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Wheeler Coaxes Wireless Companies to Adopt Cell Phone Unlocking Deal is an early win for new FCC chairman

Major wireless carriers have agreed to make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile devices to change providers. The set of voluntary principles unveiled by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular,…

December 12, 2013, 4:07 PM EST

New FCC Chairman Gets an Earful From House Panel Tom Wheeler's honeymoon didn't last long

There has been no honeymoon for Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. On his 39th day at the regulatory agency, Wheeler got an earful from the…

December 12, 2013, 1:38 PM EST

Bipartisan FCC Process Reform Bill Gains Momentum New version has strong Democratic backing

After three years of going nowhere in the Senate, a bill to reform how the Federal Communications Commission does business may finally get passed, now that it has Democratic backing.  The…

December 11, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

Is the FCC's Latest Study an Attempt to Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine? Required broadcasters to give equal time to competing views

A new study proposed by the Federal Communications Commission caught the wrath of 16 GOP members of the Commerce Committee, who see it as a sneaky way to bring back…

December 10, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

FCC Chair Delays Wireless Spectrum Auction to 2015 Wheeler faces big challenges and thorny issues with auction

Few are likely to fault new Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for deciding to delay the planned auction of wireless spectrum voluntarily relinquished by TV broadcasters until the middle…

December 6, 2013, 1:55 PM EST

House Lawmakers Launch Process to Update Aging Communications Laws Goal is to reform law in 2015

Two House Republicans announced an ambitious initiative to rewrite and update the decades-old communications laws that have been overwhelmed by new technologies and new media. In a Google Hangout Tuesday afternoon,…

December 3, 2013, 5:42 PM EST

Court Upholds Ban on Political Ads on Public Stations Full court reverses earlier decision

Public TV and radio stations will remain commercial-free, as a federal appeals court has upheld the federal ban on political advertising on such stations. In an 8-3 decision, the U.S. Court…

December 2, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

Media General Lashes Back at Dish in FCC Filing Carriage deal expired Oct. 1

The retransmission fight between Media General and Dish is now being waged at the Federal Communications Commission. In a filing with the agency, Media General all but called Dish a…

November 15, 2013, 3:26 PM EST

FCC to Unveil Mobile Speed Test App Also unanimously votes to east foreign ownership limits

The Federal Communications Commission entered the app world today, unveiling the FCC Speed Test app, a cute tool that allows consumers to check out their mobile speeds and answers questions…

November 14, 2013, 1:05 PM EST

Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Sports Blackouts FANS Act would rewrite 50-year-old local broadcast rules

Never underestimate a lawmaker’s desire to make sure football games get aired in his market. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), two lawmakers who have been outspoken on sports…

November 12, 2013, 4:36 PM EST

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