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Level 3, Birch and BT Americas say FCC has power to regulate ILEC special access rates

Level 3, Birch and BT Americas, three dominant U.S. competitive telcos, say that the FCC has broad power to adopt regulations governing rates for incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) special access services.

CWA says 10 Mbps broadband requirement should apply to Lifeline program

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has joined the rallying cry for the Federal Communications Commission to modernize the Lifeline affordable phone service program by adopting the 10/1 Mbps broadband speed standard that the regulator has already set as the minimum speed providers should deliver to consumers.

Verizon passes on $144M in CAF II funding as wireline asset sale rumors swirl

Verizon is not accepting funding of $144 million total per year for six years to expand broadband in the rural areas it serves from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), fueling new rumors that it's considering a sale of another large piece of its wireline asset portfolio.

NAB, others sue to block FCC's ruling on 'effective competition' for cable operators

The National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) the local Minnesota Franchise Authority have filed suit in federal court in order to stop a June "effective competition" ruling, which presumes competition for cable operators in every market.

Nokia Networks lobbies for 70, 80 GHz bands for mmWave, 5G

Nokia Networks is pressing the FCC to consider 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz, along with other millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, for 5G as part of the FCC's proceeding that looks at the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz.

NCTA: FCC's Downloadable Security Committee 'veers off course' with AllVid support

An FCC advisory committee has presented the agency with several different software-based options for securing MVPD video content on retail devices.

Sinclair says FCC actually 'delayed' new deal with Dish, didn't help lead to it

Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.

Service outage reporting should apply to subsea networks, too, Wheeler says

The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking during its monthly meeting in September.

AT&T takes $427M in CAF II funding, sets plan to bring wireline, wireless broadband to 18 states

AT&T has joined fellow Tier 1 telco CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications and others in accepting $427 million annually in phase two of the FCC Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program, allowing it reach 2.2 million rural locations in 18 of the 21 states in its operating territory with broadband services.

AT&T awarded $250K judgment from sham CLECs

AT&T has been awarded a $250,000 judgment from three fake CLECs that were created to bill service providers for services they never provided.