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Verizon's EVP and strategic policy advisor Milch to retire; Silliman assumes duties

Verizon Communications' executive vice president of global public policy and communications, Randal Milch, announced he is retiring from the company later this month.

AT&T-DirecTV deal nears closure, still A-OK with regulators

Performing yet another heat check on the smooth-sailing AT&T-DirecTV merger proposal, the  Wall Street Journal  reports that regulator closure is just weeks away and that the FCC and the Justice Department still have no major issues with it.

Dish's designated entities in AWS-3 auction get knocked by NAACP, CWA and others

Petitions are rolling in to the FCC to deny a $3.3 billion discount to two designated entities that partnered with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction.

LG Uplus demonstrates faster LTE using LTE-U

LG Uplus last week showed off its new LTE in Unlicensed spectrum (LTE-U) network, demonstrating its ability to transmit data at speeds up to 600 Mbps.

FCC denies requests from AT&T, CenturyLink, others to delay implementing net neutrality rules

The FCC has denied petitions from a group of service providers and industry groups to suspend the regulator's net neutrality rules from going into effect on June 12.

TracFone leans on FCC to make changes to Lifeline program

Executives from América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, met last week with FCC officials to press their position on what reforms the agency should make to its Lifeline phone program. TracFone, one of the nation's largest providers of Lifeline service, proposed reforms that would make it easier to track Lifeline enrollees' information but in some cases make it tougher for them to be purged from customer rolls.

Survey paid for by TracFone-funded group finds support among older Americans for maintaining Lifeline program

A survey paid for by a group that has financial ties to América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, found that older Americans strongly support the federal government's Lifeline program. TracFone is one of the nation's largest providers of Lifeline phone service. The survey is being trumpeted as new questions are being raised about the Lifeline program's effectiveness.

Appeals court clears way for AT&T-DirecTV review, throws out FCC order on program contracts

A federal appeals court finally decided a matter that had been bogging down the regulatory reviews of big pay-TV mergers for months. According to Reuters, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit threw out an FCC order demanding that pay-TV operators unveil their licensing deals with programming companies.

FCC moving forward with basic 600 MHz auction framework, but spectrum reserve remains unclear

The FCC is moving forward with the basic framework it proposed for the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that was released in June 2014 with a few minor technical changes. However, there are still major issues the commission needs to address, including how much spectrum will be set aside for smaller carriers to bid on.

USTelecom taps GVTC's Hunt to be board chairman, replaces CenturyLink's Davis

USTelecom has appointed Robert Hunt, vice president of regulatory and business operations for Texas-based independent telco GVTC, as chairman of its board of directors.