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  • NEW YORK, May 17- AT&T is close to announcing that it will buy the No. 1 U.S. satellite TV operator DirecTV, according to people familiar with the matter, in the second potentially transformative deal to jolt the U.S. television industry this year.

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has come under fire from consumer advocates and technology companies for proposing to allow some "commercially reasonable" deals in which content companies could pay broadband providers to prioritize traffic on their networks.

  • More than 100 activists protested at the FCC on Thursday, with signs reading "Liberate the Internet" and "Keep the Internet Free" and three audience members were escorted out of the meeting room for standing and shouting protests.

  • Some 200 activists have said they plan to protest at the FCC on Thursday, joining a few hard core critics who have camped outside the agency for a week. Those advocates want the FCC to reclassify Internet providers as utilities, like telephone companies, rather than as the less-regulated information services they are now.

  • NEW YORK, May 12- Comcast Corp is giving at least two Asian cellular operators access to its WiFi hot spots in the United States, in trial partnerships that illustrate the cable company's ambitions to compete with U.S. wireless carriers.

  • NEW YORK, May 11- Comcast Corp is offering at least two Asian cellular operators access to its WiFi hot spots in the United States, in trial partnerships that illustrate the cable company's ambitions to compete with U.S. wireless carriers.

  • TORONTO, May 8- Telus Corp, one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies, churned out another solid quarter of earnings growth on Thursday, raising its dividend on wireless strength and further expansion of its Internet-based television product, Optik.

  • *No tech bubble seen in Europe since fewer big web firms. PARIS, April 25- European technology stocks are ripe for a rebound as investors look for bargains following a sharp sell-off in pricey U.S. tech and internet firms that spilled over into Europe and Asia.

  • TORONTO, April 21- Canadian cable, telecommunications and media company Rogers Communications Inc reported a 13 percent drop in first-quarter profit on Monday, as a move to more customer-friendly pricing led to a slip in earnings at its major wireless phone arm.

  • EU lawmakers vote to end mobile roaming fees Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 1:21 AM ET

    The European Parliament voted to end mobile phone roaming fees by 2016 and barred telecoms operators from prioritizing some Internet traffic over others.

  • BRUSSELS, April 3- The European Parliament voted to end mobile phone roaming fees by 2016 and barred telecoms operators from prioritising some Internet traffic over others, moves that will cheer Europe's consumers and frustrate industry seeking new forms of revenue.

  • Four billionaires, one telecoms company up for grabs Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    *Vivendi's SFR coveted by Bouygues, Numericable. SFR's owner, Vivendi, confirmed receipt of two offers for France's second-biggest telecom group on Wednesday. The bidders are cable operator Numericable- backed by Patrick Drahi, number 215 on Forbes' billionaires list- and Bouygues- the family company of Martin Bouygues, Forbes' billionaire number 408..

  • Smartphone wars shift from gadgetry to price Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    BARCELONA, Feb 26- The mobile phone industry is now looking to the fast-growing demand for smartphones priced at $100 or below as the market for fancier high-end devices has become saturated, but not all handset makers are able or willing to trade down.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BARCELONA, Feb 24- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg took a victory lap at the world's largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona on Monday, after beating out Google Inc in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ BARCELONA, Feb 24- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will take a victory lap at the world's largest mobile technology conference in Barcelona on Monday, after beating out Google Inc in a $19 billion acquisition of free messaging service WhatsApp.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Vodafone Group Plc could have the capacity to spend $30 billion to $40 billion on acquisitions in coming years and no deal should be too big if it makes strategic sense, Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said on Monday.

  • DUBAI/ BAGHDAD, Feb 6- Iraq plans to auction third-generation telecommunications licences for a minimum of $307 million each, sources familiar with the matter said, a move that could allow new entrants into the sector but slow the rollout of mobile Internet services.

  • Vodafone to Trump Liberty on Kabel Deutschland Bid Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 3:03 AM ET

    Britain's Vodafone Group has raised its preliminary offer to buy Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable operator, a source close to the situation has told CNBC.

  • Discretion Advised: Consumer Discretionary Soars Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | 3:20 PM ET

    Is it time for investors in the Consumer Discretionary sector to exercise some discretion of their own?

  • 2 Giants Likely to Weather Mexican Telecom Reform Monday, 27 May 2013 | 12:23 PM ET
    Inside an America Movil SAB Telcel store in Mexico City.

    Reforms that aim to level the playing field of Mexico's telecom industry will not necessarily end the dominance of the two big players.