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AT&T-DirecTV combo promises new challenges for Comcast-TWC merger

AT&T's bid to acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion poses multiple challenges for the cable industry and, specifically, for Comcast's ongoing effort to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion.

T-Mobile CFO: More 'uncarrier' moves planned this year, 600 MHz auction 'very important'

A top T-Mobile US executive said that the carrier plans to make more "uncarrier" announcements throughout this year and next year in an effort to shake up the industry and maintain its momentum in the market. T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter also said the operator sees low-band spectrum as "very important" to its future, and is very interested in the FCC's upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcaster spectrum.

Italy probes Google, Apple over adverts for 'free' mobile games

Apple, Google, Amazon and French games developer Gameloft face fines of up to €5 million ($6.8 million) each if they are found guilty of the alleged mis-selling of mobile apps in Italy.

Report: UPC deal to pave way for EU clearance of Hutchison's Ireland buy

Hutchison Whampoa could be on the verge of securing European Union regulatory clearance for its planned €780 million ($1 billion) acquisition of O2 Ireland if it signs a deal soon that would help cable operator UPC launch a mobile virtual network operator to function as a new fourth player, reports say.

Trade groups back inflight calling using smartphones

Many members of the public cringe at the very idea that their seatmates on aircraft might be able to make inflight voice calls using their own smartphones, but trade groups representing network gear suppliers, consumer electronics makers and the high-tech sector are urging the FCC to end the ban on inflight calls.

Time Warner Cable countersues L.A. over franchise fees

Time Warner Cable is countersuing the City of Los Angeles after the city filed suit against the MSO claiming Time Warner Cable owed the city millions of dollars in unpaid franchise fees.

Tech companies object to FCC's net neutrality proposal

It didn't take long for tech companies big and small--including Amazon, Google and Yahoo--to rally against the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to charge a fee for a fast lane on the Internet. The companies said the new rules would hurt consumers and industry competition.

EC competition head rejects calls for changes to aid telecom consolidation

The European Commission's (EC) competition chief rejected calls from politicians for changes to current merger rules for the telecoms sector, saying such amendments would not create the truly single telecoms market that the region needs.

Google, others applaud FCC's plan for 600 MHz unlicensed spectrum

The FCC approved rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will open up bandwidth for unlicensed wireless use. Depending upon the how much spectrum is voluntarily relinquished by broadcasters in a reverse auction and repacked for the forward auction, a total of 14 to 28 MHz of guard band spectrum should be available for unlicensed use in a given area. And FCC official said that, depending on how much spectrum is repurposed in a given market, the agency expects the guard bands to be between 7 MHz and 11 MHz wide.

FCC incentive auction rules likely to benefit Sprint, T-Mobile and smaller carriers

WASHINGTON--The FCC adopted rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that are more favorable to Verizon Wireless and AT&T than initially contemplated.  However, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and smaller carriers are likely to claim some measure of victory because the FCC agreed to allow some spectrum to be reserved for carriers that do not control large amounts of low-band spectrum.