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December 28, 2018 3:53 PM U.S. probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. “The CenturyLink service outage is ... completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling 106

October 24, 2018 8:52 PM FCC to vote to allow U.S. devices to use European navigation system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday it will vote in November to allow U.S. devices to access the European global navigation satellite system known as Galileo, a move that could improve the services Americans use. Galileo is a 10-billion-euro ($11.40-billion) satellite program being developed by the European 115

October 1, 2018 7:34 PM FCC Moves to Free Up More Airwaves

Regulators are proposing to open up airwaves for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi WASHINGTON—Federal regulators are proposing to free up a broad swath of underused airwaves for Wi-Fi and broadband, as part of their efforts to deploy next-generation 5G wireless technology around the U.S., officials said. The move will open up airwaves now used by a range 163

September 26, 2018 9:12 PM FCC OKs Plan for 5G Deployment by Overriding Some Local Rules

Telecoms cheer move, but one FCC commissioner calls it ‘extraordinary federal overreach’ WASHINGTON—Federal regulators approved a plan to speed deployment of next-generation 5G wireless networks around the U.S. by overriding some local rules that could delay deployment. Supporters say Wednesday’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission gives a boost 73

September 14, 2018 10:37 PM FCC Chief Calls Pending California Net-Neutrality Law ‘Illegal,’ Escalating Policy Clash

Consumer advocates say the FCC’s legal position is vulnerable The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission suggested he might take legal action to block California’s net-neutrality bill, ratcheting up a high-profile clash over internet policy. California’s legislature passed its net-neutrality legislation in late August, after the FCC rolled 88

September 12, 2018 3:16 PM FCC Pauses Clock for Reviewing T-Mobile, Sprint Deal

Regulator says it needs more time to review engineering and business information from the companies The Federal Communications Commission paused its informal 180-day clock for reviewing T-Mobile US. Inc.’s takeover of Sprint Corp., saying it needs more time to consider information the wireless carriers have provided. The agency, which started its formal 83

August 27, 2018 11:28 PM Pai Showed Sinclair No Favoritism, FCC Watchdog Finds

Inspector general’s report clears FCC chairman of “lack of impartiality” in proposed Sinclair-Tribune deal Federal Communications Commission regulators displayed no favoritism toward Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. while retooling media-ownership rules, according to a new report from the agency’s inspector general. Two Democratic lawmakers requested the investigation 53

August 9, 2018 3:58 PM Tribune Terminates $3.9 Billion Merger With Rival Sinclair

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had concerns about Sinclair’s submissions and sent it to an administrative-law judge, a blow to the merger’s approval chances Tribune Media Co. terminated its merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group and sued the rival TV-station owner, alleging it failed to make sufficient efforts to get their $3.9 billion deal approved by regulators 46

July 25, 2018 6:33 PM FCC chairman stands by Sinclair Tribune merger review decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday he stands by the decision to refer Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc’s (SBGI.O) $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co (TRCO.N) for review by an administrative law judge despite critical comments from U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump said in a tweet 52

July 25, 2018 5:32 PM Court Rejects Challenge to Relaxed TV-Station Merger Rules

Decision bolsters local broadcasters seeking consolidations, including Sinclair Broadcast Group WASHINGTON—A revised federal rule that eased limits on the size of TV-station groups dodged a challenge on Wednesday, with an appeals court handing down a decision that could bolster local broadcasters—including Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.—seeking approval 78