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Pai calls for end to NFL's cable, satellite blackout rules

Sports fans have an ally in FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who is taking on the powerful National Football League for them. Pai, speaking at a news conference in Buffalo, called NFL blackout rules "outdated" and said he'd like his fellow commissioners to do something about it.

Comcast-TWC critics look askance at $130K fete for FCC's Clyburn

Even as the FCC and other regulatory bodies continue to review Comcast's $45.2 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable, the two companies plan to spend more than $130,000 on a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, multiple reports say.

T-Mobile wants FCC to reserve up to half of all 600 MHz spectrum for smaller carriers

T-Mobile US thinks the FCC's decision to reserve up to 30 MHz of spectrum for smaller carriers in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum is not sufficient. The carrier wants the FCC to set aside at least half of all of the spectrum that is cleared in a given market for smaller carriers, and argues setting aside just 30 MHz of the low-band airwaves for smaller carriers is "insufficient to protect competition or meaningfully advance the stated goal of ensuring four robustly competitive nationwide carriers."

Lawmakers urge FCC to consider national security in Neustar fight with Ericsson's Telcordia

Key lawmakers have told the FCC not to ignore national security concerns when deciding on which company should manage a major telephone-numbers management contract that has pitted U.S.-based Neustar against Ericsson's Telcordia unit.

FCC's Wheeler again knocks Verizon's unlimited-LTE data-throttling policy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that just because other wireless carriers also throttle customers' data speeds does not mean that Verizon Wireless is in the clear in doing so for some of its customers on legacy unlimited data plans. He said he is concerned that such plans have commercial motives and indicated that the FCC has asked all Tier 1 carriers about their throttling practices.

FCC mandates text-to-911 for all carriers and some OTT providers like iMessage, but big gaps remain

The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. However, only a tiny number of 911-answering centers across the country currently support text-to-911 service, and wireless carriers are worried that too many OTT messaging apps will be exempted from the rules because of technical concerns.

Analysts: Sprint's scuttling of T-Mobile deal takes regulatory pressure off pay-TV mergers

The reported decision by Sprint to end its $32 billion quest to buy T-Mobile will provide a significant regulatory boost to Comcast in its $45 billion attempt to buy Time Warner Cable, and AT&T in its $49 billion effort to buy DirecTV.

T-Mobile's hunt for 700 MHz A-Block spectrum yields deal with I-700

At least one of the deals T-Mobile US recently engaged in to get more 700 MHz A Block spectrum was with I-700 A Block LLC for two spectrum licenses in the Midwest, according to an FCC filing.

Sprint, T-Mobile could be barred from joint bidding in 600 MHz under FCC proposal

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal that would bar Sprint and T-Mobile US from creating a joint venture to bid for spectrum in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.

Carriers tell FCC OTT players should be responsible for their own text-to-911 implementations

Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US think that over-the-top messaging application providers should be solely responsible for complying with any requirements the FCC places on the apps to support text-to-911 procedures. Not surprisingly, they argued that wireless carriers should not be involved in ensuring OTT compliance.
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