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AT&T Fined $100M for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

AT&T Fined $100M for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

The Federal Communications Commission is set to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about unlimited data plans. According to the FCC, “AT&T severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans and that the company failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.” In other …

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The AT&T/DirecTV Merger Will Likely Be Approved: Report

It doesn’t appear that federal regulators are going to stand in the way of AT&T’s bid to acquire DirecTV. According to sources quoted in the Wall Street Journal both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are almost done with their respective reviews, and they are both unlikely to block the deal. AT&T agreed to acquire DirecTV for nearly …

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Verizon, Sprint Pay $158M for ‘Cramming’ Bogus Charges

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that Verizon and Sprint will pay a combined $158 million to settle “cramming” investigations, wherein the Commission found that the carriers were cramming unauthorized charges onto customers’ bills. The majority of such charges came from so-called “premium text services”. “For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did …

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Netflix Doesn’t Like the AT&T/DirecTV Merger

If AT&T’s proposed merger of DirecTV is approved, it would create the largest pay-TV provider in the country. And according to Netflix, the merger in its current form is bad for everyone. The streaming company has written a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to reject the merger “as currently proposed.” “The proposed merger would make AT&T the …

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Netflix Was a Big Part of Why Regulators Hated Comcast/TWC Merger

By now you’ve probably heard that Comcast has abandoned its push to acquire Time Warner Cable, due to looming concerns that both the Department of Justice’s antitrust division and the Federal Communications Commission were poised to recommend it blocked. “Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured …

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Comcast / Time Warner Cable Merger Is Dead, Officially

It’s official. Comcast has announced it has abandoned its efforts to acquire Time Warner Cable, in a deal that would’ve been valued at around $45 billion. This follows reports on Thursday that said the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission were both gearing up to recommend against the deal. If the merger had been approved, the Comcast-TWC behemoth would’ve …

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Comcast Is Giving Up on Its TWC Deal: Report

Comcast is planning to kill its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable before the feds can kill it first. Bloomberg is quoting sources who say that Comcast is ready to back away from the merger, which would be valued at around $45 billion. This comes on the heels of reports that the FCC had proposed a “hearing designation order” for …

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Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken Among Six Senators Urging a Swift Death for the Comcast/Time Warner Merger

In a letter addressed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and Attorney General Eric Holder, six Senators are urging the blockage of Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The letter comes just one day before representatives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are set to meet with DoJ antitrust officials in the hopes of saving a deal that …

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Comcast, TWC Will Meet with Regulators to Try to Save Deal

With their proposed merger on shaky ground, representatives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable are planning to meet with Justice Department officials in the hopes of negotiating a pathway for the deal to proceed. This will be the first such meeting between the cable companies and regulators since the merger was announced. The Wall Street Journal Reports that Comcast will …

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Regulators Ready to Kill Comcast / TWC Merger: Report

One of the regulatory agencies looking over the proposed Comcast / Time Warner Cable merger may be about to give it the thumbs down, citing concerns over potential harm to customers. Bloomberg cites the ubiquitous “people familiar with the matter” in saying that antitrust lawyers at the Department of Justice are poised to recommend against the merger. From Bloomberg: Attorneys …

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Released, Blasted By Commissioners

The Federal Communications Commission has released its new net neutrality rules after announcing them two weeks ago. The rules followed a call from President Obama in November to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would make it a utility. The new rules call for broadband to be considered a telecommunications service, and providers are to …

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Did The FCC Get Net Neutrality Right?

As you may have heard, the FCC announced that it has set rules on net neutrality and an open Internet, which it says “will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.” Do you think they got it right or do there need to be changes? Let us know what you think. …

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