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CenturyLink, Consolidated, TDS ask FCC to revamp retransmission consent rules

A group of telcos including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS have asked the FCC to bring consistency to the retransmission consent negotiation process.

LightSquared still jousting with GPS Innovation Alliance over interference testing

Even though LightSquared and GPS device firm Trimble have indicated that they are willing to engage in settlement talks, the wireless firm continues to spar with a group of GPS industry companies over interference testing between LightSquared's spectrum and GSP receivers.

Frontier, TDS join chorus calling on FCC to reform pole access rates

Frontier and TDS Telecom agree with COMPTEL and Level 3's recent FCC petition that all service providers should be able to get competitively priced access to local power utility poles to expand their broadband networks.

FairPoint takes $37.4M in CAF II funds, eyes broadband expansion for 105K locations

FairPoint has accepted $37.4 million in funding from Phase II of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), enabling it to build network infrastructure that will bring 10/1 Mbps broadband services to nearly 105,000 locations in 14 states.

FCC slaps $750K fine on Smart City for blocking Wi-Fi

In its second major enforcement action against companies accused of blocking Wi-Fi, the FCC is reiterating that it's not tolerating Wi-Fi blocking of any kind, including at convention centers where getting access to Wi-Fi can be challenging even in the best of circumstances.

Verizon, Sprint get into war of words over data roaming rules

Verizon Wireless and Sprint are tussling over data roaming rules, with Sprint arguing that the FCC should not overlook the differences in spectrum holdings and the "head start" Verizon and AT&T got in building out their nationwide networks. Verizon maintains that Sprint's arguments are "tired" and designed to avoid building out its network.

FCC denies Dish partners $3.3B in bidding credits in AWS-3 auction

As expected, the FCC voted unanimously to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two Dish Network affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum, but it's still unclear how Dish will respond.

Verizon, Dominion spar over Va. pole attachment rates

Verizon has become embroiled in a pole attachment battle with Virginia-based power company Dominion, arguing that the power company pays more for access than its CLEC competitors.

Frontier to bring 25 Mbps broadband services to 750K new households by 2020

Frontier has set an aggressive timeline to expand broadband to 750,000 more households throughout its service footprint by the year 2020. Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Frontier, said in an FCC filing that this commitment will include the wireline properties it is in the process of buying from Verizon in California, Florida and Texas.

FCC extends comment deadline on UHF channel space for unlicensed use, wireless mics

After the FCC made a series of decisions designed to set the stage for next year's incentive auction, the FCC's media bureau announced it is extending the comment deadline in the proceeding that seeks comment on rules to preserve vacant TV channels for shared use by white space devices and wireless microphones.