Urban League parrots telecom donors' net-neutrality stance

By Allan Holmes and John Dunbar

Civil rights group calls for lighter Internet regulation that would benefit telecommunications donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… was very much the same as that of David Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest Internet service provider. It’s not unusu …"

"… the nation’s largest Internet service provider. It’s not unusual that Comcast would make that argument, but it seemed a little odd that the Urban League …"

"… sat on the Urban League’s board of trustees since 2008. In addition, the Comcast Foundation, headed by Cohen, gave the National Urban League and some of it …"

"… upporter,” said the Urban League in an emailed statement to the Center. Comcast, when asked about the financial assistance, was indignant. To suggest that …"

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 "Wake County":

"… cted to the North Carolina General Assembly in 2010, Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Wake County Republican, introduced a bill that would prevent cities from building or e …"

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 "Congress":

"… n November, needs to bring about $30 billion for the FCC to meet the goals Congress set in the law authorizing the sale, telecommunications analysts said. The …"

"… emaining spectrum goes straight to the Treasury, and Wheeler can then tell Congress what a great job he did. They will all be happy with him. That kind of pro …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ket, respectively, according to the report. Competition or revenue? When Congress ordered the FCC in 2012 to hold the spectrum auction, the goals were to in …"

"… $2.8 million in 2013. The spending pays for lobbyists to visit members of Congress, or to urge them to call or write the agency. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., …"

"… bert Latta from Ohio, received among the largest campaign contributions in Congress from AT&T’s and Verizon’s PACs for the 2012 elections — a total …"

"… ary of commerce in the Clinton administration and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ economic research arm — published a  …"

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 "Internet":

"… stead of fighting the deal — which would create a cable TV and broadband Internet provider with 30 million customers and a television network — rivals lik …"

"… such deals, may trade off having a smaller number of cable television and Internet service providers for agreements that the remaining companies won’t bloc …"

"… roviders for agreements that the remaining companies won’t block or slow Internet traffic for their personal gain. That’s the guarantee of a free and open …"

"… traffic for their personal gain. That’s the guarantee of a free and open Internet that President Obama has pursued since being first elected in 2008. Chart …"

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 "Deutsche Telekom":

"… second quarter of 2011, shortly after AT&T announced it planned to buy Deutsche Telekom AG’s 67 percent ownership stake in T-Mobile for $39 billion. In August 2 …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… e TBN stations, but in 2011 MMTC sold 78 of the stations for $390,000 to a Tennessee company run by broadcast entrepreneur Henry Luken, whose holdings include …"

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 "T-Mobile":

"… 500,000 subpoenas in 2011. Requests are increasing annually at Verizon and T-Mobile. And AT&T has a dedicated team of more than 100 workers whose job it i …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… hy the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter and clinic in Louisiana, would lobby the Federal Communications Commission.“It is important that …"

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 "Comcast":

"… households nationwide. The rule prevents the largest cable companies, like Comcast Corp., from growing much larger. Martin also attempted — ultimatel …"

"… ver, Martin found himself friends with the Democratic commissioners again. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company and a major provider of high-spe …"

"… ork. Peer-to-peer software is often used to upload very large video files. Comcast’s action was in violation of the agency’s policy statement on …"

"… he two Democrats in finding the company guilty, though no fine was issued. Comcast, which maintained that the policy statement was not enforceable, said that …"

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 "Comcast":

"… households nationwide. The rule prevents the largest cable companies, like Comcast Corp., from growing much larger.Martin also attempted — ultimately unsuc …"

"… ver, Martin found himself friends with the Democratic commissioners again. Comcast, the nation's largest cable company and a major provider of high-speed Int …"

"… ork. Peer-to-peer software is often used to upload very large video files. Comcast's action was in violation of the agency's policy statement on "network neu …"

"… he two Democrats in finding the company guilty, though no fine was issued. Comcast, which maintained that the policy statement was not enforceable, said that …"

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

By Drew Clark

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

More cities offering wireless Internet access

By David Baumgarten

Bells call it unfair competition

Excerpts from this story referencing "Broadband":

"… .J., offered a bill opposing Sessions' on June 22. The proposed "Community Broadband Act of 2005" would explicitly allow local governments to offer municipal w …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… utspent chief rival AT&T in an attempt to win favor with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies.Combined, telecommunications companies have …"

Networks of influence

By John Dunbar, Daniel Lathrop and Robert Morlino

The political power of the communications industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ford Foundation":

"… around the world.This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Ford Foundation and partial funding from the Open Society Institute. …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile USA":

"… appealed and lowered to $2 million, which AT&T Wireless paid.Overall, T-Mobile USA has paid the most at $2.35 million. AT&T Wireless is second at $2.1 mi …"

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 "Wireless":

"… consistency in those estimates or in the fees charged.For example, Verizon Wireless Inc.—by far the largest Wireless company in the country, with 32.5 milli …"

"… its cost for implementing the change at $60 million.In contrast, Cingular Wireless LLC, the country's second-largest Wireless company with nearly 22 million …"

"… estimates it will spend $100 million for 10.6 million subscribers. Verizon Wireless estimates it will spend only $60 million for its 32.5 million subscribers. …"

"… e company considers to be a portability expense. John Muleta, chief of the Wireless Bureau at the FCC, said that a company might say it is spending $200 milli …"

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 "Kansas":

"… long-distance market: Verizon in New York and SBC Communications in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.Like all major telecommunication companies, Verizon has myria …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… d on April 26 that it intended to purchase MediaOne for about $60 billion, Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard said his agency would give the deal “very c …"