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Blamethrowers: broadcasters fire back at ACA programming cost complaints

An organization representing local network affiliates and other broadcasters took umbrage at claims that their members are responsible for spiraling cable TV bills.

Comcast, Georgia town settle utility pole dispute

A recently resolved dispute between Comcast and Chickamauga, Ga., revisits the need for grassroots infrastructure in cable system operations. In this case, the dispute revolved around the age-old problem of pole attachment fees and how much Comcast should pay.

AT&T fined $25M for customer data breaches used to obtain codes to unlock phones

AT&T Mobility agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle an FCC investigation into privacy breaches of customers' personal information at call centers in Mexico, Columbia and the Philippines. Employees at those call centers accessed customer information without authorization and then sold the information to third parties, which then used the customer data to request codes from AT&T to unlock phones, according to the FCC.

LightSquared could target first responders, transport and energy industries with new service

Now that it has emerged from bankruptcy protection, LightSquared wants to get back to what it had planned to do before it got mired in restructuring nearly three years ago: use spectrum to provide wireless service to U.S. customers.

ACA asks FCC to use Section 706 to curb rising program costs

The American Cable Association continues to hammer away on the notion that cable companies can improve broadband services if they're relieved from the burden of spiraling programming costs.

CenturyLink faces $16M FCC fine for multi-state 911 outage

CenturyLink is going to have to pony up $16 million to pay an FCC fine for a 911 outage that affected multiple states in its territory.

YouTube ads break FTC rules around children's programming, consumer groups say

The YouTube Kids streaming app, which was launched in February, has come under fire from consumer advocacy groups, which say that its video programming disregards Federal Trade Commission rules that limit the amount and type of advertising around children's programming.

MVPD business shrinks as OTA usage increases, FCC report finds

Pay-TV operators saw subscribing households in the U.S. drop from 101 million to 100.9 million between year-end 2012 and year-end 2013, a new FCC report says.

Comcast says merger will expand access to its 'leading' VOD, TVE products

With the FCC and Justice Department entering the last third of their review of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast is back on offense.

With Globalstar proceeding, saying 'it's complicated' is an understatement

Globalstar says that demonstrations performed at the FCC's Technology Experience Center confirm that terrestrial low power service is a good neighbor to Wi-Fi operations and Bluetooth. Bluetooth Special Interest Group disputes that, but Globalstar continues to urge the commission to expeditiously approve its TLPS proposal. What gives?