Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bankers Association":

"… and Wells Fargo ($1.6 million from $1.4 million) led the way, although the American Bankers Association and Financial Services Roundtable posted lobbying declines. Meanwhile, to …"

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 "Wireless":

"… its investigation Friday morning, March 21st, under the headline: “Wireless companies fight for their futures: A rare auction of valuable frequencies …"

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 Wireless":

"… ion. The $2.4 billion T-Mobile deal to purchase valuable frequencies from Verizon Wireless announced yesterday gives AT&T another concrete example to cite in its …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… Industries, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., Visa Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute were also down. But prompted in part by roiling debate over a national fa …"

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

By Dave Levinthal

The nonprofit National Association for Gun Rights spent $3 million lobbying last quarter, far more than the better-known NRA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Electric":

"… those spending less is a who’s who of Capitol Hill heavies. It includes General Electric, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Google, Coca- …"

Gun groups, defense contractors buck downward trend in lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and Facebook increased spending on lobbying last quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nter for Public Integrity analysis of congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. A slight majority of them also spent less on lobbying fro …"

Center spearheads efforts to disclose broadband data

By Drew Clark

Telco deployment by ZIP Code at issue in legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Technology":

"… he importance of competitiveness, we should have one," Ciconni said at the Technology Policy Summit.Verizon Communications Executive Vice President Tom Tauke di …"

"… claration filed by Alan Feldman, acting chief of the Industry Analysis and Technology Division in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau.In its April 8 filing, t …"

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 "trade":

"… data.AT&T, Verizon Communications and three leading telecommunications trade groups filed court papers seeking to intervene or comment on the Center's …"

"… f the broadband data. Wireless Communications Association International, a trade group representing a range of wireless broadband service providers, said t …"

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank of America":

"… $105,000.00$8,200.00AT&T$7,142,507.00$19,550.00$12,176,649.00$54,215.00Bank of America $41,952.00$233,550.00Bristol-Myers Squibb Company$7,402.00$57,050.00C …"

Baby Bells paying to play

By John Dunbar

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Antonin Scalia":

"… e ruling upholding the FCC's power to implement local competition. Justice Antonin Scalia described the act as a "model of ambiguity or indeed even self-contradicti …"

The Clinton top 100: Where are they now?

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2003 — Two years after they left the federal government and one year after a ban that limited their lobbying activitie

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… any domestic interest for five years after leaving government.”Candidate Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, also vowed to discourage the practice, which h …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… ious communities across the country. GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon Communications, now the nation's largest local phone company. FCC spokesman David Fiske t …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… rmation hearing that she had divested herself of sizable stock holdings in Verizon Communications and Motorola, each worth between $15,000 and $50,000, and in AT&T, wor …"

When the Democrats wined and dined, here's who paid the piper

By Josey Ballenger

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2000 — Anyone who thought the Democratic National Convention was only about presidential nominee Al Gore must have

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… ggest donors (followed by a midnight dinner with the president, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and selected celebrities), Sat., August 12Host: OthersEnt …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… prohibited from charging Internet companies for faster delivery. President Barack Obama said the FCC, which is expected to unveil its proposed Internet rules earl …"

'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

By Dave Levinthal

AT&T hires a top GSA official, then and scores a lucrative service contract with the agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… not involve a communication to or an appearance before an employee of the United States.” Coleman, whose official title is client executive vice president of A …"

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 "Telecommunications":

"… ycle, according to the money in state politics institute. Going to court Telecommunications companies aren’t hesitant to spend millions of dollars on lawsuits to ki …"

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

"… r bill passed, Avila spoke at the 2011 meeting of the North Carolina Cable Telecommunications Association in Asheville, in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains, where Avila …"

"… the FCC’s regulatory powers in deploying broadband as stated in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Silberman, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, not …"

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 "T-Mobile USA":

"… sions here regarding the reserved spectrum provisions.” …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "consumer groups":

"… frequencies expected to be up for sale. The agency was under pressure by consumer groups and smaller wireless carriers such as T-Mobile Inc. and Sprint Corp. to ca …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chairman":

"… n use during emergencies, according to Phil Verveer, senior counsel to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Verveer’s comments were published in the trade journal Broa …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… wireless market and the hundreds of billions of dollars that go with it. Verizon Communications Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. were out in force, as were some of the most pow …"

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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… ed more than 350 lobbyists, 14 of whom were former members of Congress. Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable operator, spent almost $14 million dur …"

"… s is the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, which includes Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc. as members. NCTA spent $13.3 million in the fir …"

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 "Ed Markey":

"… reat to someone's life.The information was collected by Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey. He said laws need to be updated to ill protect people's Fourth Amendment …"

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

Who will map U.S. broadband?

By Te-Ping Chen

There’s a $350 million slice of pie in President Obama’s stimulus plan that watchdog groups are starting to eye with concern. At stake is th

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… ly well-positioned for the job: Connected Nation.Last July, AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and other companies issued a letter backing public-private partnersh …"

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 "wireless industry":

"… ica Zufolo of Medley Global Advisors, was “unprecedented.” The wireless industry opposed the rules, and ended up filing a suit in federal court seeking to …"

"… spectrum, which raised more questions — this time about whether the wireless industry is competitive enough. Media ownership and network neutrality But allo …"