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Google takes NAB to task over 'emergency' petition on TV white space database

It's pretty clear what Google thinks of the National Association of Broadcasters' "emergency" petition asking the FCC to fix serious design flaws in its TV white space database system. In a word, "preposterous" might sum it up.

Wheeler urges INTX to make broadband more competitive; cable titans call his remarks 'baffling'

CHICAGO--Addressing an INTX convention backed by a trade group that's suing to stop his new Open Internet orders, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged cable operators to embrace their transformation from cable TV distributors to broadband companies and rise to the "challenge" of making Internet service a more competitive business.

Cogent asks regulators to place Internet traffic conditions on AT&T/DirecTV tie-up

Cogent Communications has asked federal regulators to reject AT&T's pending acquisition of DirecTV if it does not put restrictions on the new company to ensure it does not charge large fees for exchanging Web traffic.

Orange in talks to sell fibre assets to secure approval of Jazztel deal

Orange is in talks with a number of potential buyers for some of the fibre assets it would gain as part of an acquisition of Spanish broadband provider Jazztel, as it attempts to secure regulatory approval for the deal.

FCC seeking comment on LTE-U, LAA tech

While industry experts debate the merits of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), the FCC formally kicked off a comment period seeking input on a range of topics related to the technologies.

INTX keynotes: Roberts debuts X1 voice control, while Powell officially kills the word 'cable'

CHICAGO--Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts used his portion of Tuesday's keynote address at the INTX convention here to introduce--as explosively as possible--the company's highly anticipated Xfinity voice remote.

Netflix asks FCC to reject AT&T-DirecTV merger

Netflix has asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject the $49 billion merger of AT&T and DirecTV. Netflix executives told more than 20 FCC staffers last week, "The proposed merger would make AT&T the largest (multichannel video programing distributor) in the country, and potentially lead to its becoming the largest (Internet service provider) in the country as well."

Cogent, Verizon sign long-term interconnection pact

Cogent and Verizon have signed an interconnection agreement that could potentially improve the way video content like Netflix gets delivered to end users over their FiOS and DSL network connections.

CTIA seeks to block FCC's net neutrality rules from taking effect amid court challenges

On Friday CTIA made a filing with the FCC asking the agency to not put into effect its recently approved net neutrality rules. The trade group jointly made the filing for a stay with AT&T, USTelecom, CenturyLink and others. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on April 13, and are currently expected to go into effect 60 days from the publication date (on or around June 13).

BT gets ready to put its case for EE acquisition

BT could submit its plan to buy UK mobile operator EE to regulators as early as this week, formally starting a process that will last several months with a decision expected by the end of March 2016.