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Report: O2 UK CEO considers £8.5B MBO for former CK Hutchison target

O2 UK could be the subject of an £8.5 billion (€10.7 billion/$12.2 billion) management buyout following the collapse of CK Hutchison's bid for the mobile operator, according to the Telegraph.

FCC circulates order on Globalstar's TLPS proposal

The FCC informed Globalstar that an order in its proceeding to use terrestrial low power services (TLPS)  has been circulated  and is now pending action by the full commission.

Nokia seeks STA to test phones on drones at Kansas City Speedway

Don't look now, but those drones may soon be carrying phones. Nokia is requesting a Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC to conduct tests using three commercial smartphones attached to a drone. The company wants to do the tests at the Kansas City Speedway in Kansas for a three-month period starting next month.

Verizon's XO purchase will stifle EoC choices, say Windstream and Transbeam

Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications' fiber assets has come under fire from Windstream and Transbeam, which say it could cut off a major alternative source for Ethernet over Copper access.

Charter fined $640K for blocking third-party modems

Charter Communications will pay $640,000 and has agreed to a three-year compliance plan for preventing customers from using their modems for a period of several years.

Frontier lays out action plan to alleviate Florida customer pains

Frontier Communications has put together an action plan to remedy service issues in Florida that appeared following its acquisition and cutover of Verizon's wireline properties in the state.

Open Media to Netflix: VPN use is about privacy, not piracy

Months after Netflix announced its commitment to block users accessing its website through virtual private networks (VPNs), advocacy group Open Media is stepping up its efforts to convince the provider to stop, circulating a petition that asks Netflix to end its crusade against the technology. The group says that forcing people to access the SVOD service without a VPN exposes them to privacy threats and, in some countries, government action.

Charter-TWC merger set to close after California PUC approval

The California Public Utilities Commission voted in favor of Charter Communications' takeover of Time Warner Cable today, clearing the final regulatory hurdle of a three-way merger deal also involving Bright House Networks.

Three is no longer a magic number in EU telecoms

Unless you have, as the well-worn saying goes, been holidaying in Mars in recent days you will no doubt be aware that there is one unhappy businessman in Hong Kong. Li Ka-shing, the chairman of CK Hutchison, has been foiled in his attempt to create a new mobile monster after the European Commission decided to block his plan to buy O2 UK and merge it with Three UK.

New York may have to fork over $170M in CAF-II funds to other states

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said that New York state may need to give back over $170 million in CAF-II funding to the FCC, which would allocate the returned funds to other states.