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Leading German telcos face NSA, GCHQ spy probe

German authorities are preparing a far-reaching probe into claims U.S. and UK intelligence agencies have free and easy access to telecoms data from major operators including Deutsche Telekom.

AWS-3 auction: DoD pledges to enable greater access to shared spectrum

The next major U.S. spectrum auction, for AWS-3 frequencies, is slated to begin in less than two months, and the Department of Defense (DoD) is pledging to do what it can to reduce the size of coordination zones in the 1755-1780 MHz band to enable greater access to shared spectrum by commercial operations.

State attorneys general will probe AT&T/DirecTV merger

An attorneys general probe involving two-dozen states that is examining the legality of Comcast's  proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable has been expanded to include AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

AT&T, SoftBank, T-Mobile execs push for wireless carve-out in net neutrality guidelines

LAS VEGAS--Executives from a handful of the nation's top wireless carriers unanimously rejected arguments that wireless networks should fall under the same net neutrality guidelines as wireline networks. The comments are notable in light of a speech this week from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinting that the agency is considering rules that would apply much more strict open Internet guidelines onto wireless carriers than it did in 2010.

Local Choice pulled from Senate bill

Fearing that their Local Choice proposal is too ambitious for full Congressional approval on a short timeline, the proposal's creators, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), have pulled it out of the Senate Commerce Committee's satellite-TV bill.

FCC's Wheeler sets Sept. 30 date to vote out NFL blackout rules

Signaling the FCC's most decisive move yet in regard to ending 40-year-old rules that black out local pro football games, Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has set a Sept. 30 vote to—he apparently hopes—do away with them.

FCC's Wheeler defends commission's opposition to M&A, hints at stricter approach to net neutrality in wireless

LAS VEGAS--During a keynote appearance here at the Super Mobility Week show, FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler defended the commission's opposition to AT&T's attempt to acquire T-Mobile US, and more recently the FCC's resistance to Sprint's reported efforts to merge with T-Mobile. Wheeler also hinted that the commission is seriously considering applying stricter net neutrality guidelines on wireless carriers.

Legal issues: Colorado Springs TWC employees sue; St. Cloud council assails Charter

A pair of MSOs are in hot water in local markets. In Colorado Springs, a federal judge ordered Time Warner Cable to submit a list of 800 current and former call center employees as part of a year-old lawsuit regarding overtime pay. In St. Cloud, Minn., the city council alleges that Charter Communications violated its franchise agreement by moving public access channels without telling the city.

Discovery Channel parent opposes Comcast-TWC merger

Discovery Communications, parent company of the Discovery Channel and other pay TV programming, has come out in opposition to Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Local Choice now part of Senate's satellite reauthorization bill

The Senate version of satellite reauthorization will indeed include Local Choice, a controversial Commerce Committee proposal that essentially strips broadcast channels out of the pay-TV bundle.