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  • U.S. Federal Communications Commission filings and interviews with several people familiar with the Justice Department show the $48.5 billion AT&T-DirecTV deal is getting far less attention than Comcast Corp's agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45 billion. But it is the Comcast deal that has triggered FCC and Justice Department inquiries...

  • BARCELONA, March 6- Telecom network gear makers are on a collision course with Silicon Valley computing giants as software and cloud computing have begun to change the way operators from AT&T to China Mobile run their networks. As networks move to relatively standard hardware, formerly entrenched equipment groups must increasingly compete for contracts...

  • Wheeler: Obama didn't influence net neutrality vote Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 9:20 AM ET
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures at the FCC's net neutrality hearing in Washington on Feb. 26, 2015.

    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tells CNBC he decided to support net neutrality independently, and not because Obama backed the regulations.

  • BARCELONA, March 3- Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg was on hostile turf on Monday as spoke to executives at the world's biggest annual gathering of the mobile industry, renewing attempts to win their backing to help reach billions of users with no Internet access. His comments come amid an increasingly rancorous debate in which telecom and cable firms...

  • FCC vote could help Comcast-TWC deal: Analyst Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:33 AM ET
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler listens during the net neutrality hearing in Washington on Feb. 26, 2015.

    The new net neutrality regulations may persuade the Justice Department to OK the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, analyst Daniel Ernst tells CNBC.

  • Experts expect the industry to seek a stay of the rules, first at the FCC and then in courts, though the chances for success of such an appeal is unclear. It culminated in the FCC receiving a record 4 million comments and a call from President Barack Obama to adopt the strongest rules possible. The shift gives the FCC more authority to police various types of deals...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- U.S. regulators on Thursday imposed the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines, with Democrats in favor, to approve new "net neutrality" rules that seek to restrict broadband providers' power to...

  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    It culminated in the FCC receiving a record 4 million comments and a call from President Barack Obama to adopt the strongest rules possible. The FCC sought new net neutrality rules after a federal court rejected their previous version in January 2014. The shift gives the FCC more authority to police various types of deals between providers such as Comcast Corp...

  • GOP surrenders on net neutrality Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:29 PM ET
    Sen. John Thune

    The Republican resistance in Congress surrendered to Obama’s call to protect an open Internet, with rules likely to be approved by regulators, NYT.

  • The FCC, which is set to vote next week to regulate Internet service providers more like traditional telephone companies, has introduced a so-called "general conduct" provision in the latest version of the rules that aim to ensure net neutrality, the principle that all web traffic should be treated equally. In the general conduct provision, the FCC will say that...

  • MILAN, Feb 20- Telecom Italia posted a further fall in sales and profits on Friday but said the pace of decline was slowing and it needed to step up its spending, as the introduction of faster fixed and mobile broadband services was beginning to pay off. In a statement outlining its new spending plan, the heavily indebted company said it would invest 14.5 billion...

  • Japanese electronics companies Panasonic Corp and NEC Corp have pulled out of the consumer smartphone business, unable to compete with dominant brands Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. They still make flip-phones, though, competing in a crowded market with Fujitsu Ltd and Sharp Corp, among others. But with a mobile penetration rate of 98.5 percent, or...

  • Sprint's stance starkly contrasts with that of other U.S. wireless and cable companies such as Comcast Corp, Time Warner Cable Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc.. In a call with investors last week, Verizon's Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said that the stronger regulatory regime is "completely the wrong way to go" and would stifle job creation...

  • Here's what net neutrality could mean to you Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 9:48 AM ET
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

    A look at the issue of net neutrality and why you should care.

  • The "Freewheel" phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms. Cablevision said the phone service was the first of its kind to be launched by a cable company and aims to tap...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease sanctions on Cuba, opening up the country to expanded U.S. travel, trade and financial activities. The 54- year-old U.S. embargo on Cuba will remain in place- only Congress can lift it. Congressional critics of Obama's shift say that Washington should not be...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities. The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications,...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. takes first steps to ease Cuba embargo Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 15- The United States rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Thursday to ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities. The Treasury and Commerce Departments issued a package of new rules that will allow U.S. exports of telecommunications, agricultural and...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free Internet application in Colombia on Wednesday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the company would look to move into China. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America and the fourth in the world to receive the new Internet.org...

  • WASHINGTON/ LAS VEGAS, Jan 7- The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday endorsed the regulatory standard applied to telephone companies in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he planned to side with President Barack Obama on strict "net neutrality" rules. Comments by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at the...