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Entner: Special access-- How government preference for some may mean higher prices for all

Five years after the FCC called for data on the state of the special access marketplace from just a portion of the providers offering special access, the agency appears poised to modify contracts and embark on a new round of rate regulation based on market data from 2010 to 2012. This would not be a concern if, in fact, the market for special access services had stagnated in 2012 with prices and providers remaining constant; however, that is not the case. Why should we care if the FCC premises a new set of pricing regulations on outdated information?

Broadcast spectrum auction opening bids top $1.2M

And they're off: the FCC set opening bid prices for the upcoming broadcast reverse auction, posting prices for a host of TV stations that will voluntarily auction their spectrum.

AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink special access pricing practices face new FCC investigation

AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and other ILECs' special access pricing plans are facing a new FCC investigation over claims that these carriers are implementing unreasonable terms and conditions in their plans.

Straight Path aims to demonstrate viability of 5G at 39 GHz within 12-18 months

Straight Path, which is developing a 5G phased-array transceiver prototype in the 39 GHz band, expects to complete its work within 12 to 18 months and hopes the prototype will demonstrate the viability of using 39 GHz for 5G services.

Sprint to start throttling unlimited plan customers if they use more than 23 GB of data in a month

Sprint said it will start throttling the speeds of customers on its unlimited smartphone data plans who use more than 23 GB of data in a billing cycle for the remainder of their billing cycle, but only at times and locations where the network is constrained.

FCC sets top opening price to pay broadcasters at $900M for incentive auction, will ask carriers to bid $135M for NYC

The FCC released a list of final opening bid prices for broadcasters for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, and said the top opening bid price in the reverse part of the auction where broadcasters will sell spectrum to the FCC will be for a station in the New York City metropolitan area at $900 million. The commission also released its opening bid prices for the forward auction, in which wireless carriers will bid on the spectrum broadcasters give up, with the top opening bid price also for New York City, at $135 million. The prices for smaller markets are lower, with major urban markets commanding the highest opening bid prices. 

Altice argues Cablevision purchase will level playing field in NY market, reduce vertical integration

Altice filed an application with the FCC for its proposed $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision, telling the regulatory agency that deal will help the MSO's position in a crowded New York market while increasing competition overall.

T-Mobile seen as favorite to win spectrum in 600 MHz auction, but smaller carriers likely to jump in as well

T-Mobile US is seen as the carrier with the clearest shot to acquiring spectrum in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV airwaves, especially now that Sprint has decided not to participate. However, dozens of smaller carriers that are members of the Competitive Carriers Association are still likely to participate and try to grab spectrum-- it's just not clear at this point how many ultimately will.

Comcast promises to release self-service tool for CableCard activation

While regulators, cable operators and electronics companies are debating a replacement technology for CableCard, Comcast says it hasn't given up its support for the security standard.

Dish, others come out against Charter's TWC, Bright House deals, while AT&T warns of 'cable consolidation and coordination'

Dish Network led a chorus of complaints against the proposed merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In filings with the FCC, Dish, the Writers Guild of America for the West, set-top maker Zoom Telephonics, public-interest groups and others generally argued that the proposed transaction would limit competition in the cable industry, thus affecting Charter's competitors and broadband Internet users across the country.