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FCC Chairman Gives Verizon-SpectrumCo Deals Approval, With Restrictions

After FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement urging the rest of the commissioners to approve Verizon Wireless’ $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum from the SpectrumCo consortium of cable companies, with significant restrictions and limitations on the potentially … Continue reading

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Verizon Silences T-Mobile: Wireless Industry Consolidation and Cross-Industry Collusion — Verizon Wireless, Comcast and T-Mobile

As cable giant Comcast agrees to settle charges with the FCC for violating the terms of its merger with NBC-Universal, Verizon Wireless gets a tip of the hat from the commission for agreeing to sell portions of spectrum licenses to … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Privacy and Data Security: The FCC Wants Your Input

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating the issue of cell phone privacy and data security and is seeking public comment on the matter. In a public notice issued on May 25, 2012 the FCC, in conjunction with the Wireline … Continue reading

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Al Franken Urges FCC and DOJ to Investigate Comcast for Antitrust Violations

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has long been a strong supporter of network neutrality, frequently speaking out against proposed ventures that violate this stance. From the get-go, Senator Franken was opposed to the 2010 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, seeing … Continue reading

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AT&T points fingers again: We didn’t raise prices; the FCC did

AT&T is heating up its retaliatory campaign against the Federal Communications Commission for denying its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Speaking at a conference, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson claimed once again that the merger’s death directly resulted in AT&T’s decision … Continue reading

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FCC Takes Steps to Crack Down on Phone Bill Cramming

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to require telephone carriers to provide their customers more billing information in an effort to crack down on mysterious, unauthorized charges on their phone bills. The new rules, adopted Friday, are targeted at … Continue reading

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FCC focuses on low-income broadband

FCC announces broadband adoption competition: The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that it has launched a new competition asking for ideas about how best to increase broadband adoption among low-income Americans. To finance the competition, the FCC will use $25 … Continue reading

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Congress Should Grill the FCC Over Redacted Google Wi-Fi Snooping Report

Privacy advocates have long objected to the Google Street View feature, pointing to photographs that show men leaving strip clubs, protesters at an abortion clinic, sunbathers in bikinis, and people engaging in activities visible from public property in which they … Continue reading

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FCC Plays Politics, Orders TV Stations To Publish Ad Rates Online

TV political advertising data, available to the public at TV stations and at the Federal Communications Commission, will now be available online — much to the chagrin of TV stations. In an effort to secure easier public access and to … Continue reading

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