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Comcast and Charter will control 70% of 25 Mbps market with merger: report

If Charter Communications is successfully able to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, it will combine with Comcast to serve around 70 percent of the U.S. marketshare of broadband users with download speeds of 25 Mbps or higher-- not the 90 percent figure posited by merger opposition coalition Stop Mega Cable, according to figures compiled by  Ars Technica.

AT&T sees uptick in consumer, business IP services in two Southeast markets

AT&T saw growing acceptance by consumers and businesses of its IP-based services in Alabama and Florida, noting a sequential uptick in migration from TDM in the third quarter.

Senate Republicans push back on FCC's 25 Mbps broadband definition

Senate Republicans pushed back on the FCC's recent decision to redefine "broadband" as Internet download speeds of 25 Mbps and higher, noting that SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon require far less bandwidth.

CWA to oppose Altice-Cablevision deal in NYC regulatory hearings

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said it will testify against the planned merger of Europe's Altice NV and Cablevision at upcoming hearings by New York's state Public Service Commission (PSC).

Republicans argue that Netflix, Amazon don't require anything near 25 Mbps

The FCC's 25 Mbps broadband definition is facing a fresh round of criticism from a number of Senate Republicans who say that video streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon require speeds that are far lower than the regulator's requirement.

Verizon gets call for FiOS from the Bronx's Co-Op City development

Verizon is facing another call for FiOS in New York City, this time from a group of elected officials and residents in the Bronx borough's Co-Op City development, where 72 percent of the residents are interested in getting the FTTH-based service.

Sprint disses ILECs' inflated special access costs as FCC completes comment period

Speaking to the media on the heels of the deadline to submit comments for the FCC's special access proceeding, Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint, said wireless backhaul costs the carrier pays to ILECs have continued to rise.

AT&T, Gogo trade barbs over power levels in 800 MHz band

Representatives of in-flight wireless Internet provider Gogo recently met with FCC officials to discuss what the company describes as "potentially misleading claims" made by AT&T in support of AT&T's petition for a waiver of FCC rules related to power requirements in the 800 MHz band.

Myanmar's fourth telecoms licence attracts 7 foreign bidders

A proposal by the Myanmar government to issue a fourth telecoms licence has attracted seven foreign bidders, which Reuters noted do not appear to have been put off by the prospect of having to partner with more inexperienced domestic companies.

On the topic of encryption, it's AT&T's Randall Stephenson vs. Apple's Tim Cook

AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson said Congress should determine U.S. policies regarding encryption rather than tech companies, The Wall Street Journal reported. Stevenson, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, broke stride with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has repeatedly objected to criticism of the encryption being used in iPhones.