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Sprint chairman hints again at T-Mobile merger plans, praises John Legere

Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son isn’t giving up on a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, based on his comments at Re/code’s Code Conference. When asked about Sprint’s lackluster LTE coverage, Son said that both Sprint and T-Mobile are lacking the nationwide spectrum needed to compete. “Neither one of them has a sufficient network today,” he said…. Read More

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FCC pushes ahead with plan for Internet ‘fast lane’

The FCC voted today to move forward with rules that would let internet service providers charge companies more for faster access to consumers. The Commission passed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, and has now opened up the rules for public comment. Under the proposed rules, companies like Comcast… Read More

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Nationwide protests planned against FCC to ‘save Internet’; activists gather in Kirkland

Just before the FCC meets on Thursday to unveil proposed rules in regard to how the Internet is regulated, advocates around the country are gathering to protest the FCC’s plan to end net neutrality. Members from MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Free Press will gather outside FCC regional offices in 24 cities nationwide to demonstrate their opposition for a proposed plan that… Read More

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FCC chair: New net neutrality rules coming

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler said in a statement today that the FCC won’t challenge the appellate court ruling in Verizon v. FCC that struck down key parts of the commission’s Open Internet Order, which was designed to ensure net neutrality. However, he said that the FCC is interested in preserving net neutrality going forward, just… Read More

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Sprint steps back from T-Mobile deal following regulators’ public opposition

Sprint executives are reconsidering their bid for T-Mobile following regulatory pressure, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. While Sprint always knew getting a merger approved would be an uphill battle, unnamed sources familiar with the matter told the WSJ that the company wasn’t expecting a strong, swift and very public opposition from regulators. … Read More

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AT&T exec blasts FCC over T-Mobile call center closures

AT&T appears to still be smarting over its failed $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA, a deal that fell apart last December under intense government scrutiny. Now, some of those feelings are being aired via a blog post from AT&T’s Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs. And the reason for… Read More

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Microsoft, Facebook support AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition

[Updated with text of letter below.] Microsoft and Facebook are among eight technology companies that filed a letter tonight in support of AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, as first reported by the New York Times tonight. The gist of their argument: The deal is the best way to expand AT&T’s network capacity… Read More