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Google seeks temporary license for 27.9-28 GHz experiments

Once again, Google is asking the FCC for an experimental license so that it can conduct highly secretive experiments, this time in the 28 and 31 GHz bands, in northern California.

Verizon must pay taxes on fees it collected to install landlines, Pennsylvania court says

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that Verizon must pay taxes for fees from installing phone lines and providing directory assistance as well as performing a variety of repairs and services. However, the amount of those fees is unclear as the ruling didn't give a specific amount owed and didn't say whether the company is also responsible for any back payments.  

CRTC begins first national broadband study in Canada

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is gathering data from the homes of 4,500 citizens across Canada in a study intended to improve its broadband policymaking by gaining a better understanding of network performance.

Analysts: T-Mobile likely to win over consumers with Binge On video streaming offer

T-Mobile US' Binge On video streaming plan, in which video quality is optimized down to 480p but the streams from 24 different video services don't count against customers' data buckets, will help T-Mobile gain market share, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Meanwhile, Binge On received a cautious endorsement from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said yesterday it promotes innovation and competition but that the agency would be keeping an eye on the program and how it affects consumers and the market.

Liberty Global's Telenet agrees to sell customers to secure Base Belgium

Telenet, the Belgian cable operator owned by Liberty Global, said it has conditionally agreed to sell customers served by branded reseller JIM Mobile and the Mobile Vikings MVNO as part of concessions to secure European Union approval of its planned acquisition of Base Belgium.

GSMA chief regulatory officer calls for sub-700 MHz mobile allocation at WRC-15

GSMA chief regulatory officer John Giusti appealed to governments to agree a harmonisation plan to enable sub-700 MHz spectrum bands to be used for mobile and broadcast during the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva.

Comcast: Stream TV is IP-cable and shouldn't count against data usage limits

Comcast said its new Xfinity Stream TV product is an "IP-cable" service running over a managed network that should not, per FCC guidelines, factor into data usage limits the MSO is testing in certain parts of the country.

Verizon says unbundling 64 Kbps voice channels over fiber will impede copper retirement

Verizon has responded to a recent filing made by competitive provider Granite Communications opposing USTelecom's petition for forbearance on providing voice-grade channels on fiber loops, saying it could delay future migrations from copper to fiber.

Frontier, Duke Energy ask FCC to dismiss pole attachment suit

Frontier has overcome another hurdle in its pole attachment battle in North Carolina as the telco and Duke Energy have asked the FCC to dismiss a pole attachment complaint that the telco filed in January 2014.

CWA accuses Alcatel-Lucent of stealing Lucent retirees' health care funds

The Communications Workers of America union has filed a request with the U.S. District Court in New Jersey to get a temporary restraining order against Alcatel-Lucent over claims that the French company plans to use money for retirees' health care to cover its own pension funding obligations.