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FCC to fine Total Call Mobile a record $51M for alleged Lifeline fraud

The FCC announced plans to fine a wireless services provider a record $51 million for allegedly fraudulently enrolling tens of thousands of users into the Lifeline program in a move that underscores a problem that has plagued the government's program for years.

Verizon, Incompas call truce in special access regulation war

Verizon and Incompas have developed a proposal to regulate special access services, signaling that at least one large ILEC wants to come to an agreement following a decade long debate.

AT&T, Verizon express divergent opinions on U.S.-Cuba route policies

AT&T and Verizon are eager to take advantage of the service opportunity in Cuba as the United States has started to lift decades-long restrictions with the island country, but the two telcos take a different view on U.S.-Cuba route policies.

USTelecom touts study saying special access regulations will stifle broadband growth

As the FCC proposes new pricing controls over special access services, a new study commissioned by USTelecom argues that the move could have grave consequences on broadband investments and the country's job market.

Byron Allen walks back racism accusation, says statement went out by mistake

A PR rep for Byron Allen told FierceCable that a statement from the media mogul that accused pay-TV operators of being run by "racist white executives" wasn't intended to be released.

Google reiterates support for increasing 2.4 GHz band Wi-Fi by activating Channel 14

Google executives met with FCC commissioners and their advisors last week to discuss rules for the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, as well as Globalstar's proposed Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) that would occupy Wi-Fi Channel 14.

At Mobile Carriers Show in Nashville, smaller carriers to address auction, IoT, VoLTE, 5G and more

The wide range of topics affecting the nation's smaller carriers are on clear display in the agenda for the Competitive Carriers Association's upcoming Mobile Carriers Show in Nashville next week. On the schedule is everything from how to repair a smartphone to how carriers can position themselves for the Internet of Things.

Municipally-owned broadband networks should be a last resort, state leadership group says

A new report from the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) has taken aim at the municipal broadband movement, suggesting that networks should be the "last resort" a municipality should consider in expanding Internet access.

ZTE reports lower 2015 profit due to U.S. export sanctions

ZTE ratcheted down its 2015 net profit Wednesday due to the sanctions the U.S. imposed for allegedly violating governmental export controls on Iran. The Chinese telecom gear manufacturer reported $493.3 million in net profit for the year, down from the $586 million it posted in a preliminary report in January.

CenturyLink, FairPoint, Frontier want voice service funded in areas not covered by CAF-II

The CEOs of CenturyLink, FairPoint and Frontier Communications asked the FCC to provide financial support of voice services for residential and business customers that reside outside of areas covered by the Connect America Fund Phase II program.