Topic: wireless

Senators Weigh Verizon-Cable Spectrum Deals

Sen. Kohl holds out judgment on MSO pacts

Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), the influential lawmaker who blasted the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, remains undeclared about his intentions on Verizon's pending spectrum deal with four cable companies. "We have strong…

FCC Looks for More Answers in Verizon Cable Deals

Asks company for uncensored documents

Verizon Wireless' pending spectrum deal with four cable companies—which includes a joint venture with its former rivals—isn't going over smoothly with regulators or its critics. The Federal Communications Commission, one…

Congress Poised to Pass Spectrum Legislation

Broadcasters get what they want

Hammering out the differences into the wee hours of Thursday morning, a bipartisan, bicameral congressional committee took the historic first step toward unleashing more wireless spectrum to feed an increasingly…

FCC Nominees Still on Hold

Sen. Grassley Wants Answers on LightSquared

For the second time this year, the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday held its monthly meeting short of two Commissioners. It may stay that way for a while longer. Sen. Chuck Grassley…

DOJ Clears Google-Motorola Deal

E.U. approval came same day

Finally a good day for Google. The acquisitive search giant Monday got green lights from both the European Union and the Department of Justice for its $12.5 billion deal to purchase…

Bipartisan Group Calls for More Unlicensed Spectrum

Advocates more flexibility for FCC

A group of 42 members of Congress, mostly Democrats, are urging the payroll tax cut conference committee to let the Federal Communications Commission make available more unlicensed spectrum, a key…

Smaller Carriers Worry Big Two Will Dominate Spectrum Auctions

Debate rages over FCC authority

Fearing that AT&T and Verizon will gobble up the entire wireless spectrum in an auction, a group of competitors sent a letter to the Congressional Conference Committee considering spectrum auction…

Walden Pushes Forward on FCC Reform

Markup of bill tentatively set for Feb. 7

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and a former broadcaster, isn’t giving up on his mission to reform the Federal Communications Commission. In…

AT&T Lashes Out at FCC's Bid for Flexibility in Spectrum Auctions

Congress, not FCC, should set auction conditions, says AT&T

AT&T, one of the likely biggest bidders in any government auction for wireless spectrum, lashed out at the Federal Communications Commission's push for flexibility in how spectrum auctions are conducted. In…

Is Verizon Facing DOJ Probe Over Cable Deals?

Public interest groups say telecom hinders competition

Now that the Obama administration has successfully shut down the AT&T-T-Mobile merger, it is setting its sights on Verizon Wireless' recent spectrum and joint venture deals with cable companies, a Department…