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Telenor and TeliaSonera confident of Danish merger approval in 2015

Telenor and TeliaSonera said they were confident that a planned merger of their respective Danish mobile network operations would be approved during 2015 after the European Commission (EC) opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed deal. The approval deadline has already been extended by a further 10 days to Sept. 2.

Cable gets ready to take a big bite out of the wholesale market

Cable companies may still not have the same ubiquity or clout that incumbent telcos have enjoyed for years in the wholesale market, but it's clear that they are having an impact. In our latest feature,  Cable hones its wholesale skills in special access and wireless backhaul,  we take a look at how cable operators are taking on the wholesale services industry, providing services to a host of wireless operators, CLECs, IXCs and ILECs that need to fulfill out-of-territory service requirements for multi-site business customers.

FCC grants AWS-3 spectrum to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, but not yet to Dish's designated entities

The FCC approved the assignment of AWS-3 spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile US, along with several smaller bidders. However, the commission has yet to approve licenses won in the AWS-3 auction by two designated entities in which Dish Network has an 85 percent economic stake, Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The FCC has also not yet approved licenses for several other bidders.

Blamethrowers: broadcasters fire back at ACA programming cost complaints

An organization representing local network affiliates and other broadcasters took umbrage at claims that their members are responsible for spiraling cable TV bills.

Comcast, Georgia town settle utility pole dispute

A recently resolved dispute between Comcast and Chickamauga, Ga., revisits the need for grassroots infrastructure in cable system operations. In this case, the dispute revolved around the age-old problem of pole attachment fees and how much Comcast should pay.

AT&T fined $25M for customer data breaches used to obtain codes to unlock phones

AT&T Mobility agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle an FCC investigation into privacy breaches of customers' personal information at call centers in Mexico, Columbia and the Philippines. Employees at those call centers accessed customer information without authorization and then sold the information to third parties, which then used the customer data to request codes from AT&T to unlock phones, according to the FCC.

LightSquared could target first responders, transport and energy industries with new service

Now that it has emerged from bankruptcy protection, LightSquared wants to get back to what it had planned to do before it got mired in restructuring nearly three years ago: use spectrum to provide wireless service to U.S. customers.

ACA asks FCC to use Section 706 to curb rising program costs

The American Cable Association continues to hammer away on the notion that cable companies can improve broadband services if they're relieved from the burden of spiraling programming costs.

CenturyLink faces $16M FCC fine for multi-state 911 outage

CenturyLink is going to have to pony up $16 million to pay an FCC fine for a 911 outage that affected multiple states in its territory.

YouTube ads break FTC rules around children's programming, consumer groups say

The YouTube Kids streaming app, which was launched in February, has come under fire from consumer advocacy groups, which say that its video programming disregards Federal Trade Commission rules that limit the amount and type of advertising around children's programming.