Federal Communications Commission Posts

FCC Investigating Verizon For $2 Fee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating the $2 fee that Verizon Wireless will be charging consumers for “convenience.” Verizon was planning on setting up this fee on January 15th to charge people who would be paying for their bill with a credit card through their phone. “On behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter,” stated the FCC. [New York Times]

FCC Accepts AT&T’s Request For Withdrawal

The Federal Communications Commission has granted AT&T’s request to withdraw its application to buy out T-Mobile. The FCC also released a 109 page report yesterday about what they think about the merger after much review. The FCC’s report lists more cons about the deal than pros. The FCC said that the merger would cause too many inefficient network issues and job losses. The cost savings generated by the deal wouldn’t be passed on to the customer either.
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AT&T Withdrawing T-Mobile Acquisition Approval Application From FCC

A couple of days ago, I wrote about how the FCC was seeking an administrative hearing of the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). Now AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have pulled their application for approval from the FCC for the acquisition. This does not necessarily mean that AT&T is pulling out of the deal. They will be continuing to pursue the sale of Deutsche Telekom’s “wireless assets.”
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The FCC Is Seeking An Administrative Hearing On AT&T’s Acquisition of T-Mobile

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking an administrative hearing for AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition deal for T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG. The administrative hearing was decided by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. This hearing is add-on litigation for AT&T and T-Mobile, who have already been dealing with the Justice Department in a lawsuit.
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New White House CIO Steven VanRoekel Is A Former Microsoft Exec

Steven VanRoekel is the current managing director of the FCC and was a former Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) executive. VanRoekel will become the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the federal government on Thursday where he will be responsible for the $80 billion per year IT budget.
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FCC: U.S. Ranked 9th Out Of 29 Countries For Mobile Broadband Adoption

The Federal Communications Commission released a new report yesterday that has data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that states that the U.S. is ranked 9th out of 29 countries for mobile broadband adoption on a per capita basis. The U.S. is ranked 12th out of 33 countries for percentage of households that have fixed broadband. The U.K., South Korea, and Iceland are some of the countries that have the U.S. beat.
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Comcast Cuts Off and Then Reinstates Funding For Nonprofit After A Negative Tweet

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is very sensitive to criticism. Last week after Comcast decided to hire a sitting member of the FCC named Meredith Attwell Baker, an employee of the Reel Grrls nonprofit education program sent a tweet questioning whether this was a conflict of interest. Baker had voted in approval of Comcast’s merger with NBC Universal. Comcast cut off funding for Reel Grrls after that tweet was sent out.
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Sprint Declares Opposition Against AT&T’s Acquisition Of T-Mobile

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) has sent out a press release today explaining their opinion on AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. Sprint said that the transaction still requires approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.
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