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 "Internet":

"… f “network neutrality” that aggravated activists but made providers of Internet services cheer. Morial’s column in The Hill newspaper reflected a posit …"

"… position on the issue — which is about whether all content sent over the Internet be treated equally — that was very much the same as that of David Cohen, …"

"… d Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest Internet service provider. It’s not unusual that Comcast would make that argumen …"

"… ecision to speak out had more to do with money and relationships than with Internet policy. It turns out that Cohen has sat on the Urban League’s board of …"

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 "Comcast":

"… ’s three largest telecommunications companies — AT&T, Charter, and Comcast Corp. — tried to convince Republican leaders to relegate the measure to …"

"… spread of municipal broadband networks. For more than a decade, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable Inc., and CenturyLink Inc. have spent millions of dolla …"

"… m not saying we haven’t,” Stephenson said. “I just don’t know.” Comcast, the second-largest campaign contributor among telecommunications companie …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… ctrum lobbying. McFadden, Executive Director of External Communications at Verizon Communications, was among those who hadn’t responded to Allan’s multiple interview re …"

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 "National Association of Broadcasters":

"… at support the auction, had the second most meetings with the FCC, and the National Association of Broadcasters, which may lose members if stations choose to sell their frequencies, was …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… lic Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group in Washington. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., the biggest wireless companies, are likely to lie low for the same r …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… . 2 wireless carrier AT&T spent $15.9 million on lobbying in 2013, and Verizon Communications Inc., the largest, doled out $13.4 million. T-Mobile's sharp increases be …"

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 "New York":

"… youth leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Rochester, New York. He earned a law degree from Georgetown in 1983, and after the FCC under …"

"… doch’s News Corp., the parent of Fox Broadcasting Co. and the owner of a New York City television station, from gaining a waiver from the cross-ownership ru …"

"… on station, from gaining a waiver from the cross-ownership rule to buy the New York Post—the same rule Honig now favors eliminating. In 1991, on behalf of …"

"… roperties. In 2008, Mega Communications, a Spanish radio network owned by New York art collector Adam Lindemann, donated a Tampa Bay area AM station to MMTC. …"

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 "George H.W. Bush":

"… he merger: www.mobilizeeverything.com.Cicconi, a former aide to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Reagan, did not respond to interview requests. The company also did no …"

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 "Universal Service Fund":

"… n from the broadcast lobby. Martin also made some progress reforming the Universal Service Fund — a giant pot of money paid into by phone subscribers to subsidize p …"

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 services":

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

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… lied to the administrative appeal.The case, Center for Public Integrity v. Federal Communications Commission, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ca …"

"… posed Order by FCC 4/24/2007Order by Judge HuvelleORDER granting Defendant Federal Communications Commission's Unopposed Motion for Enlargement of Time. Defendant shall file its reply …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… 13.8 million, two-year total in 2004 fighting construction of a stadium in New York City that was to be the new home of the National Football League's New Yor …"

"… ew York City that was to be the new home of the National Football League's New York Jets. In addition to being the nation's sixth-largest cable television sys …"

"… .2 million.The state most lobbied, according to the Center's research, was New York, with $17.6 million spent there (thanks largely to Cablevision). Second wa …"

"… orida at $7.1 million, Illinois at $5.8 million, Texas at $4.9 million and New York at $3.9 million.Not surprisingly, California, with 35 million residents, i …"

Bells vs. AT&T

By Daniel Lathrop

Telephone companies spend hundreds of millions to influence policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… 36,568.Tauzin personally took trips home to New Orleans and to a number of California locales, including San Diego and Palm Springs, at a cost of $6,894 to the …"

"… ost of $6,894 to the industry. Tauzin's wife Cecile accompanied him on the California outings, while son Michael went along on one of the trips to New Orleans.A …"

Networks of influence

By John Dunbar, Daniel Lathrop and Robert Morlino

The political power of the communications industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… munications industry sectors that control the information pipelines in the United States – broadcasting, cable television and telecommunications. Researchers als …"

"… ce policies that affect how electronic communications are regulated in the United States. The survey took roughly eight months and involved the work of as many as …"

"… 02 trips since 2000 worth $198,727. Second was another lobbying group, the United States Telecom Association, with 62 trips at $106,689. Third was SBC Communicatio …"

"… nducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world.This project was made possible thanks to funding from …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "cellular telephone":

"… there is by the FCC. Local telephone service providers are fined more than cellular telephone service providers, for example. The cellular industry is largely unregulat …"

"… there is one key public safety issue that comes up often. The FCC requires cellular telephone companies to implement "enhanced" 911 services, which allows emergency veh …"

"… ing this service account for virtually all FCC enforcement actions against cellular telephone companies.Since 1999, the FCC has issued about $5.56 million in paid fines …"

"… ght become a moot point in a few years. Roughly 145 million Americans have cellular telephones today, according to the industry, and many are forgoing the old home phon …"

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 "Department of Justice":

"… ing an FCC commissioner in November 1997, Powell was chief of staff at the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, headed at the time by Joel Klein. Powell submitted a …"

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 "Wireless":

"… and Senkowski's lobbying clients, and one now regulated by Victory's NTIA.Wireless phone carriers such as AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, Verizon and Cingular …"

"… e now regulated by Victory's NTIA.Wireless phone carriers such as AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, Verizon and Cingular have been pressing the government to all …"

"… ht as well as infrared, ultraviolet, and radio and television wavelengths. Wireless data services and other advanced Wireless applications typically occupy up …"

"… nced Wireless applications typically occupy upper portions of the spectrum.Wireless carriers tout 3G as the next generation of Wireless revenue, which could i …"

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 "director":

"… rect company donations. John W. Timmons, McCain’s former legislative director, is now a top lobbyist for the telecom behemoth. Moreover, several AT& …"