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Pai calls for end to NFL's cable, satellite blackout rules

Sports fans have an ally in FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who is taking on the powerful National Football League for them. Pai, speaking at a news conference in Buffalo, called NFL blackout rules "outdated" and said he'd like his fellow commissioners to do something about it.

Frontier will not raise rates in Connecticut for 3 years

To get approval of its acquisition of AT&T's  U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut, Frontier Communications cut a deal with the Connecticut Attorney General in which it agreed to not increase the rates for basic primary residential service for 36 months. The company also said it will offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontier's current prices.

OTT shift drives hike in Olympia, Wash. subscribers' cable tax

City fathers in Olympia, Wash., are using the increased popularity of over-the-top viewing as a reason to wring more money from an already stressed source, raising the tax on Comcast cable customers by $5 a month starting Jan. 1, 2015.

Comcast-TWC critics look askance at $130K fete for FCC's Clyburn

Even as the FCC and other regulatory bodies continue to review Comcast's $45.2 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable, the two companies plan to spend more than $130,000 on a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, multiple reports say.

Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV megadeals have rural viewers worried

About half of the thousands of letters the FCC has received about Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable and AT&T's planned acquisition of DirecTV have come from viewers who want their RFD-TV.

Local markets in Northeast, Michigan, Southeast deal with SpinCo ramifications

Even as federal regulators continue to ponder the efficacy of SpinCo, the Comcast and Charter Communications subscriber juggle proposed to clear one hurdle of Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable, the wide-ranging deal is roiling local markets that might soon, for better or worse, have a completely new cable operator presence.

Lawmakers urge FCC to consider national security in Neustar fight with Ericsson's Telcordia

Key lawmakers have told the FCC not to ignore national security concerns when deciding on which company should manage a major telephone-numbers management contract that has pitted U.S.-based Neustar against Ericsson's Telcordia unit.

BT Openreach to conduct customer experience trial with carrier customers

Openreach, BT's access network unit, is inviting its service provider customers to participate in a trial where a drop card will be left by engineers asking for feedback from residential customers.

Fans' antitrust case against MLB, NHL, pay TV moves a step closer to trial

Unhappy sports fans won one in their antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, Comcast and DirecTV when a federal judge rejected an effort by the defendants to dismiss the case.

Viacom-Cablevision antitrust battle escalates with fraud allegations

The ongoing nasty antitrust court battle between Viacom and Cablevision has escalated with Viacom now alleging that Cablevision committed fraud when the two companies signed a carriage deal in 2012. Viacom wants that contract with the cable company to be rescinded.