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State groups, lawmakers say FCC has no authority to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws

A call made by President Barack Obama to the FCC asking the FCC to overturn a series of existing 20 existing state laws that either prohibit or outright ban cities and towns from building and operating their own broadband network businesses will face a number of legal challenges.

Report: Comcast ghost-writing pro merger letters from politicians to FCC

Letters from politicians to the FCC supporting Comcast's purchase of Time Warner Cable have been ghostwritten by Comcast PR executives, according to The Verge.

Verizon ponies up $5M to resolve FCC rural call completion investigation

Verizon is going to pay $5 million to settle an FCC inquiry into whether the service provider's rural customers could receive long distance or wireless calls to their traditional POTS phones.

Brian Roberts called Barack Obama, tried to talk him out of Title II proposal

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called a top Obama aide late last year in an unsuccessful attempt to dissuade the President from endorsing strident Title II-based Internet regulation.

NCTA calls 25 Mbps broadband definition excessive in FCC filing

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has written the FCC, calling a proposed redefinition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream excessive.

Obama administration revises call data collection plans

The Obama administration has decided to rethink a proposal to employ a third-party, non-government entity to gather U.S. telephone call data currently collected by the National Security Agency, reports  Reuters, citing unnamed security official sources.

CenturyLink wants Congress to update the 1992 Cable Act

CenturyLink has made a plea to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to reform the 1992 Cable Act so new entrants in the video services race can more effectively negotiate prices for content.

EC rejects Spanish bid to review Orange's €3.4B Jazztel offer

The European Commission (EC) will not refer the planned acquisition of Spain-based broadband provider Jazztel by Orange to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law, saying it believes it is better placed to deal with the case.

Analysts: EC MNO merger precedents bode well for Hutchison Whampoa's UK play

European Commission (EC) precedents allowing a reduction in the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Germany and Ireland could prove key to Hutchison Whampoa's bid to acquire Telefónica's O2 UK, Jefferies International analysts said.

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.