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Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and others now fully embrace cell phone unlocking rules

As part of an agreement between the CTIA and FCC, the nation's largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to let customers who have fulfilled their contracts unlock their phones and tablets and move to another carrier.

Customer service crisis directly impacts Comcast's merger chances, analyst says

For those wondering if Comcast's never-ending bad press about its customer service will impact the regulatory review of its proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, high-profile media analyst Craig Moffett has an answer for you: yes, indeed.

Wi-Fi advocacy groups, auto industry spar over Wi-Fi Innovation Act

Several groups, including PCIA, TIA, the Wi-Fi Alliance, WiFiForward and the Wi-Fi Innovation Alliance, praised efforts by U.S. lawmakers to introduce the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, but a group of transportation industry officials still isn't happy with it.

Title II regulation will actually help Comcast-TWC merger chances, analysts say

While the "over-under" in recent weeks seems to have tilted against regulatory approval of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, a new wave of analyst comments compiled by Bloomberg seems to suggest that tighter, Title II-oriented reform of Internet regulation might actually help the deal's prospects.

Lafayette, La. to join FCC's anti-municipal broadband fight

Lafayette, La., the operator of the LUS Fiber municipal broadband network, is the next city considering a move to petition the FCC to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws.

Sprint's Bye: Carriers will still invest in networks even under Title II regulations

Sprint's decision to split from its wireless rivals and endorse an FCC plan that would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act was part of an effort by the carrier to show that such a move by the FCC would not stop investment in networks, according to Sprint CTO Stephen Bye. The FCC plans to vote on such a proposal on Feb. 26 as part of an effort to craft net neutrality regulations.

FCC's Wheeler: We must balance Internet openness with operators' return on investment in networks

BOULDER, Colo.--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the draft net neutrality proposal he circulated to commissioners last week will forgo sections of Title II of the Telecommunications Act that are a threat to network investment. In other words, "no rate regulation, no unbundling and no tariffs or new taxes," he said.

FCC's estimated opening bids for 600 MHz auction 'grossly' undervalues licenses, broadcaster group says

The FCC released estimates for opening bids for broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum in the agency's planned incentive auction of those airwaves. However, since the FCC's formula for calculating the opening bid prices does not take into account the prices paid in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, the figures have been criticized as undervaluing the spectrum.

House to probe whether White House improperly influenced FCC on net neutrality

A House oversight committee on Friday said it was launching a probe into whether the White House improperly influenced the FCC on its planned net neutrality rules.

Republicans launch investigation into Obama's 'improper influence' of net neutrality

A group of Republicans has taken the latest shot in the net neutrality battle, claiming that the Obama administration had "an improper influence" over the FCC's recent move to implement Title II on ISPs as part of its new net neutrality rules. This, of course, merits the time and resources needed to conduct a thorough investigation. FierceTelecom has a complete report here.