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Analysts: The benefits of an Iliad/T-Mobile deal are hard to see

It's unclear what T-Mobile US and parent Deutsche Telekom think of Iliad's $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, though early indications are that DT likely thinks the price is too low. However, analysts said the benefits from an Iliad deal are difficult to discern at this point.

Comcast's Cohen warns of 'parochial business interests' behind diversity demand

Comcast executive VP David. L. Cohen stridently defended his cable company's diversity record, advising lawmakers of the numerous Latino-focused independent channels Comcast has launched recently, while cautioning them not to be used by what he termed as "parochial business interests."

Entner: DT should take Iliad's T-Mobile offer seriously, even though it's less than SoftBank's

We should have seen it coming: Just as we have watched the majority German-owned T-Mobile USA and the majority Japanese-owned Sprint contemplate walking down the aisle in slow motion, a new, dashing suitor has appeared on the stage and who else could it be? It's a French company that thinks it's a better match than the Japanese.

UK and U.S. take separate steps to ease phone unlocking

Phone unlocking hit the headlines in recent days when President Obama signed a bill that would allow U.S. consumers to once again legally unlock their phones in order to be able to change their network operator and retain their device, as widely reported by U.S. media.

Sprint, T-Mobile could be barred from joint bidding in 600 MHz under FCC proposal

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal that would bar Sprint and T-Mobile US from creating a joint venture to bid for spectrum in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.

Carriers tell FCC OTT players should be responsible for their own text-to-911 implementations

Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US think that over-the-top messaging application providers should be solely responsible for complying with any requirements the FCC places on the apps to support text-to-911 procedures. Not surprisingly, they argued that wireless carriers should not be involved in ensuring OTT compliance.

UPDATED: Ofcom cuts proposed hike in 2G, 3G spectrum fees

UK regulator Ofcom scaled back plans to increase fees for 2G and 3G spectrum use, a move that was previously described by analysts as a tax of £4.5 billion (€5.6 billion/$7.5 billion) on the UK mobile industry over 20 years.

Will AT&T, Verizon follow Windstream down the REIT asset path?

Windstream got the attention of the telecom world and financial community on Tuesday when it announced that it would spin off parts of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Not surprisingly, this development quickly fueled speculation that other service providers could, or are considering, a similar move.

FCC's Wheeler calls Verizon's LTE 'network optimization' policy 'disturbing'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead he is "deeply troubled" by the carrier's decision to start slowing down the speeds of some customers who still have legacy unlimited data plans and who cross into the top 5 percent of heavy data users on Verizon's LTE network when they are on high-traffic cell sites.

Apple, Qualcomm and Microsoft learn the new cost of doing business in China

Over the past month or so Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others have had to deal with pushback from Chinese regulators or Chinese state-run media. To me, it's clear that the cost of doing business in China is going up--but the cost of missing out on a growing smartphone market as large as China is even higher.