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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.

Report: AT&T assisted NSA in spying on Internet traffic

AT&T has been working with the US National Security Agency to provide Internet usage traffic records since 2011, according to a New York Times report.

Verizon, Dominion spar over Va. pole attachment rates

Verizon has become embroiled in a pole attachment battle with Virginia-based power company Dominion, arguing that the power company pays more for access than its CLEC competitors.

Report: AT&T handed over 1.1B wireless calling records per day to NSA

Starting in 2011 AT&T began handing over 1.1 billion domestic wireless calling records per day to the National Security Agency (NSA) after a push to get such a program started before the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a  New York Times  report.

Frontier to bring 25 Mbps broadband services to 750K new households by 2020

Frontier has set an aggressive timeline to expand broadband to 750,000 more households throughout its service footprint by the year 2020. Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Frontier, said in an FCC filing that this commitment will include the wireline properties it is in the process of buying from Verizon in California, Florida and Texas.