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Report: Hutchison to win approval for Irish deal this week

Hutchison Whampoa is set to gain European Union approval for its planned €780 million ($1 billion) acquisition of O2 Ireland as early as May 28 after the deal was reportedly backed by an important EU panel last week.

Moffett: AT&T-DirecTV deal will get done, but not without regulatory 'perspiration'

Kicking the tires on the widely held belief that AT&T's proposed $49.5 billion purchase of DirecTV will sail through the regulatory approval process, media analyst Craig Moffett crunched some of the key numbers federal officials will be looking at when they decide to approve or nix the deal.

AT&T wants 3.5 GHz band divided into sub-bands to promote small cell deployment

AT&T Mobility is recommending that the FCC slice up the 3.5 GHz band into different sub-bands for various classes of users so that AT&T and other licensed spectrum holders can have more certainty in deploying technologies such as small cells in the band.

Protest mars Comcast shareholder meeting; Sen. Franken seeks clarity on net neutrality abidance

Comcast Chairman-CEO Brian L. Roberts sought to serenade the nearly 100 shareholders who showed up at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday with a story about the media company's momentum as it seeks to gain approval and close out its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. But protestors gathered outside sought to ruin the music.

Wheeler expresses concern about programmers blocking websites during carriage fights

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday told congressional lawmakers that the trend among programmers to block access to their websites during carriage disputes with pay TV companies is "something we should all worry about."

Report: Liberty Global rules out becoming Germany's fourth mobile operator

As the European Commission further extended the deadline for its decision on Telefónica Deutschland's planned €8.55 billion ($11.72 billion) acquisition of KPN's E-Plus, Liberty Global's German cable unit reportedly said it is not interested in becoming Germany's fourth mobile operator should the deal be approved.

Sprint sues over claims of improper wireless call billing

Sprint has filed a lawsuit against two FairPoint subsidiaries, Verizon and Windstream over claims that they are improperly billing for switched-access charges on wireless calls, reports  Channel Partners.

TDS completes central Wisconsin broadband stimulus project, extends service to 1,900 households

TDS Telecom has put the final touches on its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) broadband stimulus project serving six counties in central Wisconsin, a buildout that will extend broadband services to about 1,900 area households.

FCC hopes to raise $10B from AWS-3 auction

The FCC put a $10 billion reserve on the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which is scheduled to start Nov. 13. The reserve is the minimum amount the FCC must raise through the auction to make it a success. The auction will be the biggest since the FCC's 700 MHz auction in 2008, though it will likely be dwarfed by next year's 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcaster spectrum.

Sprint fined record $7.5M for violating do-not-call rules

Sprint has to pay the FCC $7.5 million for failing to honor the agency's do-not-call rules by making unwanted calls and sending unwanted text messages to consumers.