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Report: Regulators up in arms over proposed approval of Telefónica's E-Plus buy

Europe's national regulatory watchdogs are up in arms over the proposed merger of Telefónica Deutschland and KPN's E-Plus in Germany, according to a report by the Financial Times. At a recent meeting to review the merger, only two of 12 national authorities that were present voted in favour of the European Commission's planned competition remedies, according to the FT, which cited two officials involved.

Connectivity a key asset for telecoms operators, says analyst

AMSTERDAM--Telecoms operators must stop underselling the benefits of connectivity, a leading industry analyst said during a pre-conference workshop at the LTE World Summit here on Monday.

Altice, Vivendi sign final agreement on SFR-Numericable merger

Altice and Vivendi said they have signed the definitive agreement on the merger of their respective French units Numericable and SFR, dashing any last lingering hopes that opponents to the deal might have had that the planned union would fail at the final hurdle.  

Win or lose, Aereo's impact could change OTT market

Aereo is looking less likely to win its case before the Supreme Court, but the outcome of the case will change the online video landscape, some industry players say.

T-Mobile asks FCC for help in its data roaming beef with AT&T

T-Mobile is asking the FCC to issue new guidance and enforcement criteria on data roaming agreements. T-Mobile's request appears to be an attempt by the carrier to obtain a more favorable roaming agreement with rival AT&T Mobility.

FCC: Fiber and cable broadband providers improve speeds, but DSL needs improvement

U.S.-based broadband providers are improving their overall network performance, according to the FCC's fourth annual "Measuring Broadband America" report. But the report also said DSL is starting to lag behind.

CTIA's Baker: Unlicensed spectrum is important too

The new head of the CTIA said that unlicensed spectrum is an important element of spectrum policy, though she reiterated her organization's quest for additional licensed spectrum below 3 GHz. Meredith Attwell Baker, who recently took over command of the CTIA from former president Steve Largent, pointed to a recent study from the Consumer Electronic Association that found that unlicensed spectrum generates $62 billion annually for the U.S. economy.

T-Mobile's Music Freedom may tread on net neutrality's territory

T-Mobile US' latest "Un-carrier" initiative includes unlimited access to several music streaming services, including Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio and Spotify, Samsung's Milk and the forthcoming streaming service Beatport, without imposing data charges on users' 4G plans. In other words, customers using T-Mobile's Music Freedom who go over their monthly data allowance won't have their music service throttled.

Report: tw telecom executives to get an estimated $88M when Level 3 deal wraps

When Level 3 completes its  $5.7 billion acquisition of tw telecom  later this year, five members of its top management team could get cash-and-stock payouts valued at $88 million, reports  The Denver Post.

Lawmakers propose legislation to ban Internet fast lanes

Two Democratic lawmakers have proposed a new bill that they say would keep the Internet open by ensuring that the Internet is accessible to any user and not giving preferential treatment to certain types of traffic by prohibiting "fast lanes."