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 "Utah":

"… ens Against Government Waste, and Royce Van Tassell, vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association, wrote that an effort by Utah cities to build a muni …"

"… vice president of the Utah Taxpayers Association, wrote that an effort by Utah cities to build a municipal broadband network “has caused a spectacular …"

"… ulties. They include Ashland, Oregon; Burlington, Vermont; and the 11-city Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency. Some, such as Provo, Utah, …"

"… y Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency. Some, such as Provo, Utah, and Groton, Connecticut, have sold their networks. But proponents of mun …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocacy":

"… company's ability to bid,” Matt Wood, policy director at Free Press, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., that supports the spectrum limits, said in an e …"

"… dd O’Boyle, program director for media and democracy at Common Cause, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., that opposes wireless industry consolidation. …"

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

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

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 "Sprint Corp.":

"… variety of techniques and influence.” Battling AT&T and Verizon are Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile, the third- and fourth-largest carriers whose networks and cu …"

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 "Amazon.com":

"… ompanies that need an open Internet such as Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. may back off from any opposition. “I’m thinking [FCC policymaker …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… onsive Politics. In 2011, AT&T spent $20.2 million and ranked eighth. Verizon Communications was close behind, having spent $15.2 million in 2012 and placing 15th on t …"

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 "Comcast":

"… views, but it’s curious how often they’re in line with the filings of Comcast and AT&T.” Honig says MMTC aims to promote equal opportunity in bro …"

"… ver the past 15 years. Honig, 63, says he plans to semi-retire next year. Comcast and AT&T Among the group’s most generous donors is cable giant Comc …"

"… cast and AT&T Among the group’s most generous donors is cable giant Comcast, which, according to MMTC documents has spent at least $375,000 on fundrai …"

"… shington hosted by MMTC between 2009 and this year. In addition to taking Comcast's side on Net Neutrality, Honig publicly hailed its 2011 buyout of NBC Uni …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "lower quality products":

"… Department said the deal would lead to “higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services.” “Any way you look at this transaction, …"

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 "Internet":

"… they really want. In addition, he pried open wireless networks, protected Internet users from unequal treatment by service providers, and paved the way for a …"

"… t by service providers, and paved the way for a new generation of wireless Internet devices. But Martin has also toed the deregulatory GOP line by backing m …"

"… ters. Yet in the same proceeding, Martin also supported less regulation of Internet services. Martin would succeed Powell as chairman in March 2005. A la …"

"… genuous, and no longer relevant” in a market where voice, video, and Internet services are bundled together, said Brian Dietz, a spokesman for the Natio …"

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 "Internet":

"… they really want. In addition, he pried open wireless networks, protected Internet users from unequal treatment by service providers, and paved the way for a …"

"… t by service providers, and paved the way for a new generation of wireless Internet devices.But Martin has also toed the deregulatory GOP line by backing majo …"

"… ters. Yet in the same proceeding, Martin also supported less regulation of Internet services.Martin would succeed Powell as chairman in March 2005.A la Carte …"

"… disingenuous, and no longer relevant" in a market where voice, video, and Internet services are bundled together, said Brian Dietz, a spokesman for the Natio …"

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 "focused on getting anti-wireless legislation":

"… en in my town campaigning at all."Mostly, though, the telecom industry has focused on getting anti-wireless legislation at the state level. Including bills passed in 2005, 16 states now restrict …"

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 "Verizon Communications Inc.":

"… el, investors decided against building the new venue.No. 3 on the list was Verizon Communications Inc. at $12.2 million. Verizon, like SBC, is a former Bell and they share many …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications Inc.":

"… olicy, according to a new Center for Public Integrity investigation.Led by Verizon Communications Inc. at more than $77 million*, the former Bells collectively have far outspent …"

Networks of influence

By John Dunbar, Daniel Lathrop and Robert Morlino

The political power of the communications industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… llowed by Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) at $940,000. New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite her status as a freshman legislator, was next on the list, having …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… cond is Verizon Communications with $12 million, and third is San Antonio, Texas-based SBC Communications Inc. which has paid $11.5 million. (BellSouth Cor …"

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 "commissioner":

"… cations Commission, Michael K. Powell can draw on his experience as an FCC commissioner in trying to navigate the arcane world of telecommunications policy and th …"

"… phone company. FCC spokesman David Fiske told The Public i that, as an FCC commissioner, Powell never recused himself from matters relating to GTE or Verizon, inc …"

"… , agent, attorney, consultant, contractor, or employee." Powell became FCC commissioner 11 months after having worked as an attorney for GTE, according to informa …"

"… ne-year "cooling off" period after his work for GTE.Before becoming an FCC commissioner in November 1997, Powell was chief of staff at the Department of Justice's …"

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 "lawyer":

"… is wife will be advising.The bar's conflict-of-interest rule states that a lawyer shall not represent a client if "the lawyer's professional judgment on beh …"

"… of-interest rule states that a lawyer shall not represent a client if "the lawyer's professional judgment on behalf of the client will be or reasonably may …"

"… ehalf of the client will be or reasonably may be adversely affected by the lawyer's responsibilities to or interests in a third party or the lawyer's own fi …"

"… d by the lawyer's responsibilities to or interests in a third party or the lawyer's own financial, business, property, or personal interests." It is possibl …"

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 "spokesman":

"… allow AT&T to buy MediaOne without breaking federal regulations. FCC spokesman Michael Balmoris told the Center that McCain’s bill had no impact on …"