Auto and technology companies are battling over a slice of coveted radio waves, with carmakers arguing the potential for lifesaving crash-avoidance systems should take precedence over more Wi-Fi for Web data and video.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he’s resigning in the coming weeks, opening a second vacancy on the five-member U.S. agency that regulates telephone, cable and broadcast companies.
As it fights to reclaim the power to require equal treatment of Internet traffic, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has two paths in a regulatory battle pitting phone carriers against Web companies.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he expects LightSquared Inc. to eventually win approval for using its airwaves, after it was blocked by the regulators on concern they would interfere with global-positioning system signals.
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, made an important speech last week calling for at least one “gigabit city” in all 50 states by 2015. For the U.S. to maintain its leadership in innovation, he said, a critical mass of communities must have networks capable of ultrahigh Internet-access speeds.
A move to make it easier for companies to own U.S. daily newspapers and nearby broadcast stations has stalled amid partisan tension that could prevent deals between companies such as Tribune Co. and News Corp.
U.S. regulators will claim authority over companies offering Internet access in a setback for AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. and a win for Web content providers such as Google Inc. , Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc.
AT&T Inc.’s $39 billion bid for T- Mobile USA Inc. faces a new roadblock as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski asked commissioners to send the proposal to an agency judge for a hearing.