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Starting in January, FCC officials to hit the road to woo broadcasters to incentive auction

FCC officials are going to conduct more than a dozen field visits from January to mid-April next year with broadcasters to give them more information about the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction. The outreach effort will cover around 50 television markets, and not just the largest ones.

Cisco's Chambers slams Obama's net neutrality stance

Cisco CEO John Chambers used his quarterly results call with analysts to blast President Barack Obama's net neutrality stance, promising to be "very aggressive (in opposition to Title II regulation of the Internet) and try to educate people on all sides about why this is not right," according to a story in  Computer Weekly.

FCC set to unveil pay-TV programming deals on Nov. 17

Major media conglomerates Disney, Fox, CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc., among others, have asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the FCC from publicly disclosing detailed information about programming deals with pay-TV operators.

FCC delays net neutrality decision until next year following Obama's statement

President Barack Obama's statement on net neutrality and Title II reclassification that he issued on Monday is stirring up more heat as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing a compromise on the proposed laws.

AWS-3 spectrum auction primer: What you need to know before the bidding starts

After years of buildup and preparation, on Nov. 13 the FCC will formally kick off Auction 97, better known as the AWS-3 auction. It will be the largest and most consequential auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. 65 MHz of spectrum is going to he be auctioned. Who is going to bid? Who is going to win? And how much money are they going to spend? FierceWireless has compiled a handy primer to consult as the auction gets underway.

FCC's net neutrality vote pushed to 2015 as Wheeler pushes back against Obama

President Obama's strident stance on net neutrality appears to have added even more complexity to an already contentious issue, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly reasserting his independence from the president and attempting to charge ahead with his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue.

Comcast says it agrees with the President on net neutrality … to a point

While the NCTA and a number of its cable-industry constituents have registered shock and dismay regarding President Obama's forceful backing of Title II Internet regulation Monday, the nation's No. 1 cable operator has struck a more conciliatory response.

As Wheeler pushes against Obama, FCC's net neutrality vote delayed until next year

President Barack Obama's reinforced stance on net neutrality, issued Monday, appears to have added even more controversy to an already contentious issue, as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly is reasserting his independent from the president and his plans to attempt a compromise on the issue. The political jostling has forced the FCC to retract its promise to issue new net neutrality rules this year--the commission has confirmed it won't make a judgment on the topic until next year.

AT&T's Stephenson: Iusacell deal will create synergies with Cricket prepaid biz

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he is enthusiastic about the growth prospects for the company in Mexico following the company's announcement of a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Mexican operator Iusacell. He also said that a large portion of the customer base of AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand has personal connections to the Mexican market, and there will be synergies between Cricket and Iusacell.

Deutsche Telekom sets up VC fund amid questions over future government shareholding

Deutsche Telekom is setting up what it claims is one of Europe's largest investment funds, with an eye to boosting German start-ups, as reports emerge suggesting the German state will sell its stake in the operator.