Latest U.S. Federal Communications Commission Stories

2008-09-09 09:00:38

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- SWE-DISH Satellite Systems AB, a DataPath(R) company specializing in compact, quick-to-air and easy-to-use mobile satellite communications (SATCOM) equipment, was awarded a U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license for the SWE-DISH Suitcase(R) CCT90 ultra-portable SATCOM terminal. The Suitcase CCT90 is a highly compact and quick-to-air broadband satellite terminal, featuring a 0.9-meter antenna and advanced CommuniCase(R) Technology. The...

2008-04-23 13:35:00

An investigation of how Comcast Corp manages its network has raised further concerns about tactics the company used to restrict Internet users who share movies and other material, according to U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin.The top U.S. communications regulator testified before Senate lawmakers on Tuesday and said Comcast had used a "blunt" technique to impose broad restrictions on peer-to-peer file-sharing."Contrary to some claims, it does not appear that this...

2008-04-23 00:20:00

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday his agency has sufficient authority to prevent discrimination by Internet service providers."I do not believe any additional regulations are needed at this time," Martin said, during testimony at a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. The Commission had previously conducted two hearings on the issue of "network management", following admissions by Comcast Corp that it had delayed file-sharing traffic for...

2008-04-18 10:53:01

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to scrutinize whether broadband Internet providers were open with customers about how they are managing their networks and make good on the speeds they promise, according to FCC chairman Kevin Martin.Martin said at an agency hearing on broadband services that the commission should look closely at the two factors as it grapples with what constitutes "reasonable" management of broadband networks by providers such as Comcast Corp.Consumer groups...

2008-03-14 14:28:26

At an appearance before a Northern Virginia technology group, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other regulators to make more vacant television spectrum available for wireless services such as broadband Internet access. Gates said this "white space" spectrum between analog broadcast channels could be used to provide wireless broadband services using WiFi access technology. "We're hopeful that that will be made available so that...

2006-08-08 15:05:00

WASHINGTON -- U.S. wireless companies face new competition on Wednesday as they start bidding on licenses for advanced wireless services like high-speed Internet -- from the satellite and cable television industries. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will auction 1,122 licenses that analysts predict may raise $15 billion and last several weeks. The 168 bidders, including the top cable and satellite providers, have made $4.3 billion in deposits. "That appears to indicate strong...

2006-07-10 17:05:00

WASHINGTON -- As U.S. telephone carriers move into the television business, media conglomerates are eyeing ways to grab valuable wireless airwaves as another way to deliver profitable high-speed Internet and other services. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on August 9 is scheduled to begin auctioning off hundreds of licenses for advanced wireless services in a sale that analysts have said could raise between $8 billion to $15 billion. In one of the biggest communications forays yet...

2006-07-07 20:46:19

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three television networks, CBS, Fox and NBC, on Friday urged speedy court review of a decision finding some of their shows violated decency standards, opposing a delay sought by the U.S. government. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission earlier this week asked an appeals court to postpone hearing the networks' challenges and return the case to the agency for two months so it can review television broadcasters' arguments. The networks...

2006-02-03 16:51:26

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush plans to nominate telecommunications lawyer Robert McDowell to fill the final empty Republican seat on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the White House said on Friday. McDowell, 42, is senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Comptel, a lobbying group for companies that primarily compete against big telephone carriers like AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications. His nomination would...

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