How big telecom smothers city-run broadband

By Allan Holmes

Municipal broadband boosts business, but often stops at city limits thanks to lobbying muscle of telecom giants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "high-speed Internet":

"… t it only made sense that the city of Tullahoma be able to offer its local high-speed Internet service to areas beyond the city limits. After all, many of her rural con …"

"… ives any legal challenges, municipalities nationwide will be free to offer high-speed Internet to residents when they aren’t satisfied with the service provided by pri …"

"… nt, officials say, but “if the city of Tullahoma can offer to businesses high-speed Internet at a reasonable price as part of the city’s overall infrastructure, we t …"

Potential Sprint, T-Mobile marriage threatens consumer gains

By Allan Holmes

Sprint, T-Mobile fought to maintain competition, merger talks show they're giving in.

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

How a Verizon flack's tweet clinched more readers for our wireless investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… way. It began when Senior Reporter Allan Holmes, who covers broadband and Internet governance, was working on an investigation into corporate concentration i …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… and Jonathan Orszag, also at Compass Lexecon, a former member of President Bill Clinton’s National Economic Council. The authors conclude the government would …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "broadband":

"… ivals. Instead of fighting the deal — which would create a cable TV and broadband Internet provider with 30 million customers and a television network — r …"

"… Circuit overturned last month. The so-called net neutrality rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing Internet traffic so that they could fav …"

"… “So the FCC may be looking at this as an opportunity to convince a huge broadband company and service provider to follow its net neutrality rules that they …"

T-Mobile’s lobbying spending may be paying off

By Allan Holmes

The No. 4 wireless carrier sees its lobbying investments paying off in D.C.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… oing to keep their foot to the pedal on lobbying this year,” Silva said. …"

"… s far bigger rivals by buying companies and acquiring better frequencies. T-Mobile, which is only a fraction of the size of its giant rivals AT&T and Ver …"

"… e Department blocked the deal. The lobbying investment is intended to help T-Mobile turn telecommunications policies to its favor. T-Mobile — which has als …"

"… intended to help T-Mobile turn telecommunications policies to its favor. T-Mobile — which has also cut prices to better compete — spent $5.2 million on …"

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

By Allan Holmes

Expect telecom giant to fight FCC on spectrum auction limits following T-Mobile airwaves purchase.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… tment. T-Mobile said it planned to buy more airwaves.     …"

"… ng regulators not to limit an upcoming spectrum auction. The $2.4 billion T-Mobile deal to purchase valuable frequencies from Verizon Wireless announced yest …"

"… r 2015: the wireless market is becoming more competitive as companies like T-Mobile buy more airwaves that allows it to build a better network, and AT&T s …"

"… ore the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee prior to T-Mobile’s airwaves purchase. “T-Mobile has substantially bolstered its spectr …"

Civil rights group's FCC positions reflect industry funding, critics say

By Jason McLure

Civil rights organization often agrees with industry backers on FCC issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… icy positions.” MMTC also supported a failed attempt by AT&T to buy T-Mobile in 2011 for $39 billion, the group’s first endorsement of a media and te …"

"… anic Media Center and the Center for Media Justice disagreed, arguing that T-Mobile was the low-cost carrier and that its elimination would not only harm cons …"

"… proportionately affect minority customers. In 2010 and 2011, AT&T and T-Mobile provided $240,000 in sponsorships to MMTC fundraising events, according to …"

"… ommissioner Henry Rivera, worked at law firm Wiley Rein, which represented T-Mobile in the merger. Julia Johnson, then MMTC’s treasurer and its current boar …"

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

Police agencies made 1.3 million surveillance requests to US cellphone carriers in 2011

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… e's an immediate threat to someone's life.The information was collected by Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey. He said laws need to be updated to ill protect people's Fo …"

Charities supporting AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile have financial incentive

By Jason McLure

Charities that received big dollars from AT&T supporting phone giant's buyout of T-Mobile

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… nt, but I am writing today in order to convey our support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.”Martin went on to praise the potential expansion of wireless bro …"

"… ere recipients of AT&T’s largesse and have written in support of the T-Mobile buyout, which will cut the number of national wireless companies from four …"

"… which wrote to the FCC to tout the benefits of AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile.Cash had no effect on positionMany of the charities, including the Shrevep …"

"… nd the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Lawyers for AT&T and T-Mobile pushing approval of the deal know the key agencies well: the legal teams i …"

As FCC Chair Martin resigns, he leaves controversial legacy

By John Dunbar

Among the legions of predictable, starched-shirt regulators that populate Washington, outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ke

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jessica Zufolo":

"… n like Martin to have gone down that road, said telecommunications analyst Jessica Zufolo of Medley Global Advisors, was “unprecedented.” The wireless i …"

As FCC Chair Martin resigns, he leaves controversial legacy

By John Dunbar

Consumer-friendly policies, but a prickly personal style

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jessica Zufolo":

"… n like Martin to have gone down that road, said telecommunications analyst Jessica Zufolo of Medley Global Advisors, was "unprecedented." The wireless industry oppo …"

Center's suit to get broadband data draws industry interest, comment

By Drew Clark

AT&T, Verizon Intervene in Center's Suit Against FCC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… an effort to find out more about which companies are providing high-speed Internet access throughout the United States so that citizens have a better underst …"

"… publicly available online through Well Connected's Media Tracker, a free, Internet-based database of the radio, television, newspaper and cable companies tha …"

"… wireless association formerly known as the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association — supported the FCC in a "friend of the court" brief filed J …"

"… ared that it was a national priority to spur the development of high-speed Internet service. "I'm talking about broadband technology to every corner of our co …"

More cities offering wireless Internet access

By David Baumgarten

Bells call it unfair competition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… avvy Austin, Texas, Adina Levin enjoys the benefits of widespread wireless Internet access.Austin is one of a number of cities in the nation that has built a …"

"… the nation that has built a system that allows residents to log on to the Internet without worrying about plugging into a phone or cable outlet. Levin wants …"

"… e the same advantage."People really care about it," Levin said of wireless Internet access. "There's a constituency for it."That's why she spent much of the s …"

"… d have made it illegal for local governments to offer residents high-speed Internet access.The legislation was by no means unusual—this spring, lawmakers in …"

Former Bells dial up big numbers in statehouses

By John Dunbar

SBC is No. 1 in both lobbying and contributions

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Orleans":

"… went on 23 trips at a cost of $36,568.Tauzin personally took trips home to New Orleans and to a number of California locales, including San Diego and Palm Spring …"

"… he California outings, while son Michael went along on one of the trips to New Orleans.Another indication of the coziness between the industry and federal regula …"

Networks of influence

By John Dunbar, Daniel Lathrop and Robert Morlino

The political power of the communications industry

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

Bells paid two-thirds of fines and settlements since Jan. 2000

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… d over $17.1 million, including a $9 million fine paid recently. Second is Verizon Communications with $12 million, and third is San Antonio, Texas-based SBC Communications …"

Prepaid profit plan for wireless companies

By Morgan Jindrich

Top firms have banked $629 million for service not yet offered

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… ther carriers and their trade group, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, continue to fight the rules.By "the end of June, the final co …"

New FCC chairman had big telephone player as a major client

By Nathaniel Heller

Financial disclosure reports show Michael Powell's former clients include a major telephone provider

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joel Klein":

"… f at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, headed at the time by Joel Klein. Powell submitted a personal financial disclosure form to the U.S. Office …"

Telecom chief could face conflict issues

By Kristen Dorsey

Nancy J. Victory, now a key commerce department official, has worked telecommunication and wireless firms that she now oversees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internet":

"… t."Meanwhile, her husband, Michael Senkowski, remains the lead telecom and Internet partner at Washingtons premier communications law and lobby firm, Wiley Re …"

"… ing partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding, heads its telecommunications and Internet practices. According to his corporate biography, Senkowski has handled reg …"

"… y team on the FCC. Wiley Rein also represents major telecommunications and Internet companies such as Verizon, Motorola, and America Online.Federal lobbying r …"

"… reless revenue, which could include video services over phones, high-speed Internet and Web access over cell phones and personal digital assistants (such as P …"

Belying his rhetoric, McCain worked for megamerger sought by campaign patron AT&T

By Nathaniel Heller and Annys Shin

WASHINGTON, December 7, 1999 — Republican Senator John McCain, outspoken advocate of campaign-finance reform, has built his presidential can

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… oyees’ spouses giving him more than $75,000 since 1982. In addition, lobbyists for AT&T have given McCain at least $12,500 since 1998. And the rel …"

"… John W. Timmons, McCain’s former legislative director, is now a top lobbyist for the telecom behemoth. Moreover, several AT&T lobbyists have played …"

"… is now a top lobbyist for the telecom behemoth. Moreover, several AT&T lobbyists have played a major role in raising money from corporate America for his …"

"… America for his presidential bid. Last spring, Timmons, along with super-lobbyists Vin Weber and Kenneth Duberstein, co-hosted a fund-raiser that brought Mc …"