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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told a wireless industry trade show he counted on them to prove their big interest in buying spectrum from television stations.
WASHINGTON, Sept 4- The U.S. market for broadband Internet connections is not competitive enough because many providers do not offer the speedy connections that consumers increasingly demand, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Aug 26- Time Warner Cable Inc will pay $1.1 million to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation that last year found the cable and Internet provider did not properly report multiple network outages, the regulators said this week. Time Warner Cable submitted all missing reports by November 8, 2013, the FCC said.
Aug 26- AT&T Inc has reached a tentative deal with antitrust regulators to pave the way for it to buy DirecTV, the New York Post reported, citing unspecified sources. The proposed deal is expected to get clearance from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission in the first quarter, the newspaper reported.
Verizon, the biggest U.S. carrier, said last month that the top 5 percent of high-speed data users on its older unlimited data plans might experience slower speeds starting in October.
WASHINGTON, Aug 6- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday said maintaining four large U.S. wireless carriers was "good for American consumers" after news that two of them, Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US, were abandoning plans for a merger.
The FCC currently defines broadband, or high-speed Internet, as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed. "As more people adopt faster broadband speeds, we are asking if all consumers, even in the most rural regions, should have greater access to better broadband," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement.
In a "notice of inquiry" released on Tuesday, the FCC suggested that download speeds might need to be 10 Mbps to qualify as broadband and asked whether the minimum upload speed rate should also be higher.
WASHINGTON, Aug 4- Verizon Communications Inc defended its decision to slow data downloads for some customers using older unlimited data plans, telling U.S. regulators it was a "widely accepted" and lawful part of network management.
The Department of Transportation is working on a proposed ban of in-flight cellphone calls, the Journal reports.
The FCC's Media Bureau said Sinclair will divest the TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and give up the licenses of Allbritton stations in Birmingham, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, delivering programming there through so-called multi-casting on the signal of stations Sinclair already owns.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, discusses the FCC's net neutrality proposal. Pai says the real problem is how to get more broadband infrastructure and investment in place.
James Stewart, New York Times columnist, shares his thoughts on whether Rupert Murdoch's conservative reputation played a role in 21st Century Fox's failure to buy Time Warner.
James Stewart, New York Times columnist, and Michael Wolf, Activate co-founder, discuss Time Warner's rebuff of Rupert Murdoch's $80 billion bid. It's clear there are a lot of synergies between these two companies, says Wolf. But Stewart points out the deal faces tough regulatory issues.
Andre Barlow, former DOJ trial attorney, and Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, share insight on emerging antitrust issues as consolidation efforts seep through the media sector.
For much of Tuesday, however, the database appeared to be down or unaccessible, which FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart attributed to an "overwhelming surge in traffic."
For much of Tuesday, however, the database appeared to be down or unaccessible, which FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart attributed to an "overwhelming surge in traffic." The proposal has attracted one of the biggest responses in FCC's history, and showcased the complicated and intense debate launched by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in April.
WASHINGTON, July 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday pushed back to July 18 the first deadline to submit comments on the agency's proposed new Internet traffic rules as a surge in traffic overwhelmed the agency's online filing system.
Etsy and Uber are among the small companies that rely on fast video streaming and are also against the FCC's net neutrality proposal.
Major Web companies urged federal regulators to restrict the ability of Internet providers to strike deals for faster delivery of content.