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FCC bars package bidding in 600 MHz auction, dealing another blow to Verizon and AT&T

The FCC has decided against allowing package bidding in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, moving against Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, which had argued that package bidding would be a more efficient way to conduct the auction.

Report: FCC to consider redefining broadband as 10 Mbps or higher

The FCC is mulling the idea of changing the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps to better reflect the reality of growing usage of bandwidth hungry streaming music and video applications, reports  The Washington Post.

FCC looks to redefine broadband, raise speed threshold above 10 Mbps

The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in the technical definition of the term broadband, increasing the threshold from its current level of 4 megabits per second to somewhere between 10 Mbps to 25 Mbps.

Lowenstein's View: Government: We need you

This is a critical time in the communications and digital media industries. I'm not arguing for a spate of new regulations, but we do need the public sector to be proactively engaged and involved, in two respects.

Verizon says migrating customers to fiber will provide a better phone service experience

Verizon is wasting no time firing back at critics who say its plan to retire copper facilities in Ocean View, Va., and Belle Harbor, N.Y., is going to cause harm to consumers.

Analyst: Harbinger's hiring of law firm could indicate plan to sue FCC over LightSquared

Harbinger Capital Partners, the principal backer of bankrupt wireless firm LightSquared, has hired a law firm that specializes in litigation with the federal government, which could indicate that Harbinger plans to sue the FCC as LightSquared tries to reorganize itself in bankruptcy protection.

Reed Hastings: Comcast 'wants the whole Internet'

One day after his counterpart at Comcast, CEO Brian Roberts, sat in the same red chairs and accused him of trying to essentially get free digital postage on the transmission of digital movies, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accused Roberts and pay TV's top service provider of trying to tax the Internet.

FCC's Connect America Fund upheld by appeals court

The FCC won a victory to maintain its Connect America Fund (CAF), a $4.5 billion plan set on bringing broadband service to 7 million people, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver upheld the program.

AT&T wants 3.5 GHz band divided into sub-bands to promote small cell deployment

AT&T Mobility is recommending that the FCC slice up the 3.5 GHz band into different sub-bands for various classes of users so that AT&T and other licensed spectrum holders can have more certainty in deploying technologies such as small cells in the band.

Wheeler expresses concern about programmers blocking websites during carriage fights

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday told congressional lawmakers that the trend among programmers to block access to their websites during carriage disputes with pay TV companies is "something we should all worry about."