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  • WASHINGTON, April 20- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 on Thursday to reverse a 2016 decision that limits the number of television stations some broadcasters can buy. The decision could lead to a possible acquisition by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc of Tribune Media Co, some Democrats in Congress said. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he plans to...

  • April 20- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 2-1 to significantly ease regulatory requirements in the $45 billion business data services market, a win for companies like AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon Communications and others but could lead to price hikes for many small businesses.

  • But last year, the FCC under Democratic President Barack Obama said those rules were outdated after the 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting- which eliminated the differences in station signal strength- and revoked them in September. Federal law limits companies to owning stations serving no more than 39 percent of U.S. television households; there is a...

  • In January, AT&T said it expected to be able to bypass the FCC in its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner because it would not seek to transfer any significant Time Warner licenses. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said previously he did not plan to use the proposed TV station license transfer as a way to examine the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

  • April 17- In 10 days, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will lift a ban on telecoms companies engaging in merger talks, and Wall Street is betting on T-Mobile US Inc, Sprint Corp and Dish Network Corp to be the first ones out of the gate. You have to ask yourself whether T-Mobile is going to be as eager to do a deal as Sprint, "said Craig Moffett, an analyst at...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- T-Mobile US Inc bid $8 billion and Dish Network Corp $6.2 billion to win the bulk of broadcast airwaves spectrum for sale in a government auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. The two carriers accounted for most of the $19.8 billion in winning bids, the FCC said. The FCC said 175 broadcast stations were selling...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- T-Mobile US Inc bid $8 billion and Dish Network Corp $6.2 billion to win the bulk of broadcast airwaves spectrum for sale in a government auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. The two carriers accounted for more than two-thirds of $19.8 billion in winning bids, the FCC said. Comcast Corp agreed to acquire $1.7...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. The FCC said 175 broadcast stations were selling airwaves to 50 wireless and other telecommunications companies.

  • NEW YORK, April 13- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. The FCC said 175 broadcast stations were selling airwaves to 50 wireless and other telecommunications companies.

  • NEW YORK, April 13- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. The FCC said 175 broadcast stations were selling airwaves to 50 wireless and other telecommunications companies.

  • FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION SAYS T-MOBILE US INC, DISH NETWORK CORP, COMCAST CORP, US CELLULAR CORP AMONG LARGEST WINNERS IN $19.8 BLN MOBILE BROADBAND SPECTRUM AUCTION- STATEMENT.

  • The FCC said in 2013 that it would consider allowing air travelers to make mobile phone calls but never finalized it. I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest, " FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. The FCC under then chairman Tom Wheeler said there were "no technical reasons to prohibit such technology to operate" but...

  • WASHINGTON, April 10- The chairman of the federal communications regulator said on Monday he was opposed to a plan to allow passengers on commercial aircraft to use cell phones. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement he was proposing the FCC end a 2013 plan that sought to relax rules on mobile communications on planes.

  • CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports that the FCC has dropped the proposal to allow phone calls from cell phones on commercial flights.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- Advocates of landmark net neutrality rules on Friday blasted Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai's plans to roll back the Obama era legal framework. Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, opposes the rules approved by the FCC which gave the agency strong legal control over broadband providers, treating...

  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, met on Tuesday with major telecommunications trade groups to discuss his preliminary plan to reverse the rules, the sources said. The FCC declined to comment but Pai previously said he is committed to ensuring an open internet but feels net neutrality was a mistake. The rules approved by...

  • April 4- In the most notable legislative work so far of the Trump administration, Republicans in Congress since Feb. 1 have approved measures to eliminate 13 regulations that were finalized in the waning months of Democratic President Barack Obama's eight years in office. Broadband privacy- A Federal Communications Commission rule barring Internet service...

  • The decision was a win for a group representing smaller cable companies that sought to overturn the "overbuild" requirement and marked the latest reversal of Obama-era requirements by the new Republican-led FCC under President Donald Trump. "This is like telling two people you will buy them lunch, ordering two entrees, and then sending both to just one of your...

  • SUPREME COURT NOMINEE Democrats amass enough support to block a Senate confirmation vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but Republicans vow to change Senate rules to ensure the conservative judge gets the lifetime job. FCC, CHARTER' OVERBUILD' The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is reversing a requirement that Charter...

  • WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is reversing a requirement imposed under the Obama administration that Charter Communications Inc extend broadband service to 1 million households already served by a competitor, under an order to be made public on Monday. The decision was a win for a group representing smaller cable companies...