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.

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 …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "driver":

"… 500 to Front Row Motor Sports as part of its sponsorship of driver Tony Raines' NASCAR car. Santorum, a vocal advocate of a federal …"

‘Outsider’ candidate Santorum collected millions in corporate PAC money

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Santorum took on 'special interests' while collecting millions in corporate PAC money

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… e biggest corporate interests in the country. The anti-tax lobbying group Club for Growth rates Santorum’s record on economic issues in the U.S. Senate as “abov …"

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, …"

The 700 (MHz) Club

By Brendan McGarry

When lobbying the FCC, sometimes less is more

Excerpts from this story referencing "Janice Obuchowski":

"… d its lobbyists gain repeated access to the agency's inner sanctum: Hundt, Janice Obuchowski, who served as secretary of the National Telecommunications and Informatio …"

Nice work if you can get it

By John Dunbar

Political patronage rules in state utility commissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "speaker":

"… rmer House member, from 1972 to 1995; and Mark C. Christie, counsel to the speaker of the House from 2000 to 2004, and a former gubernatorial staffer.In seco …"

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":

"… 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 …"

Group wants truth in cell phone billing

By Morgan Jindrich

Wireless firms bill clients $937 million for 'federal recovery fees'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Wireless":

"… .5 MillionUS CellularRegulatory Cost Recovery Charges$0.55$0.55$2.3 MillionVerizon WirelessRegulatory Charge$0.05$0.45++$14.6 MillionWestern WirelessRegulatory and Ad …"

"… e item fee to cover the costs of number portability. Two of the companies, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, Inc., have begun charging fees.NASUCA filed its petition …"

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 "Verizon Wireless":

"… little 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 …"

"… ns Inc. 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. …"

"… sed to disclose their implementation costs to the Center. Five companies—Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS Corp., Nextel, T-Mobile USA, and ALLTEL—would not disclose t …"

"… e wireless companies resisted offering the service. Then, four months ago, Verizon Wireless abruptly broke away from its fellow wireless carriers and endorsed impleme …"