It’s time to let television viewers buy individual channels rather than being required to pay for bundles of programming, and to end blackouts of sports events in publicly financed stadiums, U.S. Senator John McCain said.
President Barack Obama named Tom Wheeler, a venture capitalist and former leader of cable and wireless trade groups, to head the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, where he may focus on nurturing mobile technology.
News Corp.’s Fox network will go off the air and become a cable channel if U.S. courts don’t stop Internet startup Aereo Inc. from retransmitting shows like “The Simpsons” without permission, said Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey.
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.
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.
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.
A U.S. regulator said he’d press to pass Internet-service rules for companies led by AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. , setting up a clash with Republican lawmakers who told him Americans recently voted against expansive government.