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Verizon's New Jersey legacy phone services poised for deregulation

Verizon may get some landline relief in New Jersey: The state's utilities commission will likely move this week to lift some pricing regulations around basic residential telephone service, making it possible for the carrier to raise its rates for POTS (plain old telephone service) as much as 36 percent--and possibly higher, in time.

Google touts Spectrum Access System for 3.5 GHz spectrum management

Spectrum sharing was a theme at the  I nternational Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART 2015) in Boulder, Colo., last week, and   Google shared what it's been doing to enable the FCC's spectrum-sharing vision in the 3.5 GHz band.

BT faces mandate to provide dark fiber to competitive business providers

BT may soon have to provide dark fiber solutions to competitors that operate in its territory as the country's regulator Ofcom has proposed that the incumbent telco should provide physical access to its fiber cables.

FairPoint to lay off 260 workers, with majority in northern New England

FairPoint Communications announced that it's going to lay off nearly 260 workers across its 17-state footprint, with most of the employees affected by this change residing in its northern New England territory.

AT&T, T-Mobile urge FCC to change DE rules, while U.S. Cellular, CCA warn against drastic reforms

The battle lines are being drawn over changes to the FCC's bidding rules ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. AT&T and T-Mobile US want the commission to place restrictions on its designated entity (DE) rules to guard against what they argue was Dish Network's unfair manipulation of the rules during the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction.

Dish, Cogent ask FCC to place conditions on AT&T/DirecTV deal that favor online video

With approval of the $49 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV nearing, executives for Dish Network and Cogent Communications reportedly met with FCC officials last week and asked them to impose restrictions on the combined operation as it relates to online video.

Cox ups patent battle with AT&T, claims three infringements

A patent battle between Cox Communications and AT&T has escalated, with the cable company this time suing the wireless giant for alleged infringement of three registered patents.

USTelecom, CenturyLink, AT&T jointly file for stay of FCC net neutrality rules

USTelecom and its key members AT&T and CenturyLink have filed a petition asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay the FCC's Open Internet order.

Verizon's EVP and strategic policy advisor Milch to retire; Silliman assumes duties

Verizon Communications' executive vice president of global public policy and communications, Randal Milch, announced he is retiring from the company later this month.

AT&T-DirecTV deal nears closure, still A-OK with regulators

Performing yet another heat check on the smooth-sailing AT&T-DirecTV merger proposal, the  Wall Street Journal  reports that regulator closure is just weeks away and that the FCC and the Justice Department still have no major issues with it.