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The 10 highest paid CEOs in wireline in 2013

A number of the largest telcos reported in recent public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) how much their CEOs made in 2013. FierceTelecom examines the salary and compensation rates of chief executives at 10 publicly traded service providers in our annual highest paid CEOs in wireline feature.

Broadcasting is about to change, regardless of Aereo lawsuit's outcome

It doesn't matter whether Aereo wins or loses its Supreme Court case. Broadcasting is going to change, because consumers demand it.

Tracking wireline's top-earning CEOs

Who are the highest-paid CEOs in the wireline industry? There weren't any surprises in the top-two category, with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson once again dominating those spots. 

IP litigation as competition: OpenTV, Nagra file another patent suit against Netflix

For the third time since 2012, Netflix is the target of a patent suit filed by Nagra and OpenTV, both owned by Swiss company Kudelski SA. The suit involves four patents related to digital TV services.

Washington Post, Free Press take opposing sides on Comcast-TWC merger

The Washington Post editorial board has thrown its support behind Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable with the proviso that "regulators will respond if big industry players begin to violate basic principles of market fairness."

Report: FCC's planned incentive auction rules would set aside spectrum for smaller carriers

The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a  Re/code  report.

Viacom-NCTC programming deal rejected by community-owned operator MPW

Muscatine Power and Water, a local utility and digital cable TV provider in Iowa, has decided it would rather switch off than fight when it comes to the newly negotiated program carriage agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom. Multiple NTSC members, including one of the largest, Cable One, have also rejected the agreement.

Frontier says E-rate funding should not fund middle-mile overbuilds

Frontier Communications is ready to serve rural school districts with its own last mile services but says the FCC should not extend funding to other competitors to overbuild where they already provide service.

Fla. telephone company owners accused of bilking $32M out of Lifeline program

Three telephone company owners who supplied phone service to low-income consumers have been accused of defrauding the federal Lifeline program of more than $32 million, reports the  Tampa Bay Times.

Franken rails against Comcast-TWC merger, says media companies fear retaliation

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, the only member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to openly oppose Comcast's proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable during a public hearing last week, took his offensive to the cable airwaves yesterday.