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The nasty battle over retrans: Titanic deck chairs, Rome burning come to mind

With broadcasters hemorrhaging ratings points and advertising dollars not only to cable but to the Internet, and cord cutting recently deemed by the tech press to be a "real thing," do these guys know what time it is?

Ergen to FCC: Reject the Comcast-TWC merger

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has told the FCC to reject the proposed mega-merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

ACA urges FCC to make DirecTV and Dish pay regulatory fees

The American Cable Association is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to impose regulatory fees on DBS providers DirecTV and Dish Network equal to those currently charged to cable providers.

Pay TV has had 3,050 service outages so far this year, broadcasters tell Congress

Continuing an aggressive communications barrage against the pay TV industry, broadcast group TVfreedom wrote its latest Congressional letter to perhaps its most sympathetic lawmaker, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), informing her that U.S. cable, satellite and telco video providers have experienced 3,050 service interruptions so far this year.

Verizon reveals 150K government information requests in first half of 2014

The U.S. government made close to 150,000 requests for customer information in the first half of 2014, including 72,500 subpoenas, Verizon said as part of its second Transparency Report.

Burlington Telecom sale could ease taxpayer headache

The fate of Burlington Telecom is in the hands of Vermont's Public Service Board (PSB), which is mulling a city-backed proposal to sell off the publicly owned company's assets to a private investor.

America Movil blinks first, says it will sell assets

Facing the inevitability of new rules aimed at breaking its grip on Mexico's telecommunications industry, Carlos Slim's América Móvil announced that it would sell off "certain assets … to a new and solid carrier independent from América Móvil with experience in the telecommunications sector."

Gowex staff mull legal action as CEO admits to false accounting

Let's Gowex staff denied any knowledge about irregularities in the Spanish Wi-Fi provider's finances that have resulted in the company going bust, and said they are considering legal action over the matter.

Map shows possible TV white-space coverage zones for 16,500+ libraries

An interactive online map from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) shows prospective TV white space (TVWS) coverage zones for the more than 16,500 U.S. public libraries, which the GLN is using to make a pitch for including such facilities in upcoming rural broadband experiments authorized by the FCC.

NAB, NCTA want more time to caption online video clips

As the FCC prepares for a July 11 vote that could extend closed captioning requirements to online clips--like online promos for upcoming shows and breaking news blurbs--the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) asked for more time and lower quality standards for Web clips.