channels.

  • The Internet and telecommunications provider blocked personal mobile hotspots of convention visitors and exhibitors who used their own data plans instead of paying Smart City's fees for Wi-Fi signals, the FCC said. Smart City President Mark Haley said the company has occasionally used technologies to prevent wireless devices from interfering with...

  • NEW YORK— The Federal Communications Commission said Monday that Dish Network Corp. can't apply $3.3 billion in small-business credits toward the purchase of airwaves it gained in a government auction. The FCC said Monday the two companies aren't eligible for credit. The FCC found that Dish, which is based in Englewood, Colorado, does have a controlling...

  • SNR and Northstar are expected to have to repay more than $3 billion back to the FCC in order to keep the spectrum licenses. In a relatively common process for FCC auctions, Dish and partners invested in separate companies with little to no revenue that can receive a 25 percent discount in auction bidding as "very small businesses." However, rival bidders Verizon...

  • The unanimous vote by the five-member commission came after months of T-Mobile's lobbying for stricter limits for AT&T Inc's and Verizon Communications Inc's participation in the auction of prized low-frequency airwaves. Reuters previously reported that agency staff had found existing restrictions were sufficient to ensure that smaller carriers...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 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. T-Mobile's petition had sought stricter limitations for AT&T Inc's and Verizon Communications Inc's participation in...

  • AT&T to bundle cellular, television and Web Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    AT&T and DirecTV

    AT&T is moving to capitalize on its recent merger with DirecTV by offering bundled wireless and television services.

  • FCC approves AT&T, DirecTV deal with conditions Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    AT&T and DirecTV

    The deal will combine the nation's second-largest wireless carrier with its biggest satellite television provider.

  • 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...

  • Cutting the cord... a look at cable TV's future: Expert

    Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier Communications, shares his thoughts on AT&T's deal to buy DirecTV. Also Wilderotter provides perspective on the future of television. Customers don't want to buy 500 channels anymore and only watch 12, says Wilderotter, weighing in on the unbundling of cable TV.

  • 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"...

  • 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...