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  • AT&T-DirecTV deal set to close after clearance from FCC

    July 24, 2015 3:52 PM

    NEW YORK - AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV is set to close after winning clearance from the Federal Communications Commission. The Justice Department had already cleared the deal, which will create the largest provider of cable or satellite TV in the U.S., with 26.4 million cable and satellite TV... more »
  • FCC to phone companies: You can stop unwanted robocalls

    June 18, 2015 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Tired of automated phone calls urging you to vote for a certain candidate or pitching a cruise vacation? You can now tell your phone company that federal regulators say it's OK to block them. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday agreed that Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunication carriers... more »
  • Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday

    June 11, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW YORK - An appeals court says it won't block net neutrality rules, which will go into effect Friday as a result. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the United States Telecom Association, the plaintiffs, did not satisfy the requirements for a stay. The... more »
  • FCC head seeks to narrow 'digital divide' with new proposal

    May 28, 2015 11:58 AM

    NEW YORK - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, has called broadband a critical service for modern life. But many low-income people don't have access. According... more »
  • USTelecom files suit against government's new Internet rules

    April 13, 2015 10:30 AM

    NEW YORK - A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun. The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality - that online content be allowed to load at the same speed. They forbid paid fast lanes favoring some... more »
  • Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow... more »
  • FCC to vote next month on net neutrality rules

    January 2, 2015 5:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net... more »
  • Obama wants ban on Internet 'fast lane' deals

    November 10, 2014 10:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster. In a statement released by the White House Monday, the president called for an "explicit ban" on such deals. Obama also said that... more »
  • FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

    September 30, 2014 6:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly." A... more »
  • FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    September 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts. The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV. The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted... more »
  • FCC votes to go forward with net neutrality rules

    May 15, 2014 12:58 PM

    NEW YORK - The Federal Communications Commission voted to go forward with the proposal of new rules that could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. The preliminary vote submits the so-called net neutrality rules for formal public comment. After the... more »
  • FCC plans to make 911 texts available by May 2014

    December 7, 2012 12:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission says the nation's four largest wireless carriers have agreed to make emergency 911 texts available nationwide by May 2014. Major rollouts of the texting system are expected next year. The agency said Thursday that under the agreement with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, more... more »
  • Divided FCC adopts rules to protect Web traffic

    December 21, 2010 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules meant to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with Internet traffic flowing to their customers. The 3-2 vote Tuesday marks a major victory for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who has spent more than a year trying to craft a... more »
  • Senate votes to turn down volume on TV commercials

    September 30, 2010 1:10 PM

    Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as... more »
  • FCC to discuss possible internet connection rules

    October 22, 2009 10:17 AM

    The Federal Communications Commission is discussing regulations that would prevent phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections. "Network neutrality" rules would ensure subscribers can access all legal Web sites and services, like Internet calling applications that compete with the broadband companies' offers. The FCC chair... more »

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