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Telekom Austria wins regulatory approval for Macedonia merger

Telekom Austria Group said the Macedonian Commission for Protection of Competition has approved the merger of its subsidiary Vip Operator with Telekom Slovenije's subsidiary One to create a new entity called one.Vip on the mobile market in the Republic of Macedonia.

France kicks off 700-MHz spectrum auction

French regulator Arcep invited bidders to submit their applications to take part in an auction of 700-MHz spectrum, kicking off a process that the French government hopes will raise at least €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) for state coffers.

Frontier says pole attachment prices are dramatically high in rural areas

Frontier has joined Level 3 Communications and industry group COMPTEL in asking the FCC to clarify the rules regarding pole attachment rates for cable and traditional telecom providers, as well as making the rates more uniform.

NAB, Microsoft, Free Press, others team to protect unlicensed devices, wireless microphones in 600 MHz

A mishmash of players including National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Radio & Television Digital News Association, Microsoft, Open Technology Institute at New America, Public Knowledge, Free Press and Common Cause are urging the FCC to craft rules for next year's incentive auction that they argue will better protect transmissions from unlicensed devices and wireless microphones.

NTIA: 245 MHz of spectrum freed so far for wireless, on track for 500 MHz by 2020

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said that during the past five years it has freed up 245 MHz of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed commercial wireless communications. And the agency said it remains on track to release about that same amount during the next five years.

COMPTEL, industry orgs ask FCC to protect competition in ILEC IP transition

COMPTEL and a group of organizations that represent businesses and competitive ISPs have sent a letter to the FCC asking the regulator to include in their technology transitions an order that will protect and promote competition, universal service and public safety while ensuring business and residential customers can get services as telcos migrate their networks to all-IP.

Unlikely allies fight plan to move TV stations into duplex gap

In what sure sounds like a case of strange bedfellows, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Radio & Television Digital News Association, Microsoft, Open Technology Institute at New America, Public Knowledge, Free Press and Common Cause are among the parties jointly asking the FCC to back off a staff recommendation to relocate TV stations in the duplex gap after next year's incentive auction.

AT&T to offer $5-per-month Internet service to low-income customers to close DirecTV deal

As part of its efforts to get federal regulators to approve its proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T told the FCC that it's prepared to offer discounted broadband services to Americans who are already qualified to receive government aid.

Frontier wins four NG911 contracts to serve New York counties

Frontier Communications has won four contracts to supply next-generation 911 systems in New York, serving six counties within and outside of its service footprint in the state.

Stacking up telecom trade groups' multimillion-dollar revenues

How much revenue are the various U.S.-based telecom trade groups taking in each year? What compensation is their executive leadership receiving?