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Proposed Senate bill targets municipal broadband restrictions

Three Democratic Senators have developed a new bill to overturn existing state laws banning or restricting cities and towns from building their own broadband networks. The bill, called the Community Broadband Act, was jointly developed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). FierceTelecom has a complete breakdown of the news here.

Broadband providers, NCTA support Republicans' net-neutrality proposal

Incumbent service providers and industry trade groups back a proposal by a group of Republicans to thwart a potential move by the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II in the 1996 Telecom Act.

Proposed bill will let cities build broadband networks

A trio of Democratic Senators has developed a new bill called the Community Broadband Act that is designed to overturn existing state laws that ban or restrict cities and towns from building their own broadband networks.

EU looks unlikely to support ban on zero-rating of content

The European Union (EU) appears unlikely to support a ban of the so-called "zero-rating" of content that enables mobile operators to provide free access to online services including streamed music, TV and social networking sites as part of promotional offers to attract users.

Illinois court: Dish violated FTC telemarketing rules 'tens of millions' of times

Dish Network continues to face federal flack for its telemarketing practices. The latest blow came from federal court in Springfield, Ill., which found Dish liable for "tens of millions" of calls that violated the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule.

CTIA's Baker praises Republican net neutrality bills, but AT&T's Stephenson sees lawsuits ahead

Representatives from the wireless and cable industry lobbies heaped praise on a Republican legislative proposal to ensure net neutrality. However, Democrats remained skeptical because it would stop the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Meanwhile, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he sees the new rules from the FCC triggering lawsuits that could go all the way up the U.S. Supreme Court.

Verizon offers $10K reward to apprehend Southern Cal. copper thieves

Verizon continues to be a victim of copper theft, suffering over 12 incidents in its Southern California market alone in recent months.

Windstream gets away with it: state approves REIT spinoff

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust spinoff. Among the state agencies that granted approvals was the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley has a full report here.

Windstream gets state regulatory greenlight for REIT

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions (PSC) in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust (REIT) spinoff.

Comcast's next-generation Xi4 set-top passes FCC muster

Comcast has received approval from the FCC for its next-generation Xi4 set-top box, according to a regulatory filing to the agency.