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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.

FCC's Pai: USF rules hamper rural providers' broadband investments

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai remains concerned that there are too many rules in place that make it difficult for rural service providers to invest in their networks to deliver higher speed broadband services.

Qualcomm faces possible fine from South Korean antitrust authorities over licensing practices

Qualcomm said South Korean antitrust authorities have accused the chipset giant of violating South Korean law through its licensing practices and proposes to fine the company. The disclosure about the investigation, which was first launched earlier this year, is the latest in a series of tussles the company has had with antitrust regulators worldwide over its licensing business, which is how Qualcomm derives the majority of its profit.  

France raises €2.8B from 700 MHz spectrum auction

France completed the auction of six blocks of 700 MHz frequencies after 11 rounds over two days, raising a total of €2.79 billion ($2.98 billion).

FTTH Council: Streamlined pole attachment processes will accelerate broadband installation

The FTTH Council recently released guidance on how to streamline the make-ready policies to facilitate deployment of fiber into more communities on the heels of the recently introduced "Dig Once" broadband deployment bill-- the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2015.

USTelecom says FCC should consider how Charter-TWC merger impacts ILEC broadband competition

As Charter Communications moves forward with its pending $79 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, USTelecom is concerned that the deal and other consolidation in the cable market could impede broadband competition for ILECs and other competitors.  

NTIA sets up portal to coordinate sharing of 1695-1710 MHz portion of the AWS-3 band

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched a new online portal that lets carriers and federal agencies coordinate spectrum use in the 1695-1710 MHz band, one of three bands recently made available in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The new NTIA portal fulfills an important requirement to enable sharing in the 1695-1710 MHz portion of the band.

FilmOn loses another court round, vows to keep punching

Linear over-the-top video provider FilmOn X is not a cable company and isn't entitled to a license to retransmit broadcast content, a D.C. Circuit Court judge has ruled-- a decision that sits opposite to the opinion of an L.A. Circuit judge who handed the controversial streaming service a victory back in July.