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CenturyLink, Consolidated, TDS ask FCC to revamp retransmission consent rules

A group of telcos including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS have asked the FCC to bring consistency to the retransmission consent negotiation process.

Hawaiian Telcom accepts $26M in CAF II funds to extend broadband to 11K new locations

Hawaiian Telcom will take $26 million in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) funding to extend 10/1 Mbps capable broadband service to over 11,000 unserved rural locations. With a focus on neighbor islands in Hawaii, the telco is now working on a deployment timeline for the six-year period, beginning in 2015 through 2020.

LightSquared still jousting with GPS Innovation Alliance over interference testing

Even though LightSquared and GPS device firm Trimble have indicated that they are willing to engage in settlement talks, the wireless firm continues to spar with a group of GPS industry companies over interference testing between LightSquared's spectrum and GSP receivers.

Frontier, TDS join chorus calling on FCC to reform pole access rates

Frontier and TDS Telecom agree with COMPTEL and Level 3's recent FCC petition that all service providers should be able to get competitively priced access to local power utility poles to expand their broadband networks.

FairPoint takes $37.4M in CAF II funds, eyes broadband expansion for 105K locations

FairPoint has accepted $37.4 million in funding from Phase II of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), enabling it to build network infrastructure that will bring 10/1 Mbps broadband services to nearly 105,000 locations in 14 states.

FCC slaps $750K fine on Smart City for blocking Wi-Fi

In its second major enforcement action against companies accused of blocking Wi-Fi, the FCC is reiterating that it's not tolerating Wi-Fi blocking of any kind, including at convention centers where getting access to Wi-Fi can be challenging even in the best of circumstances.

Unveiling Europe's evolving telecom regulatory environment

In less than a year, Europe's telecom regulatory regime has gone through a broad makeover with a number of new officials taking charge of overseeing the regulation of the region's wireless, cable and telco services.

Verizon, Sprint get into war of words over data roaming rules

Verizon Wireless and Sprint are tussling over data roaming rules, with Sprint arguing that the FCC should not overlook the differences in spectrum holdings and the "head start" Verizon and AT&T got in building out their nationwide networks. Verizon maintains that Sprint's arguments are "tired" and designed to avoid building out its network.

FCC denies Dish partners $3.3B in bidding credits in AWS-3 auction

As expected, the FCC voted unanimously to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two Dish Network affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum, but it's still unclear how Dish will respond.

Hawaii to state employees: No, you can't stream Netflix

Responding to a state Office of Information Management and Technology report that public employees were spending between 100 and 300 hours streaming online video from services like Netflix and Hulu, Hawaii is blocking state workers' access to the streaming services while on the job.