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Ofcom must break up BT as part of review, rivals say

BT's rivals are pressuring Ofcom to break up the former incumbent as part of the regulator's latest review into the UK's digital communications market, which Ofcom opened on Thursday (Mar. 12).

FCC releases net neutrality order, lawsuits expected

The FCC has delivered its long-awaited net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC posted the 400-page order to its website two weeks after it was approved in a 3-2 vote by the Democratic-controlled commission.

FCC releases net neutrality order, industry preps lawsuits

The FCC has delivered its long-awaited net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, one that will open a host of legal challenges from major telcos like AT&T and Verizon.

FTC accuses DirecTV of misleading customers about 12-month promo deals, free HBO

The Federal Trade Commission has charged DirecTV with deceptive advertising, alleging that the satellite TV operator has been luring prospective customers with 12-month promotional rates but not properly explaining to them the implications of the two-year contract these deals entail.

FCC publishes net neutrality rules, takes hard line on network management practices

The FCC published its full net neutrality rules and gave wireless carriers insight into three key elements of the regulations: what constitutes "reasonable network management;" how future wireless data practices will be evaluated to make sure they comply with the rules; and why wireless networks are covered in the first place.

Senators grill FirstNet's Swenson on rural coverage, hiring process

In the first Senate Commerce Committee hearing on its progress toward establishing a common nationwide broadband public-safety network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was queried on everything from how it will incorporate rural areas into its broadband network to the excruciatingly long periods it takes FirstNet to hire people.

Globalstar: Tests at FCC facility show successful TLPS implementation

In a highly anticipated demonstration of its technology before the FCC, Globalstar showed that Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) operations on Channel 14 had no negative impact on Wi-Fi operations within the public Wi-Fi channels in the ISM band.

ACA to FCC: Want better broadband? Help us control video programming costs

The cable industry has a new hedge in its battle to control spiraling program costs: Hook the struggle to the federal government's effort to expand high-speed Internet deployment.

Verizon not worried about cable companies' push into wireless via Wi-Fi offerings

Verizon Wireless is not that worried that cable MSOs will start eating into the wireless business with Wi-Fi-first business models, according to a senior Verizon executive. At an investor conference today, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo touched on several hot-button issues for Verizon and the wider industry, including new FCC regulations on net neutrality and data roaming.

Verizon joins AT&T, T-Mobile in asking FCC to take a tougher stance on joint bidding

Verizon Wireless came out against joint bidding arrangements for future spectrum auctions, allying itself with AT&T Mobility and setting up a battle with Sprint and T-Mobile US ahead of next year's 600 MHz incentive auction.