U.S. FCC approves easing business data service regulations

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April 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications
Commission on Thursday voted 2-1 to significantly ease
regulatory requirements in the $45 billion business data
services market, a win for companies like AT&T <T.N>,
CenturyLink <CTL.N>, Verizon Communications <VZ.N> and others
but could lead to price hikes for many small businesses.
    The vote is a blow to companies like Sprint Corp <S.N> and
others that claim prices for business data are too high and
backed a 2016 plan under President Barack Obama that would have
cut prices but was never approved.

 (Reporting by David Shepardson)
 ((David.Shepardson@thomsonreuters.com; 2028988324;))


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Referenced Symbols: CTL , S , T , VZ

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