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.

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"… from offering Internet to residents. Now the fight has gone national. The Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., is considering requests from Chattanooga, Tennessee, …"

Chattanooga asks FCC for help in spreading broadband

By Allan Holmes

Industry-backed law prohibits expansion of cities' Internet service

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"… als in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., simultaneously petitioned the Federal Communications Commission Thursday to pre-empt laws in their states that ban the cities from expandi …"

Chattanooga wants feds to pre-empt broadband ban

By Allan Holmes

Tennessee city seeks to expand municipal broadband service, pre-empting industry-backed state ban.

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"… s such as Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications Inc., will petition the Federal Communications Commission in the next couple of months to pre-empt the Tennessee law that prohibits …"

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.

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"… percent. Just last month, T-Mobile and Sprint succeeded in convincing the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that smaller wireless companies had a shot a buying valuable new …"

Comcast-Time Warner deal may hinge on anemic low-cost Internet plan

By Allan Holmes

Comcast Corp. will use heavily criticized broadband program for the poor to persuade regulators to OK Time Warner buyout.

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"… -priced Internet connections and computers to low-income families. But the Federal Communications Commission, which approved the merger, didn’t set any participation requirements, o …"

AT&T, Verizon beat back limits on airwaves auction

By Allan Holmes

Wireless giants face few limits on their buying power at next year's auction of prime spectrum, which could hurt T-Mobile and Sprint.

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"… to stay viable, or they don’t and they need to sell out,” he said. …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

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"… l Institute on Money in State Politics, state campaign finance filings and Federal Communications Commission records. With 31 states electing an attorney general this year — and nin …"

Center wins three awards from Society of Professional Journalists

Two days after the Center is honored with a Pulitzer Prize, it collects three more journalism awards.

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

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

T-Mobile, Sprint score one in wireless war

By Allan Holmes

Revenue from early auctions boosts T-Mobile's and Sprint's campaign for limits on big wireless companies' airwaves access.

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"… ion just got a shot in the arm. A spectrum auction held last month by the Federal Communications Commission, and another planned for the fall will likely raise the $7 billion needed …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

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

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"… t detail that relationship when it submitted three research papers to the Federal Communications Commission arguing against restricting how much spectrum a company can obtain in an a …"

Comcast Foundation's giving to minority groups likely to aid approval of Time Warner buyout

By Jason McLure

Support of minority groups key to cable deal's approval, Comcast foundation has dealt out millions.

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"… support from key minority groups — dozens sent letters of support to the Federal Communications Commission, which must approve the buyout, while it was considering Comcast’s last …"

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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ission for their own mergers and lighter regulation. If that happens, the Federal Communications Commission, which approves such deals, may trade off having a smaller number of cable …"

"… o the Comcast purchase. AT&T and Verizon may use the deal to push the Federal Communications Commission to give the more leeway as they tries to shift from providing Americans tr …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… lobbyists are Christopher Libertelli, a former senior adviser at the Federal Communications Commission; Lisa Kountoupes, former assistant director of the Office of Management an …"

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.

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"… the giants and attract new customers. It needed help in Washington to gain Federal Communications Commission approval to purchase other wireless companies and ensure new policies make …"

Network neutrality debate may be headed back to FCC

By Allan Holmes

An appeals court Tuesday tossed out rules regulating the Internet, but a new battle might take place at the agency level.

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"… ng or slowing Internet traffic. But the court also suggested that the Federal Communications Commission can take another shot at the issue by reconsidering how it regul …"

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.

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"… ngestion on its networks in urban areas. The deals must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department. T-Mobile said it planned to buy more airwaves. …"

Justice for sale in state supreme court elections?

By Bill Buzenberg

Outside groups are funneling more and more money into state races, which is a trend the Center will be following.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ysis of campaign finance reports, tax records and documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Tracking all outside spending is nearly impossible thanks to lax state d …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

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"… ed from campaign finance reports, tax records and documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission — originated outside the election states, mostly from Washington, D.C.-b …"

"… 88,000, according to records filed by Memphis television stations with the Federal Communications Commission. The ads portrayed Phillips as a greedy trial attorney. The total does not …"

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.

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"… unbar contributed to this report.     …"

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

By Michael Beckel

13 Republican senators urge FCC to implement no new disclosure rules.

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"… Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and a dozen of his Republican colleagues have asked the Federal Communications Commission to resist implementing new rules targeting the makers of political adverti …"

Oil industry trade group takes to D.C. airwaves

By Michael Beckel

Ad campaign by American Petroleum Institute targets D.C. media market, records show.

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"… ing the past two weeks, according to records filed by the station with the Federal Communications Commission. That sum has purchased 61 television spots, the documents indicate — a …"

Marriage equality proponents take arguments to the airwaves, courts

By Michael Beckel

Advocates hit D.C. television market with $49,000 blast.

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"… Center for Public Integrity analysis of documents recently filed with the Federal Communications Commission. "Freedom means freedom for everyone," says Craig Stowell, a former Marin …"

FACT CHECK: Conservative response to the State of the Union

By FactCheck.Org

How accurate were Marco Rubio and Rand Paul?

Super Bowl ad cost Mayors Against Illegal Guns $100,000

By Michael Beckel

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns drops $100K on ad during NFL's biggest game of the year, new records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… c Integrity analysis of documents filed by the station to comply with Federal Communications Commission requirements. Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told t …"

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ers in Denver will get a dose of politics during this evening’s program, Federal Communications Commission records indicate. A recently formed group called Americans for a Strong D …"

Obama inauguration sponsors spent millions influencing government

By Dave Levinthal

Obama's inauguration, brought to you in part by corporate America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… f a merger with rival T-Mobile. Microsoft targeted the Justice Department, Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Copyright Office for support in strengthening online piracy and i …"

Court opened door to $933 million in new election spending

By Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Supreme Court decision a boon for media outlets, political pros, investigation shows.

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"… only a fraction of the total spending — usually 15 percent, according to Federal Communications Commission records, with the rest going to media outlets. The winners The top recipi …"

National unions and Chamber of Commerce face off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… oehrig, “but the union is from every city in America.”According to the Federal Communications Commission, Protect our Jobs has ads of its own reserved in major media markets …"

Poverty stretches the digital divide

Those without a broadband connection likely to be lower on economic ladder, and are falling farther behind.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… widening the “digital divide” between rich and poor.The Workshop used Federal Communications Commission data collected from broadband carriers through the end of 2010, the most r …"

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