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  • Former FCC commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth, discusses how AT&T's purchase of DirecTV affects the cable landscape. Furchtgott-Roth says DirecTV, as a stand-alone company, does not make sense and it needs to find a home.

  • Why Silicon Valley actually had a good day in DC Friday, 16 May 2014 | 10:47 AM ET
    Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during a news conference after an open meeting to receive public comment on proposed open Internet notice of proposed rulemaking and spectrum auctions May 15, 2014 at the FCC headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Despite all the hand-wringing about net neutrality, tech actually had a pretty good day in DC yesterday.

  • "What this rule does is prevent those with current low-band spectrum from monopolizing the market in the auction by assuring that some spectrum will be available for those with insufficient amounts of spectrum to serve rural areas and penetrate buildings," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

  • 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.

  • FCC votes to advance Internet 'fast lanes' Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 11:34 AM ET
    Demonstrators who favor “net neutrality” gather outside an FCC meeting on the issue in Washington.

    Commissioners expressed their misgivings, but have voted to go forward and accept public comment.

  • U.S. FCC votes to propose new 'net neutrality' rules Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 15- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3-2 along party lines to formally propose new "net neutrality" rules that may let Internet service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.

  • Fundamental problem with net neutrality     Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    Lance Ulanoff, Mashable editor at large, and CNBC's Jon Fortt, discuss the new rules being announced of an Internet "fast lane" that would allow broadband companies to sell faster streaming speeds to top paying customers.

  • 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.

  • What's next for net neutrality?     Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    The FCC is discussing the proposal for open Internet rules, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson. Also on the docket are the ground rules for the next spectrum auction.

  • Amid protests, US FCC to vote on 'net neutrality' Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 7:52 AM ET
    People demonstrate for net neutrality in the exclusive neighborhood of Bel-Air outside a USC Shoah Foundation fundraiser to be attended by President Barack Obama on May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Critics worry the rules would create "fast lanes" for companies that pay up and mean slower traffic for others.

  • 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.

  • *FCC vote would seek comment on new "net neutrality" rules. Public interest groups including Free Press plan to deliver a petition with more than 1 million signatures to the FCC and stage a protest against Wheeler's proposal that may allow Internet providers to charge some content companies for faster and more reliable delivery.

  • FCC's new broadband plan     Monday, 12 May 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt, and Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed president & COO, discuss the upcoming FCC vote on a new "open Internet" proposal this week that would allow companies in some cases to pay for access to faster Internet pipes.

  • Suzanne Somers' infomercial empire     Friday, 9 May 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells looks at the history of infomercials and Suzanne Somers' empire which focuses on aging, health and beauty.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- More than 100 technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage Web traffic.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Over 100 leading technology companies, including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc, have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Over 100 leading technology companies including Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Amazon.com Inc have written to U.S. telecom regulators to oppose a new "net neutrality" plan that would regulate how Internet providers manage web traffic.

  • WASHINGTON, May 1- After weeks of public outcry, Netflix Inc brought its concerns about Internet neutrality directly to U.S. regulators this week in meetings with Federal Communications Commission staff, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • That would benefit the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers, Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc, by limiting the two biggest carriers, Verizon and AT&T Inc, which dominate the highly valued low-band spectrum.

  • "The more we learn about the challenges of cybersecurity and the costs of failure, the more apparent the importance of addressing this challenge with best efforts, including yours," Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said at the cable industry trade show in Los Angeles.