AT&T has called a proposed $100 million fine levied against it by the FCC for alleged throttling "unprecedented and indefensible."
A San Francisco federal court has set a Dec. 5 trial date for a case in which the FTC accuses DirecTV of misleading customers.
AT&T said it has officially closed on its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV following FCC approval of the transaction. The news brings to a close a review process that lasted over a year.
AT&T's proposed $49 billion purchase of DirecTV has cleared its final hurdle, according to Reuters, which reported that at least three of the FCC's five commissioners have voted to approve the deal.
It looks as though unlikely allies have their limits. Earlier this month, a diverse coalition of broadcasters and unlicensed spectrum advocates rallied to get the FCC to reject a staff recommendation on a "duplex gap" plan related to next year's incentive auction. Now the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), while saying it still prefers the compromise worked out more than a year ago, is suggesting another compromise--one that unlicensed spectrum advocates are not so keen on.
On the same day lawmakers introduced legislation intended to secure connected cars from hacking and protect drivers' privacy, Wired published a report on how hackers were able to take advantage of an existing car's in-car technology system that relies on Sprint's cellular network.
Speaking to a Congressional subcommittee panel, media and telecommunications industry analyst Craig Moffett said federal regulators should look at controlling "soaring" program costs in order to spur investment in broadband.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recommended that the five-member agency approve AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, clearing the penultimate regulatory hurdle for the deal, first proposed in May 2014, to finally be approved.
The FCC is set to announce that it has signed off on AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, ending a 14-month regulatory process.
Jubilant in the wake of a U.S. District Court ruling which found that FilmOn X can be considered a cable company, CEO Alki David took time to gloat about the OTT provider's victory, taking a jab at both broadcasters and defunct over-the-air streaming service Aereo.