DealBook: Options for Rivals in Wake of AT&T’s Bid for DirecTV

Few industries have been as embroiled in merger mania as telecommunications. Now, with another mega-deal in the works, will there be even more consolidation among others?

Digital Music Service to Pose New Challenge to Subscription Model

A new company will sell licensed smartphones that allow users unlimited free music downloads, hiding the price of the music in that of the phone.

F.C.C. to Free Airwaves for Wi-Fi and Wireless Broadband

The commission is trying to ease the congestion that leads to dropped calls and slow loading of online material. It also acted to help curb the cost of cable television service.


Advertising: At Big on Mars, Trying to Get a Handle on Tomorrow’s Tech

Digitaria is starting a unit devoted to mobile technology in another example of efforts on Madison Avenue to keep up with the fast-changing landscape.


New Rules to Reshape Telecom in Mexico

The country’s recently created telecommunications regulator issued tough new conditions that could break up virtual monopolies in phone service and television broadcasting.


Advertising: Examining a Generation Tied to Smartphones

AT&T is introducing a major effort that highlights how connected young Americans are to their devices.


Wireless System Could Offer a Private Fast Lane

The technology, called pCell, is one of many techniques that companies are looking at to address the rising public appetite for mobile data, especially video.


Wikipedia vs. the Small Screen

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that depends on readers to create and edit its articles, is concerned about whether they will continue to do so on mobile devices.


TV Stations in Los Angeles to Share a Channel to Free Up Spectrum

The experiment is intended to show the extent to which broadcast channels can be squeezed together on the electromagnetic spectrum without degrading signal quality.


F.C.C. to Weigh Allowing Cellphone Use on Flights

The Federal Communications Commission’s plan is already opposed by many passengers and by flight attendants, although some airlines in Asia and Europe already offer cell service.


On a New Jersey Islet, Twilight of the Landline

After Hurricane Sandy, Verizon said it was too expensive to replace landlines in Mantoloking. The move may presage the end of the lines across the nation.


Selling Secrets of Phone Users to Advertisers

Advertisers and tech companies are finding new ways to track us on our smartphones and reach us with individualized ads.


Tool Kit: Devices Lead the Way to a Smarter TV

While change is coming to the television set, for now the best way to get access to online video is through game consoles and other devices like Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.


F.C.C. Is Told Verizon Underpaid Data Refunds

A lawyer told the Federal Communications Commission that Verizon might have collected more than $240 million from false charges, more than four times the amount it agreed to refund.


F.C.C. Nominee Favors Competition Over Regulation

Tom Wheeler, President Obama’s choice to lead the agency, said its support of competition was especially important because of Americans’ dependence on communications networks.


F.C.C. Spectrum Auction Brings Fight Over Rules

The suggestion that some auction participants could get favored treatment in a spectrum auction has spawned a dispute.


Advertising: FEMA Promotes Its Wireless Emergency Alert System

The agency is releasing radio, television and digital ads to educate the public about the system, which began two years ago.


The Media Equation: Telecom’s Big Players Hold Back the Future

A law school professor is on a permanent campaign to argue that the telecom and cable industry has been overtaken by monopolists who resist innovation and overcharge consumers.


Travelers Increasingly Demand High-Quality Wi-Fi

Mobile devices grow more powerful by the day, and hotels, airports and airlines are struggling to keep up with customer demand for high-quality Wi-Fi service.


F.T.C. Takes Aim at Unwarranted Cellphone Charges

The Federal Trade Commission announced its first mobile cramming case, accusing a company of taking advantage of consumers by tacking unwarranted charges onto their phone bills.