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ACA: 91 small cable systems were shut down in 2014, primarily due to high programming costs

The American Cable Association has filed a research paper with the FCC, claiming that 1,078 small and rural cable systems serving 50,000 subscribers have shut down since 2008, primarily due to fast-increasing programming costs.

NAB accuses 'bad actor' pay-TV operators of ginning up retrans disputes, targets Dish, Mediacom, DirecTV

The NAB is accusing pay-TV operators, specifically naming Dish Network, DirecTV and Mediacom, of manufacturing retransmission-related disputes with broadcasters in order to influence regulatory decision-making.

More farmers are adopting Internet access, says USDA study

More farmers are finding that Internet access is a useful tool in conducting their day-to-day business operations. According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches have some form of Internet access, up three percentage points since 2013.

Sprint's 1900 MHz network faces interference in NYC; carrier gets FCC backing for a resolution

The FCC issued a citation to a man in Queens, New York, for operating equipment that is interfering with Sprint's 1900 MHz network there, in violation of the FCC's rules.  

BT Americas' Burger says AT&T, Verizon have too much control over special access pricing

BT Americas President Bas Burger says that AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. telcos, are price gouging competitors that purchase special access services.

FCC's Clyburn to dish on the incentive auction, unlicensed spectrum in Twitter chat

I will be talking to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in  FierceWireless 's first Twitter chat on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. ET. Follow our Twitter handle  @FierceWireless  and Clyburn's, which is  @MClyburnFCC. You can follow the action via the  #ClyburnFCC  hashtag.

IIA's Mehlman: special access, copper retirement proposals will delay the IP transition

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), an industry advocacy group, says that the FCC's recent NPRM governing legacy copper and TDM-based networks to IP-based networks will cause more harm than benefit.

CenturyLink calls for a 5-step process to reform prison calling rates

CenturyLink has outlined to the FCC a five-step plan intended to reform the inmate calling services (ICS) rules. Joining GTL and PayTel, CenturyLink is one of the largest providers of calling services to prisons in the markets it serves.

Vonage says direct number rules will help accelerate VoIP interconnection

Vonage said it agrees with the FCC's recent move to adopt direct numbering rights to interconnected VoIP providers. By providing direct access to numbers, Vonage and other competitive VoIP providers will be able more effectively interconnect with other carriers and accelerate service delivery to consumer and business customers.

FCC lays out 600 MHz auction roadmap, will kick off process in 'early fall'

The FCC is laying out its plans to hold next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum by the end of March, and said it will start by releasing a public notice for broadcasters in "early fall" about how the application process will unfold.