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  • The Federal Communications Commission did not have the legal authority to enact the 2011 regulations, which were challenged in a lawsuit brought by Verizon Communications Inc, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in its ruling.

  • Dec 20- The Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that Dish Network Corp could take more time to build a network using some of the wireless airwaves it has bought. The FCC sets deadlines and requirements for how- and how quickly- companies have to make use of the radio frequencies they own.

  • NFL: End of the blackout era?     Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 10:58 AM ET

    The FCC is considering lifting the controversial blackout rule on NFL games that are not sold out. Super Bowl winning coach, Brian Billick does not think the FCC has the right to insert itself into the business of the NFL.

  • Airlines ban in-flight calls, whatever FCC does Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:03 PM ET

    No matter what the FCC decides, there will be no in-flight phone conversations by passengers on Delta or JetBlue, the airlines say.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has withdrawn a proposal to relax the ban on owning several media outlets in the same media market, an FCC official said on Tuesday. More than a year ago, the previous FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, circulated a proposal that would have eliminated those restrictions.

  • More than a year ago, FCC circulated a draft that would eliminate the ban on owning a radio station and a newspaper in the same market. However, on Monday, FCC said it has taken the item off the table while it reassesses the issue, the Journal said.

  • Peter DeFazio, (D-OR), explains why he is backing a ban on in-flight calls on commercial flights. The cellphone industry has been fighting me on this for years, says DeFazio.

  • Debate on in-flight phone calls grows louder Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 5:11 PM ET

    The Department of Transportation said it will consider a ban on in-flight phone calls as part of its consumer protection.

  • Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached between the carriers and the agency, and details will be presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday. The deal would also require carriers to process or deny unlocking requests within two business days, according to FCC's earlier guidance.

  • Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached between the carriers and the agency, and details will be presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday. The deal would also require carriers to process or deny unlocking requests within two business days, according to FCC's earlier guidance.

  • Phones on planes     Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 6:20 AM ET

    Kevin Rogers, AeroMobile CEO, shares his thoughts on why the FCC should change existing regulations and allow passengers access to voice, texting and mobile data in flight.

  • The FCC is now drafting rules for the auction that would reshuffle the ownership of valuable frequencies among TV stations, as well as wireless carriers, which are clamoring for faster speeds and better services for their devices. "I believe we can conduct a successful auction in the middle of 2015," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a blog post on Friday.

  • The FCC is now drafting the rules to reshuffle the ownership of valuable frequencies that are increasingly needed to satisfy demand from data-hungry devices. As part of the auction, the FCC would offer broadcasters incentives to give up control of airwaves and then sell them to.

  • Court bans political ads on public stations Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 2:57 PM ET

    U.S. court upheld a ban on political ads on public television and radio stations, rejecting an argument it violates the First Amendment.

  • FCC head says he's not a fan of in-flight calls Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 | 10:22 AM ET

    The head of the U.S. FCC said Friday he personally opposed cellphone use on planes but the decision would be up to airlines.

  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler triggered a storm of criticism on Thursday when he said the agency was considering letting airplane passengers use cellphones for calls and text messaging during flights.

  • FCC proposes use of phones on plans     Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 3:13 PM ET

    The Wall Street Journal reports the FCC is to consider use of cell phones on planes. CNBC's Bill Griffeth and Maria Bartiromo discuss.

  • FCC reviews cell phone rule     Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 3:13 PM ET

    CNBC's Phil Lebeau reports on the FCC decision to change their policy of cell phone restriction on planes.

  • The unanimous vote by the five commissioners clarified the existing rules, making clear that the FCC is open to allowing bigger foreign stakes and would review each instance on a case-by-case basis to ensure it is in the public interest.

  • *Public interest advocate tapped for key FCC post. "The industries with which we work are always taking reasonable risks; I hope we won't shy away from a similar approach," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in his first public comments since sworn into office a day earlier.

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