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AT&T, Nokia among those endorsing spectrum-sharing tests in 'model city'

Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Jarich: Sub-Par Mobility Week- Who's to blame?

"How's your show been?" It's the trade show equivalent of "How's the weather?" It's a pleasant conversation starter. Small talk. This year at CTIA's Super Mobility Week, however, it took on a new significance. After losing momentum to the GSMA's Mobile World Congress, CTIA invested a lot of time and money into making its new event – Super Mobility Week – into something that got people excited…and got them to attend. It merged two shows into one. It pulled together a bunch of diverse organization and partnered events. It did everything it could to make Super Mobility Week a success and people were naturally curious about the results.

FCC net-neutrality comments surpass 3M, beat Janet Jackson 'Wardrobe-gate' for record

With the public commentary period for the FCC's proposed new net-neutrality rules ending Monday night, the commission reported that the number of comments had set a record, at more than 3 million.

FCC gets 3M net-neutrality comments as debate over wireless exemption heats up

Now that the deadline has passed for sending comments to the FCC on its proposed new rules for net neutrality, a key debate is emerging over whether the rules should apply equally to wireless networks and wired ones. Wireless carriers, which had been exempt from most net-neutrality rules covering wired ISPs that passed in 2010, are digging in their heels against the new regulations, while the FCC notes that the question remains an open one.

Netflix peering dispute with Verizon, Comcast intentional, pundit says

Subscription video on demand provider Netflix may have intentionally caused slowdowns of its own video stream during its well-publicized disputes with Verizon and Comcast, the director of a conservative technology organization said.

Broadcasters force further dilution of STAVRA

The TV broadcast industry has persuaded the Senate Commerce Committee to strip upcoming satellite-TV legislation beyond the earlier-reported extraction of the Local Choice provision.

Leading German telcos face NSA, GCHQ spy probe

German authorities are preparing a far-reaching probe into claims U.S. and UK intelligence agencies have free and easy access to telecoms data from major operators including Deutsche Telekom.

AWS-3 auction: DoD pledges to enable greater access to shared spectrum

The next major U.S. spectrum auction, for AWS-3 frequencies, is slated to begin in less than two months, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is pledging to do what it can to reduce the size of coordination zones in the 1755-1780 MHz band to enable greater access to shared spectrum by commercial operations.

State attorneys general will probe AT&T/DirecTV merger

An attorneys general probe involving two-dozen states that is examining the legality of Comcast's  proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable has been expanded to include AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

AT&T, SoftBank, T-Mobile execs push for wireless carve-out in net neutrality guidelines

LAS VEGAS--Executives from a handful of the nation's top wireless carriers unanimously rejected arguments that wireless networks should fall under the same net neutrality guidelines as wireline networks. The comments are notable in light of a speech this week from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinting that the agency is considering rules that would apply much more strict open Internet guidelines onto wireless carriers than it did in 2010.