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Report: Carphone Warehouse plans to launch Irish MVNO

Carphone Warehouse, which is in the throes of a £3.8 billion (€4.7 billion/$6.38 billion) merger with Dixons Retail in the UK, is reportedly on the verge of launching a mobile virtual network operator in Ireland to take advantage of new MVNO rules in this market.

Telefónica to be largest investor in Telecom Italia

The decision by three Italian investors in Telecom Italia to exit a shareholder pact that has existed since 2007 will see Telefónica become the largest direct shareholder in the Italian operator with a stake of around 15 per cent, although the demerger process is expected to take several months.

NFL creates sites to rally support around blackout rule

With the FCC pondering an end to rules that restrict the local TV blackout of sports events that aren't sold out, the National Football League on Monday launched a website aimed at protecting the league's ability to mandate blackouts.

Verizon gets N.Y. PUC permission to complete copper-to-fiber transition on Fire Island

Verizon has taken another step in transitioning its copper network to all-fiber in western Fire Island, New York, as the state's Public Service Commission (PUC) said it recommended closing its review of the telco's plans.

CTIA's Baker calls for spectrum 'report card' to assess how government agencies use airwaves

WASHINGTON—CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker wants to create a spectrum "report card" that would assess how efficiently government agencies are using their spectrum. That's one piece of a broader agenda she has for getting more airwaves for mobile broadband use beyond this fall's coming auction of AWS-3 spectrum and next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.

Court rules DirecTV can't drop Ovation and Reelz

Wading through a merger deal that was made 15 years ago, a Minnesota federal court has ruled that DirecTV cannot drop lightly watched channels Reelz and Ovation TV.

Kanojia, Aereo remain optimistic it will win in SCOTUS

Updated: With the U.S. Supreme Court set to make a fateful decision on their ongoing battle over content rights, SVOD service Aereo and the broadcast networks are reportedly both considering their options in the event the ruling doesn't go their way.

FCC to focus on whether wireless should be treated like wireline on net neutrality

As the FCC continues to stream a flood of comments on its net neutrality proposal, one aspect that will likely get more attention than it did in 2010 when the commission last tried to craft rules on the issue is whether wireless networks should be put on equal footing with wired ones.

Time Warner Cable's Siegel named CFO of SpinCo

Time Warner Cable executive Matthew Siegel has been named CFO of "SpinCo," the temporarily named new cable company being launched in a joint venture by Charter Communications and Comcast, it was announced Monday.

Analyst casts doubt on AT&T's professed bundling efficiencies

Kicking the tires on AT&T's claims to federal regulators last week that its proposed purchase of DirecTV will result in all kinds of consumer price benefits through bundled services, analyst Craig Moffett told investors Monday that AT&T has a  "fundamental misunderstanding" of bundling economics.