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  • 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...

  • These states depend on ‘Obama phone’ the most Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Low income residents apply for free phone service from Assurance Wireless at Kelly Cullen Community Center in San Francisco.

    There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the $1.7B subsidy program, but very little is known about the actual recipients.

  • "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...

  • WASHINGTON, June 11- A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday declined to suspend new Internet traffic regulations, rejecting the telecom industry's request to partially block the implementation of the "net neutrality" rules while they're being litigated. The ruling marks an early win for the Federal Communications Commission, whose assertion of a broader...

  • FCC to scrap local oversight of cable charges Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 7:25 PM ET
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

    The move, which would allow providers to hike rates without local approval, fuels fears that more costs could fall on consumers.

  • The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on June 18 to begin the process of revamping the $1.7 billion program, called Lifeline, which has helped poorer Americans get access to telecommunications technologies since 1985.. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to give those receiving the subsidy a choice of using it for phone services, high-speed...

  • The Federal Communications Commission will vote on June 18 on proposed changes to the $1.7 billion program, called Lifeline, which is funded through fees paid by landline and cellphone users. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday circulated to the rest of the commission a list of changes to the program, seeking to increase the minimum standards for phone and...

  • FCC targets robocalls Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    FCC targets robocalls

    The FCC is ready to take action against robocalls.

  • Ex-FCC Chair: Need to ensure certainty in market Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:49 PM ET
    Julius Genachowski, former FCC chairman

    Former Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski said on Wednesday that the agency's job is to ensure certainty in the market.

  • FCC proposes crackdown on unwanted robocalls Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

    The FCC released a proposal on Wednesday to close loopholes and clarify laws to further protect consumers from unwanted robocalls.

  • FCC's obligation to ensure certainty: Genachoswki Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:32 PM ET
    FCC's obligation to ensure certainty: Genachoswki

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, unveils a "robocall" proposal. Julius Genachoswki, Fmr. FCC Chairman of The Carlyle Group, weighs in and also discusses cable consolidation deal and net neutrality.

  • What the Charter-Time Warner deal is all about Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 11:21 PM ET
    What the Charter-Time Warner deal is all about

    Alan Haft, partner at Kelly-Haft Financial, says Charter Communications' plan to acquire Time Warner Cable is centered around the fact that consolidation is essential for the survival of the cable market.

  • May 21- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reached out to the chief executives of Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc to convey that the agency is not against cable deals, the Wall Street Journal reported. Wheeler saw some of the statements as a "significant over-reading" of the FCC staff's stance on the Comcast-Time...

  • Ergen: Dish Network wireless win good for taxpayers Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Charles Ergen

    Dish Network's controversial bids in a recent wireless spectrum auction are a net positive for American taxpayers, Charlie Ergen tells CNBC.