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Frontier's West Va. fiber dealings under federal scrutiny

The U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general has asked West Virginia officials to turn over invoices and thousands of documents pertaining to how Frontier Communications used federal stimulus funds in connection with a $42 million fiber optic network built in that state.

FCC stops 'shot clock' on Comcast-TWC review to consider more comments

The FCC will stop the "shot clock" on its 180-day review of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and will give critics of the deal more time to voice dissension.

Wi-Fi expansion would add nearly 90K jobs, boost GDP by $11B, report says

The FCC's proposal to add 22 MHz to support Wi-Fi would provide a significant economic boost for consumers, generating $11 billion in gross domestic product per year and creating nearly 90,000 jobs, according to the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research.

West Virginia regulators send Citynet-Frontier dispute to administrative law judge

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) has essentially washed its hands of an ongoing dispute between Frontier Communications and Citynet. The PSC sent the case to an administrative law judge, who is expected to deliver an opinion by April 3, 2015.

FBI keeps police quiet on use of cell phone trackers

The FBI is keeping under wraps the use of a device that lets police officers zero in on the location of cell phones--and thereby persons of interest or suspects, according to a document released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Marriott to pay $600K fine over Wi-Fi blocking allegations

The FCC is letting it be known that it's not going to put up with Wi-Fi blockers, at least not when it comes to the Marriott hotel chain and facilities in Nashville, Tenn.

Rival ISPs fuming about Verizon's takedown of old net neutrality law

Nine months after Verizon successfully sued the FCC to have net neutrality legislation thrown out, the conglomerate's rivals are fuming, as they suspect the regulatory body will now enact new rules that are more restrictive.

Comcast takes another PR hit as plans to abandon Detroit post-merger come under scrutiny

As if Comcast needs any more public relations headaches as it tries to gain regulatory approval for its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, the conglomerate's plans to abandon that most forlorn of Midwestern cities, Detroit, has now come under scrutiny, too.

Ofcom CEO Ed Richards to leave at the end of 2014

Ofcom, the telecoms and broadcasting regulator for the United Kingdom, has started the search for a new chief executive after Ed Richards said he planned to step down at the end of December this year.

AT&T cheers FCC's forthcoming moves to speed up wireless infrastructure deployment

AT&T Mobility indicated it is pleased that the FCC is poised to take steps to accelerate the deployment of wireless network infrastructure, including small cells. Although the FCC has not fully detailed what steps it will take, AT&T is giving strong hints of what will in the draft order--and that it likes what it sees.