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TeliaSonera latest to reveal authorities' communication-interception requests

TeliaSonera received 1,145 requests for lawful interception of subscribers' communications from Swedish authorities in the first half of 2014, over half the total number of requests received in the country in all of 2013.

Comcast-TWC deal draws 43K public comments as L.A. mayor asks FCC to extend deadline

With the carriage impasse over Time Warner Cable's SportsNet LA taking center stage in Los Angeles political arena, Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked the FCC to extend the Sept. 8 public comment deadline for the merger of Comcast and TWC.

Comcast's Cohen to regulators: 'Don't make us the next Blockbuster'

Stumping for regulatory approval of his company's proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast executive VP David L. Cohen reached for a rather interesting simile: federal regulators' decision in 2005 to stop Blockbuster from acquiring Hollywood Video.

Spectrum crunch report: There are 'persistent errors' in projections of demand for wireless

According to a new research paper, worries over a looming "spectrum crunch" may not be accurate. The paper investigated recent forecasts including the estimate of a 275 MHz spectrum shortage by 2014 from the FCC and an estimate of a 1,280-MHz to 1,720-MHz spectrum shortage by 2020 from the ITU.

AT&T, DirecTV demand that FCC not extend comment period on merger review

Public Knowledge and the Community Broadband Networks Initiative have asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend the public comment deadline beyond Sept. 16 for the proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger. But on Wednesday, the two communications giants countered that the FCC should not consider this request.

SportsNet LA standoff could 'undermine' TWC-Comcast merger, but FCC is mum

As the carriage impasse over Time Warner Cable's new regional sports network home for the L.A. Dodgers enters its sixth month, speculation is emerging that the standoff could negatively impact the proposed merger between TWC and Comcast.

Report: Vodafone targets TIM Brasil acquisition to enter Brazilian mobile market

Vodafone is mulling an acquisition of TIM Brasil, Telecom Italia's Brazilian mobile phone business, as a way of entering the lucrative Latin American market.

Spectrum refarming for wireless broadband fraught with twists and turns

A funny thing happened on the way to opening up 500 MHz for fixed and mobile wireless broadband. Reality reared its head, revealing just how challenging it can be to free up spectrum that is already being used for other purposes and hand it over to the wireless industry.

AWS-3 auction winners could face lots of spectrum-coordination hitches

Winners in the upcoming AWS-3 auction may find themselves confronting years of spectrum-coordination challenges as they work to finesse their way through incumbent relocation and frequency-sharing issues, according to Chris Hardy, general manager of CommScope subsidiary Comsearch.

UK to trial online-video age ratings

Coming soon to YouTube music videos in the UK: a ratings system that warns parents if the content of an online video is inappropriate for their kids.