Investor Mario Gabelli, Ntelos Holdings Corp. and telephone companies in Vermont and Wyoming are among 33 applicants that may compete with Dish Network Corp. to win airwaves at a U.S. auction beginning in January.
Dish Network Corp., trading at a 13- year high, is on its way to creating $5 billion or more in added value from a series of airwaves gambits that position the satellite-TV provider as a force in mobile broadband.
AT&T Inc.’s $1.2 billion deal to buy Leap Wireless International Inc. would probably win approval from U.S. regulators, who may demand the company give up airwaves where its holdings surpass federal benchmarks.
Regulators in Washington probably won’t heed Time Warner Cable Inc.’s call for help in a dispute that has blocked CBS Corp. television shows from more than 3 million subscribers in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
U.S. regulators next month may write rules governing how companies led by AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. provide Internet service, deciding on an issue that has divided the technology and telecommunications industries and provoked political debate.
News Corp. remains unlikely to lose its U.S. broadcast licenses even as the FBI investigates phone- hacking allegations, according to analysts who caution that the ongoing probe heightens the company’s potential risk.
President Barack Obama said expanding high-speed Internet networks will help the U. S . compete economically with other countries and pledged to spend more than $15 billion on wireless systems for emergency networks and expanded access to mobile service.
Verizon Wireless’s $3.6 billion plan to buy airwaves from cable providers has raised concerns with U.S. regulators that the purchase may harm competition in the wireless market, three people familiar with the matter said.