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Wireline Scarefest: What's making executives afraid to turn out the lights

Halloween is time for ghosts, goblins, or maybe firing up the Roku or Wii device to watch Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice fame fight off zombies in the B-movie classic  The Evil Dead on Netflix.  But it's also a time to reflect on some of the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.

Senators request hearing on Internet of Things before year's end

It was probably just a matter of time. Given the range and ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT), it's no surprise that members of Congress are pushing for congressional attention on the issues. In fact, a group of senators wants  a hearing scheduled before the end of the year.

More merger conditions for Comcast? Free broadband for NYC public housing proposed

Facing strong public-opinion headwinds in a merger that is too far along to scuttle, Comcast is getting a lot of "conditions" thrown its way these days. One of the latest: A group of New York area lawmakers wants the conglomerate to provide free broadband to New York City public housing as a condition of the $45 million purchase of Time Warner Cable.

FTC sues AT&T over data throttling policies, says 3.5M customers have been throttled 25M times

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.

Aereo, FilmOn hopes rise again as FCC moves to redefine MVPDs

The FCC said it will look at updating rules that regulate cable systems, a move that could allow over-the-top providers to more easily deliver broadcast television over the Internet, rather than over the air or through closed cable systems. Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Tuesday that says MVPDs, like other forms of communication, should be "technology-neutral."

FCC officially proposes pay-TV status for linear OTT services

The FCC has circulated a memo through its Media Bureau, formally proposing that linear over-the-top services like Aereo be considered multichannel video program distributors, with accompanying rights to retransmission consent licensing agreements.

Dish ordered to pay $22,500 for collection call mishap

A West Virginia federal court has ordered Dish Network to pay $22,500 to a Charleston man who accused the satellite operator of calling him 31 times to collect a debt for services he never had.

AT&T accuses T-Mobile of relying on roaming instead of building its own network

The war of words between T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility over roaming rules continues, with AT&T accusing T-Mobile of relying on roaming to provide service instead of investing in its own wireless network.

Telecom Italia to sell part of Argentina unit for $216M

Telecom Italia plans to sell only part of its stake in Telecom Argentina and the rest once it has received regulatory approval for the full sale to Fintech, after agreeing to a request by the New York-based fund to amend the original sale agreement for the unit.

Vodafone probes potential Ono tax fraud

Vodafone continues to be dogged by taxation problems as the operator confirmed it is probing a potential fraud at Spanish unit Ono just weeks after finally making progress in a long running tax dispute in India.