Federal regulators signed off Wednesday on a plan that would resolve longstanding interference issues between AT&T Inc. and Sirius XM Radio Inc. and allow the wireless giant to expand its high-speed LTE network.
Federal regulators are preparing to clear Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion deal to acquire airwaves from several cable companies including Comcast Corp., according to people close to the negotiations, after the companies reached broad agreement to settle antitrust concerns.
Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission complaint that it inappropriately pressured Google Inc. into blocking access to some applications on Google’s Android mobile store.
The Justice Department is holding up Verizon Wireless’s $3.9 billion deal to acquire cable-company airwaves over concerns a related agreement will hurt competition for broadband Internet service, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department is conducting a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into whether cable companies are acting improperly to quash nascent competition from online video, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $25,000 fine on Google Inc., accusing the search giant of deliberately obstructing an investigation into whether the company violated federal rules when its street-mapping service collected and stored data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks in 2010.
Obama administration officials proposed requiring the Defense Department and other federal agencies to share a chunk of the airwaves they currently use with wireless companies after concluding it could be too expensive and time-consuming to move the federal agencies to other airwaves.
Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. executives defended Verizon’s proposal to buy airwaves from cable companies for $3.6 billion, arguing at a Senate hearing Wednesday that it wouldn’t hurt competition and would improve Verizon’s wireless service.
Wireless carriers could be among the biggest beneficiaries of Congress’s plan to extend the payroll-tax cut because the legislation currently includes a provision to raise billions of dollars by auctioning off television airwaves.