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Bill Aims to Shut FCC's Revolving Door Proposal would have made FCC commissioner Baker wait a year to join Comcast

When former commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker announced in May her exit from the Federal Communications Commission for Comcast just four months after casting her vote to approve the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger,…

December 21, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

AT&T Kills T-Mobile Merger Deal faced stiff opposition from government, consumers

AT&T's blockbuster deal to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion from Deutsche Telekom is dead. The decision by AT&T comes nine months after it announced the deal. AT&T will recognize a pretax…

December 19, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

House and Senate Talks Stalled on Spectrum Bills Stalled talks reduce chances for legislation this year

Negotiations between the House and Senate to resolve differences over spectrum bills that would free up spectrum for wireless services and public safety have stalled, reducing chances any spectrum legislation…

December 14, 2011, 6:55 PM EST

Spectrum Legislation Passes House Part of larger bill, spectrum faces uncertain future in Senate

Legislation that would free up more spectrum for wireless services and public safety passed the House Tuesday as part of a massive 360-page year-end GOP payroll tax cut extensions bill. The…

December 13, 2011, 11:13 PM EST

FCC Passes Rules to Turn Down the Volume on Loud Commercials CALM Act goes into effect in a year

Those loud TV commercials that annoy everybody have only one more year to live. The Federal Communications Commission passed rules Tuesday to implement the 2010 Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act,…

December 13, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

Court Grants Stay to Put AT&T and T-Mobile Case on Hold AT&T says it is considering how to revise $39 billion deal

Is AT&T admitting defeat in its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile, or just taking a breather while it figures out another way to structure the merger?  In a terse statement…

December 12, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

Will Supreme Court Take Up Media Ownership Rules? Media companies petition court to hear case

For decades, broadcast and newspaper companies have been in and out of court trying to convince a series of judges that the Federal Communications Commission's media ownership rules are hopelessly…

December 6, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

Republican Spectrum Bill Clears House Subcommittee Dems' hopes for bipartisan bill dashed

Try as they might, House Democrats couldn't get the bipartisan spectrum bill they wanted. In a 17-6 vote, a Republican bill to free up more spectrum for wireless use and…

December 1, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

FCC Nominees Say the Right Things at Hearing Committee approval likely, but Grassley hold still looms

President Obama's two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission said all the right things to the members of the Senate Commerce Committee during a hearing on their nominations Wednesday, earning…

December 1, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

FCC Opts to Release Embarrassing Report on AT&T-T-Mobile Merger AT&T slams move, liberal groups hail it

The Federal Communications Commission officially granted AT&T and T-Mobile's request to withdraw their merger application on Tuesday. But that's where the good news ended for the telecoms. The commission did…

November 29, 2011, 6:04 PM EST