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Consumer coalition asks for stricter broadband privacy rules

A coalition of 60 consumer groups have asked the FCC to adopt rules that require large ISPs to protect personal data collected and shared without their consent.

Public Knowledge: Pay-TV customers overpaying on set-tops by $6 billion to $14 billion

Public Knowledge and the Consumer Federation of America have taken highly speculative data on just how much revenue pay-TV operators are making from leasing set-tops, and extrapolated it to one fuzzy level higher.

T-Mobile continues to fight AT&T's efforts to acquire low-band spectrum in rural areas

T-Mobile continued to urge the FCC to deny AT&T's request to acquire low-band spectrum in a handful of rural markets, claiming the move is "AT&T's latest attempt to raise its rivals' costs at the expense of consumers."

Netflix: We're cool with Binge On, jury is out on FreeBee

T-Mobile has caught some flak lately for its Binge On service, but Netflix has no problem with the zero-rated data offering. Netflix has yet to weigh in on Verizon's new FreeBee program, however.

Verizon calls cable operators a wild card in the business services market

Verizon says that cable operators' efforts to build fiber networks to deliver Ethernet and IP-based services will enable them to compete in 77.1 percent of the carrier's wireline markets.

Cuba removed from FCC exclusion list, opening door for more U.S.-based CSPs

The FCC has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening up opportunities for U.S.-based communications service providers to offer traditional telephone and Internet services to the country without needing to get separate approval from the regulator.

Verizon expands into sponsored content with FreeBee Data

Verizon finally unveiled FreeBee Data, a sponsored data offering that allows content providers to pay for the delivery of their services to consumers.

Verizon argues for combining 37 GHz, 39 GHz into single band for 5G

In its latest lobbying efforts at the FCC, Verizon is reiterating the importance of the spectrum bands above 24 GHz to help jumpstart 5G deployment, but it's also arguing for the FCC to combine the 37 GHz band with the 39 GHz band to create a single 3 GHz band of contiguous spectrum, with channels at least 200 MHz wide.

AT&T bolsters LTE coverage in Texas with Peoples Wireless' 700 MHz spectrum

The FCC approved AT&T's purchase of two 700 MHz licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. AT&T said the action would allow the carrier to deploy 10x10 MHz LTE carrier aggregation in the state to improve its coverage and its network performance.

Frontier says it costs over $1B for carriers to provide rural voice services

Frontier, a telco that has a large rural presence, estimates that providing services in these hard-to-reach areas costs service providers over $1 billion.