The U.S. telephone network the Bell System built and ran for almost a century is dying, replaced by technology that propels Internet messages. Rules underpinning that old order should expire with it, AT&T Inc. says.
AT&T Inc.’s top Washington executive said he’s “troubled” that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants his agency to keep its power to set terms for auctions to free airwaves for smartphones.
AT&T Inc. proposed offering digital- only telephone service in towns in Alabama and Florida as it moves toward abandoning its aging copper-wire network and escaping the U.S. regulation that goes with it.
Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Officer Dan Hesse said the company plans to submit its concerns over AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA to Congress, saying the deal hurts the wireless industry.
AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless moved a step closer to obtaining additional airwaves needed to meet surging consumer demand for smartphones as U.S. lawmakers passed a measure that authorizes sales of wireless spectrum.