Federal Communications Commission

Government Raises $19.8 Billion in Airwaves Auction

The U.S. government raised $19.8 billion in an auction transferring airwave rights from TV broadcasters to companies interested in wireless networks. The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the nation’s airwaves, ran the auction to help wireless networks keep up as people spend more time on smartphones. The biggest spenders were T-Mobile, Comcast and the satellite TV company Dish. The auction,…

U.S. Regulators Aim to Keep The Ban On In-flight Phone Calls

Federal regulators aim to maintain the ban on in-flight cellular calls. The Federal Communications Commission is looking to kill an effort it started in 2013 to give airlines the option of installing on-board cellular equipment for calls and other services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to have enough votes to axe that plan, which he considers “ill-conceived.” Pei says keeping…

Justice Department Approves Deal to Create New Cable Giant

The Justice Department has approved Charter’s bid to buy Time Warner Cable and create another cable giant. Buying Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks will turn Charter Communications, a mid-size cable company, into the country’s No. 2 home Internet provider, after Comcast. The new Charter will be No. 3 in video, trailing Comcast and AT&T, which bought DirecTV last…