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FCC's Wheeler again knocks Verizon's unlimited-LTE data-throttling policy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that just because other wireless carriers also throttle customers' data speeds does not mean that Verizon Wireless is in the clear in doing so for some of its customers on legacy unlimited data plans. He said he is concerned that such plans have commercial motives and indicated that the FCC has asked all Tier 1 carriers about their throttling practices.

Senators push for pay TV retransmission reform; broadcasters push back

Broadcasters, increasingly dependent on retransmission fees paid by pay TV providers--and in turn covered by pay TV subscribers--don't like an idea being floated around the Senate Commerce Committee that would give subscribers the choice of paying for broadcast services individually.

Cellcom Israel reports 18% rise in Q2 net profit

Cellcom, Israel's largest mobile operator, reported a 17.9 per cent rise in its second-quarter net profit to NIS 79 million (€17 million/$23 million) thanks to cost-cutting measures in what is still a very competitive market.

Kenya Airways signs MVNO agreement with Airtel

Kenya Airways and Bharti Airtel have reached a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement that should eventually see the airline offer mobile services to its customers.

FCC mandates text-to-911 for all carriers and some OTT providers like iMessage, but big gaps remain

The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. However, only a tiny number of 911-answering centers across the country currently support text-to-911 service, and wireless carriers are worried that too many OTT messaging apps will be exempted from the rules because of technical concerns.

Comcast-TWC is like pairing Justin Bieber and Lamborghini, Consumers Union says

Trying to inspire consumer activism against Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, the Consumers Union is using a little humor in its just-released national TV commercial.

Report: Number of UK LTE users exceeds 6M

There were more than 6 million LTE subscriptions in the UK by the end of March 2014, according to latest estimates by UK regulator Ofcom.

ACA, ATVA ramp up retrans battle with TV commercial

The American Cable Association and the American Television Alliance are taking the spirited communications battle over retransmission rules into the living room of pay-TV subscribers.

Ergen: Video is vital to wireless industry Dish is determined to join

Dish Network sees video as the killer app for the wireless business, an industry it has every intention of entering, and it will not sell its accrued spectrum unless it fails to gain a toehold, according to Charlie Ergen, Dish chairman.

Analysts: Sprint's scuttling of T-Mobile deal takes regulatory pressure off pay-TV mergers

The reported decision by Sprint to end its $32 billion quest to buy T-Mobile will provide a significant regulatory boost to Comcast in its $45 billion attempt to buy Time Warner Cable, and AT&T in its $49 billion effort to buy DirecTV.