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Bluetooth SIG, others dispute Globalstar's TLPS test results

Last week, Globalstar trumpeted the successful tests it completed during demonstrations at the FCC showing no interference between terrestrial low power services (TLPS), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. But the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is having none of it, saying its own demonstrations at the FCC actually provided illustrations of interference with Bluetooth hearing aids and Bluetooth Smart Lighting.

Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV merger reviews halted by FCC

The FCC once again will pause the 180-day "shot clock" on its regulatory reviews for the prospective mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV.

Comcast says opposition-coalition white paper full of inaccuracies

Continuing its exhaustive struggle to turn public and political favor toward a Time Warner Cable acquisition deal it first proposed 13 months ago, Comcast has taken aim at a white paper filed by one of several anti-merger coalitions, Stop Mega Comcast.

Ofcom must break up BT as part of review, rivals say

BT's rivals are pressuring Ofcom to break up the former incumbent as part of the regulator's latest review into the UK's digital communications market, which Ofcom opened on Thursday (Mar. 12).

FCC releases net neutrality order, lawsuits expected

The FCC has delivered its long-awaited net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC posted the 400-page order to its website two weeks after it was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Democratic-controlled commission.

FCC releases net neutrality order, industry preps lawsuits

The FCC has delivered its long-awaited net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, one that will open a host of legal challenges from major telcos like AT&T and Verizon.

FTC accuses DirecTV of misleading customers about 12-month promo deals, free HBO

The Federal Trade Commission has charged DirecTV with deceptive advertising, alleging that the satellite TV operator has been luring prospective customers with 12-month promotional rates but not properly explaining to them the implications of the two-year contract these deals entail.

FCC publishes net neutrality rules, takes hard line on network management practices

The FCC published its full net neutrality rules and gave wireless carriers insight into three key elements of the regulations: what constitutes "reasonable network management;" how future wireless data practices will be evaluated to make sure they comply with the rules; and why wireless networks are covered in the first place.

Senators grill FirstNet's Swenson on rural coverage, hiring process

In the first Senate Commerce Committee hearing on its progress toward establishing a common nationwide broadband public-safety network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was queried on everything from how it will incorporate rural areas into its broadband network to the excruciatingly long periods it takes FirstNet to hire people.

Globalstar: Tests at FCC facility show successful TLPS implementation

In a highly anticipated demonstration of its technology before the FCC, Globalstar showed that Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) operations on Channel 14 had no negative impact on Wi-Fi operations within the public Wi-Fi channels in the ISM band.