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UK operators agree £100 limit on stolen device call costs

The UK government said it has plugged another potential source of bill shock after brokering a voluntary deal with EE, O2 UK, Three UK, Virgin Media and Vodafone UK to cap costs accrued on stolen devices.

Amazon gets OK to test drones in rural Washington state

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Amazon approval to begin outdoor field tests of drones,  The New York Times  reports.

Wheeler says it again: FCC will not regulate pricing

When asked about the impact of the FCC's new net neutrality rules, top cable-industry executives have offered up a somewhat unified response: the effects should be minimal as long as the agency holds true to its promise not regulate rates.

Canadian regulators mandate a la carte distribution for pay-TV

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled Thursday that pay-TV operators must offer subscribers a basic programming channel selection, priced at no more than $25 a month. Any other networks on top of that must be offered a la carte, or in small bundles.

Comcast giving special traffic treatment to HBO, Showtime, Sony? Unlikely, says analyst

An article suggesting that Comcast was in negotiations with HBO, Showtime and Sony to treat the broadband traffic of the latter three's new OTT products as "managed services" set off skeptic alarms for one analyst.

Analyst questions reports of 'special treatment' deals between ISPs and streaming video providers

The Wall Street Journal created a mild furor with an article suggesting that Internet service providers like Comcast may be working out deals with high-volume online video providers like HBO to give their data "special treatment," such as dedicated fast lanes. However, at least one media outlet is questioning the accuracy of the story.

Comcast's secret online video plans compete directly with TWC, merger opponents tell California regulators

Starting in February 2014, when it first publicly proposed its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has framed its regulatory pitch on the fact that its video services footprint have little, if any, overlap with that of TWC. However, a group of California deal opponents say Comcast has plans to launch a broad-reaching, national online video service that render those supposedly safe battle lines moot.

FCC's Wheeler vows to fix designated entity rules so that huge companies can't get discounted spectrum

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday the agency is going to fix its rules on designated entities to ensure that they benefit truly small businesses and are not used as a front to give discounts on spectrum to multibillion-dollar corporations. Lawmakers, a Republican FCC commissioner and carriers have said that Dish Network manipulated the FCC's designated entity system in its bidding strategy for the AWS-3 spectrum auction to get discounts on airwaves.

LTE Broadcast likely won't violate net neutrality- and it probably won't be used much anyway

While there is a legitimate concern that LTE Broadcast content will be given a higher quality of service than regular, over-the-top video content, I don't think the situation will violate net neutrality. In fact, based on conversations I have had this week with experts at vendors that specialize in LTE Broadcast (and, admittedly, are proponents of the technology), carriers' use of it is likely to benefit customers, even those who are not taking advantage of it.

Report: Verizon to let CTIA, NCTA lead legal fight over FCC's net neutrality rules

Verizon Communications, AT&T, Comcast and other carriers and ISPs are likely going to let industry trade associations take up the legal fight against the FCC and sue the agency over its net neutrality rules, according to a Reuters report.