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T-Mobile gets more government requests for customer data than rivals

T-Mobile US said it saw an increased number of requests for customer data from government agencies in 2014, and more requests than any of its wireless rivals.

T-Mobile, leaning on economist's arguments, keeps pushing for larger 600 MHz spectrum reserve

T-Mobile US is not giving up on its quest to get the FCC to expand the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has indicated he will vote to reject T-Mobile's petition on the matter, but the carrier continues to lobby the agency ahead of its July 16 vote on the auction rules.

Granite, MetTel argue for wholesale ILEC voice access, say it ensures business service choice

Granite Telecommunications and MetTel, two competitive service providers that focus on serving multi-site business customers, have asked the FCC to ensure that ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink, and Verizon provide an equivalent TDM-based voice service post IP transition.

Charter ramps up lobbying for TWC deal with new lobbying firms, PUC filings in NY, Calif.

Charter Communications has begun ramping up its lobbying efforts to get regulators to approve its proposed mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Specifically, the company has filed applications in favor of the transactions with the New York Public Services Commission and California's Public Utilities Commission. The company has also hired four new lobbying firms, according to a report in The Hill, a move that raises its total number of outside consulting firms to nine.

Boise becomes 100th city to join Next Century Cities broadband coalition

Boise, Idaho has become the hundredth city to join Next Century Cities, a city-to-city collaborative of mayors who see the availability of fast, affordable, and reliable Internet as a critical piece of their community.

Frontier enacts two-part OSS, customer transition plan for Verizon wireline acquisition

Frontier told the FCC in a filing that it has devised a cutover strategy with Verizon for its purchase of the ILEC's wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas, one that it says will ensure there will be no service disruptions to its retail and wholesale customers.

Broadcasters warn that FCC could lower 600 MHz auction opening prices by a collective $8.3B

If the FCC does not change some of its technical rules ahead of the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, it could lead to the opening bid prices for broadcasters dropping by more than $8 billion in total, according to a coalition of broadcasters.

Ofcom slaps £1M fine on EE for poor handling of customer complaints

Ofcom on Friday imposed a fine of €1 million (€1.4 million/$1.5 million) on EE for misleading customers who made complaints about the company's mobile and fixed voice and data services.

Lebanon targets nationwide 4G coverage in 2 years

Lebanon's telecommunications minister, Boutros Harb, targeted country-wide 4G deployment in two years as part of a new five-year plan for the telecoms market unveiled this week.

SBA: Broadband choices should be preserved for small businesses

As the FCC moves forward with its review of special access rates that incumbent telcos charge to CLECs, the U.S. Small Business Administration has asked the regulator in a letter to consider the impact such transitions have on small businesses.