Tom Wheeler, a former CTIA president who is now a venture capitalist and a larger donor to President Obama, is a lead choice to succeed Julius Genachowski as the chairman of the FCC, according to a TIME report.
Concerns over possible state subsidies and security threats have prompted the European Union's trade commissioner to seek the backing of EU states to investigate Chinese equipment vendors Huawei and ZTE, according to a Reuters report. The report cited unnamed EU diplomats.
The UK's National Audit Office will investigate the recent LTE spectrum auction, which was completed in February after much delay and raised just £2.34 billion, £1.16 billion short of government forecasts.
Let's look at how the different constituents--Sprint shareholders, Sprint as the company, Sprint's customers, Sprint's competitors, and the regulator--are affected by Dish's bid for Sprint.
Dish Network's surprise $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel may spark a bidding war between Dish and Japan's SoftBank over the United States' third-largest wireless carrier, according to comments from shareholders and investment analysts. Further, the situation likely won't get straightened out anytime soon, given the difficulty of comparing the two complex transactions.
The Competitive Carriers Association's Global Expo Conference runs April 17-19 in New Orleans. The event promises to feature keynotes from the likes of Sprint Nextel's Dan Hesse, Ericsson's Steve Bourgeois, Bluegrass Cellular's Ron Smith and others.
Frontier Communications, which became West Virginia's largest service provider when it purchased Verizon's rural lines in 2010, has received the state senate's backing for its proposal to target broadband rollouts at consumers who have no service at all.
Following Deutsche Telekom's improved offer for MetroPCS shareholders earlier this week, investors in the regional, flat-rate carrier are beginning to voice their support for the combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. Specifically, MetroPCS's largest shareholder, Paulson & Co., said it now supports the transaction.
President Obama's budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year sets aside $500 million for the FCC to help TV broadcasters modify their infrastructure to deal with changes that will come with incentive auctions of TV broadcast spectrum, which will be repurposed for wireless broadband.
As expected, FairPoint Communications is bringing down the axe on 90 wireline positions across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont over the next several months. The layoffs aren't a surprise as they were part of a collective bargaining agreement signed last year.