Dish Network sees video as the killer app for the wireless business, an industry it has every intention of entering, and it will not sell its accrued spectrum unless it fails to gain a toehold, according to Charlie Ergen, Dish chairman.
The reported decision by Sprint to end its $32 billion quest to buy T-Mobile will provide a significant regulatory boost to Comcast in its $45 billion attempt to buy Time Warner Cable, and AT&T in its $49 billion effort to buy DirecTV.
DirecTV has said it's not interested in an arbitration process to work out a carriage dispute that has kept 70 percent of the L.A. market blacked out from Dodgers games this season. Still, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), one of six lawmakers who originally proposed such a process in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, keeps trying to sell the plan
Verizon Wireless said in a letter to the FCC that its new "network optimization" policy on its LTE network is "a measured and fair step" that will ensure that heavy wireless data users "not disadvantage all others in the sharing of network resources during times of high demand." The carrier also said the practice is widely used among wireless carriers.
So what are the chances that a combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable pass the antitrust portion of the merger's regulatory review? TechDirt provides a fairly practical framework using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, the essential tool used in antitrust law to determine market concentration.
América Móvil cleared a key hurdle in moving ahead with its plan to merge its three Brazil-based service providers--Claro, NET Servicos and Embratel--into a single company as Brazil regulator Anatel approved the plan.
A New York federal judge was apparently unmoved by a desperate plea from embattled streaming service Aereo, which stated in a filing that the company is "bleeding to death" and requires an "emergency" broadcast retransmission license to stay alive.
It's unclear what T-Mobile US and parent Deutsche Telekom think of Iliad's $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, though early indications are that DT likely thinks the price is too low. However, analysts said the benefits from an Iliad deal are difficult to discern at this point.
Comcast executive VP David. L. Cohen stridently defended his cable company's diversity record, advising lawmakers of the numerous Latino-focused independent channels Comcast has launched recently, while cautioning them not to be used by what he termed as "parochial business interests."
We should have seen it coming: Just as we have watched the majority German-owned T-Mobile USA and the majority Japanese-owned Sprint contemplate walking down the aisle in slow motion, a new, dashing suitor has appeared on the stage and who else could it be? It's a French company that thinks it's a better match than the Japanese.