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Verizon argues for combining 37 GHz, 39 GHz into single band for 5G

In its latest lobbying efforts at the FCC, Verizon is reiterating the importance of the spectrum bands above 24 GHz to help jumpstart 5G deployment, but it's also arguing for the FCC to combine the 37 GHz band with the 39 GHz band to create a single 3 GHz band of contiguous spectrum, with channels at least 200 MHz wide.

HBO warns that Charter-TWC merger poses risks to online video

Executives for Time Warner Inc. and its HBO programming division met with officials for the FCC's Media and Wireline Competition Bureaus earlier this week, warning them that Charter's purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks could threaten the deployment of over-the-top services.

AFL-CIO weighs in on T-Mobile's labor disputes

The AFL-CIO weighed in on T-Mobile's disputes over working conditions, urging the carrier to change its policies regarding confidentiality agreements for internal investigations and to inform employees of their rights as potential whistleblowers.

Frontier says it costs over $1B for carriers to provide rural voice services

Frontier, a telco that has a large rural presence, estimates that providing services in these hard-to-reach areas costs service providers over $1 billion.

AT&T to FCC: AllVid would destroy carefully orchestrated channel placement agreements

AT&T told the FCC that backers of the controversial AllVid video technology standard have no intention of maintaining carefully orchestrated agreements worked out between pay-TV operators and programmers as to which channels go where on user interface grids.

Canada's telecom commission asks consumers to list essential communications services

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has asked the country's consumers and business owners to tell it what services they need to be a part of the growing digital world.

Level 3, Google establish settlement-free interconnection arrangement

Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.

BT to close EE deal in January after winning approval from the CMA

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) cleared BT's planned £12.5 billion (€16.5 billion/$17.9 billion) acquisition of EE from Orange and Deutsche Telekom, saying the merger is not expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition in any markets in the UK.

Retransmission-related blackouts jumped to 193 in 2015, WSJ says

Negotiations between pay-TV providers and content owners for retransmission rights have always been tense, but in 2015 the issue became even more acute.

AT&T wants to discontinue collect calling, international directory assistance services

AT&T hopes to stop offering a host of operator assisted services this year, including collect calling, signaling the ongoing decline in once-essential legacy telephone services.