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FCC under fire for collection of proposed fines against AT&T, TracFone and others

According to a recent Politico article, lawmakers are concerned that the FCC hasn't yet collected fines against some telecommunications companies. For example, the FCC has announced fines against the likes of AT&T Mobility and others, but hasn't yet collected those fines.

Charter's TWC, Bright House deals may not close until June because of California regulators, analysts say

Multiple analysts are now predicting that Charter's proposed dual takeover of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks won't close until June, thanks largely to hang-ups with California regulators.

Dish continues to hammer on Charter-TWC-Bright House merger

The merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks will put too much ISP marketshare in the hands of just two cable companies (Comcast would be the other one) and the deal should be rejected, according to Dish Network. The company made its claims in another filing to the FCC on the topic.

Analysts: T-Mobile likely to win over consumers with Binge On video streaming offer

T-Mobile US' Binge On video streaming plan, in which video quality is optimized down to 480p but the streams from 24 different video services don't count against customers' data buckets, will help T-Mobile gain market share, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Meanwhile, Binge On received a cautious endorsement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said yesterday it promotes innovation and competition but that the agency would be keeping an eye on the program and how it affects consumers and the market.

Comcast: Stream TV is IP-cable and shouldn't count against data usage limits

Comcast said its new Xfinity Stream TV product is an "IP-cable" service running over a managed network that should not, per FCC guidelines, factor into data usage limits the MSO is testing in certain parts of the country.

Verizon says unbundling 64 Kbps voice channels over fiber will impede copper retirement

Verizon has responded to a recent filing made by competitive provider Granite Communications opposing USTelecom's petition for forbearance on providing voice-grade channels on fiber loops, saying it could delay future migrations from copper to fiber.

Frontier, Duke Energy ask FCC to dismiss pole attachment suit

Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014.

FCC's Pai: USF rules hamper rural providers' broadband investments

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai remains concerned that there are too many rules in place that make it difficult for rural service providers to invest in their networks to deliver higher speed broadband services.

Charter: 'We provide our customers' modems for free'

Charter Communications is coming under fire for what critics say is a unique policy of including modem leasing fees in the overall price of high-speed Internet service.

NTIA sets up portal to coordinate sharing of 1695-1710 MHz portion of the AWS-3 band

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched a new online portal that lets carriers and federal agencies coordinate spectrum use in the 1695-1710 MHz band, one of three bands recently made available in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The new NTIA portal fulfills an important requirement to enable sharing in the 1695-1710 MHz portion of the band.