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FCC delays start of 600 MHz incentive auction to early 2016

The FCC decided to delay the start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction from mid-2015 to early 2016. The delay marks the second time in less than a year the FCC has pushed back the start date of the auction, and is an indication of the both the complexity in designing the auction and the problems stemming from a legal challenge against the auction by the National Association of Broadcasters.

Comcast-TWC approval chances now stand at 75 percent, analyst says

Few people think that Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable is in regulatory jeopardy. "But the market is worried," said high-profile media analyst Craig Moffett, citing the growing spread between the two companies' respective share prices--a metric that has swelled to over 8 percent, the highest it's been since the deal was first announced in February.

Federal court enjoins Aereo's live TV operations but leaves open cloud-DVR option

As expected, a federal judge has placed an injunction on Aereo's ability to stream the live broadcasts of major U.S. networks to IP devices. However, the court left open the possibility that Aereo could carry on, by delivering delayed broadcast feeds to subscribers as a kind of virtual DVR service.

Frontier wraps its acquisition of AT&T's Connecticut network assets

Frontier Communications is set to begin a new chapter in its home state as it has completed its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T's wireline operations in Connecticut and its related statewide fiber network and U-verse operations.

TWC bill goes viral: What cable can learn from celebrities in the age of social media

Just as athletes, actors and other celebrities have to deal with a new code of conduct in a world in which words, images and video travel fast, pay-TV providers are finding that their misdeeds and customer unfriendly billing practices can assume an exaggerated presence on the Internet.

DirecTV techs file 24 labor complaints in last 7 days, report says

Employees of companies that perform technical work for DirecTV have filed two dozen federal lawsuits in the last seven days, arguing that they should treated as employees of the satellite operator.

FCC pauses shot clock on AT&T-DirecTV merger, as Andreessen and Cuban offer their support

While that other big proposed pay-TV mega-merger has seen increasing amounts of flak thrown at it via FCC filings, the suggested union of AT&T and DirecTV seems to be mounting powerful backers in the media technology world.

T-Mobile looks to settle FTC lawsuit over premium SMS charges

T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" subscribers never authorized.

Huawei to increase procurement spending in Europe

Huawei said it plans to increase its procurement spending in the European Union as part of its overall investment strategy for Europe, and expects to make direct purchases worth an estimated $4.08 billion (€3.8 billion) in 2015.

Magyar Telekom faces tax hike under Hungarian web duty plan

Magyar Telekom faces a tax bill of HUF10 billion (€32.6 million/$41.4 million) if the Hungarian government fails to cap the liability of communications service providers (CSPs) to pay a proposed new Internet service tax.