Rural telcos that are looking at deploying Gbps-based broadband networks will now have more financial assistance after President Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill.
Arcep, France's telecom regulator, is relying on a new working group to address the emerging fiber to the distribution point (FTTdp) concept, which allows for 200 Mbps speeds and above over existing copper by driving fiber very close to a subscriber's home or premises.
Executives at Sprint and SoftBank are reconsidering their plans to attempt a merger between T-Mobile US and Sprint in the wake of significant regulatory opposition to the proposed transaction, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
Utah has become the latest municipal broadband battleground as the state is looking at a new law that could inhibit the growth of public-based municipal broadband networks, reports ars technica.
Verizon Wireless took Sprint ato task over the fact that the vast trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum Sprint acquired from Clearwire last year is not currently included in the FCC's "spectrum screen." If the spectrum were included, Verizon agues, Sprint would be counted as having more spectrum than any other carrier.
Sprint is close to securing $45 billion in debt financing from a group of banks to make a bid for T-Mobile US, according to a report from Dealreporter. However, a separate report from Bloomberg painted a more conservative view of the deal and said that top Sprint executives have not yet decided if they want to pursue a bid.
Vermont's troubled Burlington Telecom is working to settle its $33.5 million lawsuit with Citibank, one of its key investors, for $10.5 million, reports the Burlington Free Press.
The FCC, as had been expected, approved a CTIA plan to partner with two Los Angeles TV stations to conduct a pilot project with the aim of showing that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum.
Aereo reportedly has stopped accepting new customers in two other markets.
There has been an acceleration in moves by operators to address the thorny problem of voice and data roaming charges throughout the European Union, although there currently seems little likelihood that such efforts will stop the European Commission's Neelie Kroes from implementing her plans to abolish roaming charges completely.