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  • FairPoint more attractive to buyers with new labor pact Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:19 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— FairPoint Communications said it needed to bring costs and benefits into sync with competitors in the telecommunications industry. Workers said during a four-month strike in northern New England that the company was positioning itself for potential sale, and a Wall Street analyst said shareholders are pressing for one.

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies were up at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $34.56. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 08 or. 2 percent, to $49.45.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Internet activists took an aerial jab at Comcast to celebrate new government rules affecting the Philadelphia- based corporation. A plane towed a banner past company headquarters that said, " Comcast: Don't Mess With the Internet." The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to impose strict regulations on Internet service providers...

  • Midday Glance: Telecom companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are up at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 01 or percent, to $34.51. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 20 or. 4 percent, to $49.57.

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • Early Glance: Telecom companies Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. AT&T Inc. fell$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $34.48. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 18 or. 4 percent, to $49.55.

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies were up at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 29 or. 8 percent, to $34.50. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 17 or. 3 percent, to $49.37.

  • Stock market shrugs off net neutrality vote Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic. On Thursday, Comcast Corp. shares dipped 47 cents to close at $59.15.

  • Midday Glance: Telecom companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are up at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 29 or. 8 percent, to $34.49. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 21 or. 4 percent, to $49.41.

  • Early Glance: Telecom companies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 12 or. 4 percent, to $34.33. Verizon Communications Inc. fell$. 06 or. 1 percent, to $49.14.

  • Father of net neutrality: Rules won't kill spending Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    The man who coined the phrase net neutrality rejects the idea that enforcing the policy would lead to reduced investment in broadband.

  • FCC allows city-owned Internet providers to expand Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:57 AM ET

    The decision quietly played out minutes before the FCC took up the higher-profile issue of Internet neutrality, which imposed the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. In the less prominent case, the cities of Wilson, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the FCC to override state laws that have prevented them from...

  • Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet's vulnerability Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:29 AM ET

    Alex Juarez, a spokesman for Internet service provider CenturyLink, said the problem was first reported around noon Wednesday, with customer complaints pouring in from an area extending from the northern edges of Phoenix to cities like Flagstaff, Prescott, Page and Sedona. CenturyLink blamed vandalism, and police are investigating. The severed CenturyLink-...

  • Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    "Today is a red-letter today for Internet freedom," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, whose remarks at Thursday's meeting frequently prompted applause by Internet activists in the audience. In an online letter, he thanked the millions who wrote to the FCC and spoke out on social media in support of the change. "Today's FCC decision will protect innovation and create a...

  • FACTBOX-What is net neutrality? U.S. debates once again Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    That means companies such as Comcast Corp or Verizon Communications Inc would be barred from blocking or slowing access to any website or content on the web, for instance to benefit their own services over those of competitors. The FCC, which regulates U.S. cable and other companies that provide broadband services, has tackled net neutrality rules several...

  • Midday Glance: Telecom companies Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are down at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. unchanged at $34.05. Verizon Communications Inc. fell$. 08 or. 2 percent, to $49.14.

  • FACT CHECK: Talking heads skew 'net neutrality' debate Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    That means broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile must act in the "public interest" when providing your Internet connection and conduct business in ways that are "just and reasonable." The goal, as stated by regulators: Prevent those service providers from creating paid Internet "fast lanes" and charging sites such as Google, YouTube...

  • Early Glance: Telecom companies Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies are up at 10 a.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $34.11. Verizon Communications Inc. rose$. 12 or. 2 percent, to $49.34.

  • Netherlands- based Gemalto, a maker of SIM cards used in mobile phones and credit cards, said Wednesday that an internal investigation "gives us reasonable grounds to believe" an operation by the U.S. National Security Agency and its British counterpart "probably happened." Gemalto, a supplier to major mobile phone operators including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and...