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Sprint, T-Mobile and others want FCC to scrutinize AT&T's recent spectrum purchases

Sprint, T-Mobile US and several public interest and industry organizations want the FCC to more closely scrutinize some of AT&T's recently proposed spectrum deals for low-band airwaves, especially 700 MHz spectrum. Specifically, they want the FCC to employ its recently announced "enhanced factor" review for low-band spectrum acquisitions.

Ofcom says Google white space trial maintains UK lead

Ofcom said the UK remains at the forefront of TV white space technology developments in Europe, as it revealed Google is the latest big-name company to join a series of trials of the unlicensed spectrum.

Comcast loses key CSN Houston ruling, clearing sale to AT&T and DirecTV

The sale of troubled regional sports network CSN Houston to AT&T and DirecTV now appears likely, with a bankruptcy court judge ruling against Comcast on the key matter of the network's remaining value.

Viacom threatens to bolt Canada if a la carte rules adopted, warns pay-TV faces 'death spiral'

Making it rather clear that he doesn't support new rules proposed by Canada's version of the FCC that would unbundle pay-TV programming, Viacom's Keith Murphy, SVP of government relations has told the commission that so-called "pick and play" mandates would set off a "consumer welfare-destroying death spiral" for the Great White North's TV industry.

Report: Washington state, Nebraska and New York impose highest tax rates on wireless service

Americans pay an average rate of 17 percent in combined federal, state and local taxes and fees on wireless service, according to a new study from the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based think tank. The group said the figure comprises a 5.82 percent federal rate and an average 11.23 percent state-local tax rate.

Comptel's Pickering on setting a new competitive agenda, TDM/IP transition and Telecom Act rewrite

Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of  FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and  how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.

AT&T to pay record $105M settlement related to unauthorized premium SMS billing

AT&T Mobility agreed to pay a $105 million penalty to settle an investigation by the FCC, which concluded the carrier billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services. The FCC said the settlement is the largest enforcement action in its history.

FCC moves to calm programmers' fears that shared deal info will be leaked

The FCC has announced a series of privacy protections, designed to allay the fears of programmers that deal info they share as part of the commission's ongoing pay-TV merger reviews will be leaked.

Supreme Court rejects Verizon's $51M tax appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively ended Verizon's fight with the IRS to avoid paying $51 million in taxes for an obsolete service connected to dial-up modems.

USTelecom petitions FCC for relief from legacy regulations

Regulations dating back to when phone companies had a monopoly on voice services are outdated and need to be revised because they impede investments in high-speed broadband networks, among other things. That's the gist of a petition trade group USTelecom filed with the FCC in which it noted that regulations imposed on telcos are archaic in a new era of telecommunications competition.