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FCC gets out of the NFL blackout business

The FCC voted unanimously Tuesday to end 40-year-old rules that restrict pay-TV companies from carrying pro sports games in "blacked out" markets.

FCC's Wheeler: E-Rate reforms should address 'closing the rural fiber gap'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told attendees during an education event in Washington, D.C., that more schools and libraries, particularly those in rural areas, need access to more fiber-based network facilities.

Rumor mill: Aereo-like platforms may be given program licensing rights by FCC

The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.

The enduring need for competition policies in the IP era

From the desks of engineers to the halls of Congress, there is excitement and interest around the ongoing IP transition in communications. There are especially lively discussions about what government can and should do to smooth the transition. Suggestions range from modest adaptation of existing FCC rules to a wholesale overhaul of the Communications Act itself.

FCC to explore wireless operations above 24 GHz, presaging '5G' networks

The FCC is going to start exploring whether and how wireless services can be used in extremely high-band spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz, potentially presaging work carriers will engage in to develop "5G" networks.

Neustar's lobbying for key number-portability contract gets boost from Michael Chertoff

Neustar's lobbying effort to stop a key federal number-portability contract from slipping away to Ericsson's Telcordia unit took another turn via a report sent to the FCC from Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of homeland security. The report, from Chertoff's security consulting firm, the Chertoff Group, concluded that the bidding terms for the contract related to national security were "insufficient in both scope and specificity when compared with widely accepted national and international standards."

Analysts: AT&T-DirecTV deal benefiting from Comcast-TWC heat

With regulators and the public focused on the proposed merger of the Nos. 1 and 2 cable companies, a preliminary deal combining the biggest phone company in the U.S. with the top satellite TV provider is flying under the regulatory radar.

Hungarian telecoms authority issues mobile broadband spectrum

Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telenor, and new entrant Digi Telecommunications each won spectrum in an auction of mobile broadband frequencies in Hungary, the country's telecoms authority revealed today.

EC net closes in on Apple Irish tax scandal

The European Commission (EC) is today expected to release initial details of a probe into Apple's tax arrangements in the region that could see the U.S. smartphone maker fined billions of Euros.  

Comcast set to 'decommission' SVOD service Streampix

Comcast has quietly revealed that it plans to pull the plug on Streampix, the subscription video on demand service it launched in May 2012 to compete with Netflix.