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 "broadband":

"… the telecommunications giants are fighting against the spread of municipal broadband networks. For more than a decade, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable Inc …"

"… o pre-empt state laws that block municipalities from building or expanding broadband networks, hindering economic growth, the cities argue. If the FCC rules i …"

"… private telecommunications companies. To better understand the municipal broadband debate, the Center for Public Integrity traveled to two southern cities. T …"

"… r Public Integrity traveled to two southern cities. Tullahoma, which has a broadband network, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, which doesn’t. City-provided …"

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 "broadband":

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

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

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

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.

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.

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 "broadband":

"… ceived support from telecommunications and cable firms and its position on broadband regulation and other issues has dovetailed with theirs. “He’s making …"

"… aims to promote equal opportunity in broadcasting, telecommunications and broadband and that its positions are often in conflict with those of its donors.&nbs …"

"… f an open Web were concerned that without strong network neutrality rules, broadband providers would be free to offer preferential treatment to deep-pocketed m …"

"… would hurt the ability of cable and telecommunications companies to expand broadband in poor, minority neighborhoods. "We think that closing the digital divid …"

Surveillance requests to cellphone carriers surge

By The Associated Press

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

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

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 "broadband":

"… calls, and international calls,” Martin said. “If you look at broadband prices, with competition primarily cable and telephone, you’ve actua …"

"… cable and telephone, you’ve actually seen dramatic price declines in broadband services since 2001.” But cable prices have “skyrocketed&rdq …"

"… n was unable, however, to secure support from either party for his boldest broadband initiative. He wanted to auction off a swath of airwaves and require a por …"

"… a swath of airwaves and require a portion be used to provide free wireless broadband access to most of the population. But with time running out, President Bus …"

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 "broadband":

"… calls, local calls, and international calls," Martin said. "If you look at broadband prices, with competition primarily cable and telephone, you've actually se …"

"… arily cable and telephone, you've actually seen dramatic price declines in broadband services since 2001."But cable prices have "skyrocketed" in the past decad …"

"… n was unable, however, to secure support from either party for his boldest broadband initiative. He wanted to auction off a swath of airwaves and require a por …"

"… a swath of airwaves and require a portion be used to provide free wireless broadband access to most of the population. But with time running out, President Bus …"

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 "broadband":

"… October and November 2006.Publicly identifying the companies that provide broadband service would help give citizens a more complete understanding of who they …"

"… development and the spread of information. The availability of competitive broadband service is an issue involved in a range of telecommunications policy debat …"

"… sociation (to which both companies belong), objected to the release of the broadband data. Wireless Communications Association International, a trade group rep …"

"… Association International, a trade group representing a range of wireless broadband service providers, said that it had also objected.Separately, CTIA — the …"

More cities offering wireless Internet access

By David Baumgarten

Bells call it unfair competition

Excerpts from this story referencing "broadband":

"… Phil King, a Republican from Weatherford and sponsor of the anti-municipal broadband measure, told the Fort-Worth Star Telegram in early April.But municipal wi …"

"… fidelity spreading across nationHigh-speed Internet access, also known as broadband, was once considered a luxury or a special service for technology buffs. T …"

"… buffs. Today, it is an economic and educational necessity. Those who lack broadband access find themselves at a competitive disadvantage. The gap is greatest …"

"… ensity.As a result, the United States ranks surprisingly low in per capita broadband availability. A December 2004 study by the Organization for Economic Coope …"

Former Bells dial up big numbers in statehouses

By John Dunbar

SBC is No. 1 in both lobbying and contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… utheastern states; five of them—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee—do not require lobbyists to report their salaries. Tennessee, in fact, o …"

"… uisiana and Tennessee—do not require lobbyists to report their salaries. Tennessee, in fact, only requires that lobbyists disclose campaign contributions.Due …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

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

Prepaid profit plan for wireless companies

By Morgan Jindrich

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

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 "broadband":

"… as to develop regulatory guidelines for cutting-edge technologies, such as broadband Internet access and a new high-speed wireless Internet bandwidth.But Powel …"

"… mpanies, Verizon has myriad regulatory issues before the FCC, ranging from broadband Internet access (such as DSL) to standards regulating wireless phone servi …"

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

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