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Appeals court stays FCC's plan to disclose programmers' contracts with pay-TV operators

The U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. has agreed to hear arguments from major media conglomerates that the FCC's plan to disclose their contracts with pay-TV operators could hurt their leverage in future carriage negotiations.

AWS-3 auction nets $4.7B in bids over 2 days, but analysts say prices will rise over time

The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has yielded a little more than $4.7 billion in bids through its first seven rounds over the opening two days of the auction. However, the bidding so far has been concentrated around a few blocks of spectrum.

CBS begins messaging Dish viewers about pending retrans battle

With the current retrans deal between the broadcast network and the satellite operator set to expire Nov. 20, CBS has already gone into propaganda mode, warning Dish Network subscribers of a possible blackout.

U.S. Cellular partner, Cellcom and other small carriers oppose using Title II for net neutrality rules

A group of smaller, regional carriers has come out against reclassifying broadband as Title II common carrier service. The stance, the latest action in the ongoing net neutrality debate, aligns the smaller carriers with their larger wireless carrier rivals on the issue.

Oklahoma regulators struggle to reform phone subsidy program

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is having a tough time reforming a $37 million telephone fund for rural carriers that was started in 1996 with the intention of keeping basic telephone service affordable in rural areas.

FairPoint seeks 5-year extension of Vermont regulation oversight relief

FairPoint Communications wants a five-year extension on a Vermont incentive regulation plan that went into effect in 2012.

Report: Justice Department program scoops up Americans' cell phone identities in hunt for criminals

The U.S. Department of Justice is operating a program that sends out airplanes with equipment that mimics cell towers in an effort to track criminals and fugitives, but that also winds up scooping up identifying data about innocent Americans, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Montana PSC probing CenturyLink repair service

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) will continue to investigate CenturyLink landline service quality issues and outages after an informal investigation revealed violations of PSC rules.

Ofcom mobile broadband report highlights operators' 4G and 3G performance differences

Ofcom's first research into mobile broadband performance since its 4G auction in 2013 shows LTE delivers much higher speeds than 3G, but there are considerable differences in performance between operators and cities.

First round of FCC's AWS-3 auction draws $1.77B in bids, nearly 17% of total reserve price

The AWS-3 spectrum auction, the FCC's first major auction since 2008, kicked off with a bang. The first round of bidding drew provisional winning bids on 1,012 licenses. That totals around $1.767 billion in bids, or around 16.7 percent of the total $10.587 billion reserve price the FCC has set for the auction. A total of 1,614 licenses are up for grabs across 65 MHz of spectrum, including 15 MHz of unpaired uplink spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz band.